"The Scottish Links at Glenlaurel" is a replica of the links-style courses built as far back as 400 years in the British Isles. You are sure to enjoy your unique Hocking Hills golf experience with us!
Historically, courses varied from five to twenty five holes. The famed Old Course at St. Andrews played for a century with twelve holes, then was expanded to twenty-two, and finally reduced to eighteen which was adapted as the norm. Those earliest golf courses were not built but rather they were "discovered” as golfers selected small flat areas to serve as "greens," many of which were pure sand without grass. In America, even North Carolina's famed Pinehurst Country Club started in 1894 with sand greens and nine holes, and didn't get grass greens until 40 years later.
Today, Glenlaurel has built a links-style Scottish golf course that is unlike any other Hocking Hills golf course you’ve ever experienced. World-renowned golf architect, Dr. Michael Hurdzan and his son Dr. Chris Hurdzan, from Hurdzan Golf Design (located in Columbus, Ohio) suggested the original concept because it fits so well with the Glenlaurel aura. As golf collectors, historians and traditionalists, Mike and Chris have advocated old time, low cost, simple golf courses and strongly believe that they can be just as much fun to play and memorable as their expensive counterparts. Although Hurdzan Golf has designed over 400 golf courses around the world and is currently working on new design golf courses in China, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Italy, and Brazil, Glenlaurel will be their first authentic sand green links-type golf course.
Nestled in the beautiful rolling hills and meadowlands on Glenlaurel’s Estate are eight links-style holes. The golfers experience will replicate that of Scottish golf from over 100 years ago, while playing on actual sand greens and tees and using original Hickory Shaft Clubs and sand tees.
Sand greens and tees will need no water, fertilizer, pesticides, or energy sources for their maintenance, which also fit with Glenlaurel's approach to environmental stewardship, as well as what Hurdzan/Fry has championed for decades.
Navigating through the golf course, players will use golf balls that are designed to travel half the distance of today’s ball and mimicking the rules of golf in that era…ever so enhancing the game as it was meant to be played a century ago.
The gently rolling grass fairways and pasture grasses are accented by occasional old stone fence as found in Scotland. There are so many optional ways to play Glenlaurel Links that golfers will never tire of of our unique Hocking Hills golf course.
Golf the way it was meant to be played a century ago, right here in the beautiful Hocking Hills. View our golf course here!
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“So much fun. More relaxing than a regular golf course.” ~ Leah, Glenlaurel Guest
Golfers will have the opportunity to play on pure sand greens and tees rather than conventional grass greens; play with 4 original 100-year-old Hickory shaft clubs, vintage stovepipe golf bag, and sand tee mold.