Scioto Country Club

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Scioto Country Club
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Scioto in October 1918
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Coordinates 40°00′07″N83°04′30″W / 40.002°N 83.075°W / 40.002; -83.075 Coordinates: 40°00′07″N83°04′30″W / 40.002°N 83.075°W / 40.002; -83.075
Location Upper Arlington, Ohio
Elevation800 feet (240 m)
Established1916, 107 years ago
Total holes18
Greens Bentgrass
FairwaysBentgrass [1]
Designed by Donald Ross
Par 70
Length7,140 yards (6,529 m) [2]
Course rating 75.4 [3] [4]
Slope rating 140

Scioto Country Club, is a private country club and golf course in the central United States, located in Upper Arlington, Ohio, a suburb northwest of Columbus. It hosted the U.S. Senior Open in August 2016.



Designed by Donald Ross, the golf course opened 107 years ago in 1916 and has hosted five PGA/USGA tournaments, including two majors. One of its co-founders was Samuel P. Bush, the paternal grandfather of President George H. W. Bush (and great-grandfather of President George W. Bush). [5]

Scioto is one of only four courses to host the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup, and the U.S. Amateur. The other three are Oak Hill Country Club (east), Oakland Hills Country Club (south), and Pinehurst Resort (#2): all four courses were designed by Ross.

Jack Nicklaus learned to play the game at Scioto in the early 1950s, mentored by Jack Grout, [6] and Bobby Jones won the second of his four U.S. Open titles there in 1926.

Its championship golf course was renovated in 2008 by Nicklaus and Michael Hurdzan. Over $6 million in improvements to its facilities are underway, and it was announced on April 17, 2012 [7] [8] [9] that the course would host the 2016 U.S. Senior Open.

From the championship tees, Scioto is par 70 at 7,140 yards (6,529 m); the rating is 75.4 and the slope is 140. [2] [3]

Course layout

2016 U.S. Senior Open

Source: [4] Total7,14070


Scioto is consistently ranked as one of the best courses in the United States. Currently, Golf Week ranks Scioto as the 53rd best Classic Course in the United States . It was ranked #49 in 2005. Golf Digest has Scioto ranked 59th , while Golf Magazine lists it as the 43rd best course (ranked 42nd in 2005).

Golf Digest rated this 36th best out of "America's 100 Greatest Courses" for 1995-96, and 32nd best for 1997-98. The same publication rated it as the 4th "Best in State" course for 1995-96, and 3rd best for 1997-98. In the category of "Top 100 Courses in the U.S." it was selected 29th by Golf Magazine in 1995, 33rd in 1997 and 43rd in 1999. Golf Week rated it 38th among "America's 100 Best Classical Courses" for 1997, 45th in 1998 and 47th in 1999.

Scioto is also ranked the 6th best course in Ohio by Golf Digest for 2005-2006.

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