The PGA understands the deep competitive history of golf in Ohio, and accordingly located one of its TPC-branded clubs just north of Cincinnati.
Many tourists will be in this part of the state for the nearby King’s Island theme park, but those who manage to get a tee time at TPC River’s Bend will also be in for a thrill ride — although perhaps not as long and jarring as that park’s “The Beast” (the longest roller coaster in the United States), this course approaches 7,200 yards from the tips, and a variety of water hazards and large bunkers will make scoring difficult.
Among its standouts are No. 9, a long par four that plays to a green that wraps horizontally around a waterfalled pond near the clubhouse, embodying the TPC brand’s combination of pleasurable aesthetics and challenge. On the shorter side of things, No. 7 is no merry-go-round: The shortest hole on the course features a shallow, wide green fronted by a pond, challenging average players to just find the putting surface, and better players to try attacking the flag.
During its 20-year existence, TPC River’s Bend has hosted events for the LPGA, the Champions Tour, and the Web.com tour
The layout of the course is top notch. Some tough holes and some relaxed holes allow for an enjoyable round. The elevation changes and "hidden" wind can challenge even the best player on many of the holes. When the greens are in season and the rough/heather is grown, be sure you play smart golf!