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Tee Off in Toledo

Toledo area golf courses are open for business! So grab your clubs, set your tee time and get out and enjoy.

During the recovery and reopening phase, golf is an excellent way to enjoy the fresh air while getting some exercise. And, above all else, golfing is one of the best social distancing sports during this time. So, get ready to hone your golf skills while enjoying the great outdoors. Here is a sample of some of the best public golf courses in the region offering enough variety to match any skill level.

One of the most beautiful golf courses in the area is Maumee Bay Golf Course, designed by internationally known Toledo-native Arthur Hills. The course rests on 1,850 acres of protected wetlands inside Maumee Bay State Park along Lake Erie. Maumee Bay is a favorite among locals and has received acclaim from national golf publications for being one of the country’s best golf values. The Scottish-links course offers up hole-number 14 – with its twisting pars and water hazards – as its signature hole. Pro Tip: Take advantage of the lakefront state park location with a stay and play package at Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center.

Established in 1925, Heather Downs Country Club was originally used as a horse racing track, then a private country club. The now semi-private 18-hole course with beautiful, mature trees welcomes members and the public to this historic site. After a round of 18 on this beautifully maintained course, sit back and enjoy good food and drinks in Bogey’s Bar & Grill.  Brush up on your game before hitting the course at the driving range and practice facilities. Golf instruction and the pro shop are also available on site.

Ottawa Park, a municipally owned golf course located adjacent to the University of Toledo, is internationally recognized. More than 100 years old, it is believed to be one of the oldest, if not the oldest, municipal golf course in the country. The par-5, fourth-hole has been featured in various publications, including the USGA’s official magazine, for its challenging and interesting design. Its lush greens and tons of mature trees make this one of the most picturesque and popular courses in the city. Check out other city-owned courses, including historic Collins Park Golf Course, established in 1932 and the Arthur Hills-designed Detwiler Golf Course.

For those seeking a members-only feel on a public course, South Toledo Golf Club is the answer. This course, established in 1925, was once part of a country club, but has since been opened to the public. For those who want to practice in the off-season, the club has a large golf dome, which houses a driving range and putting green. Fun Fact: The architect, William J. Rockefeller of New York was the first greens superintendent at Toledo’s renowned Inverness Club (1903-1927).

Eagles Landing Golf Club is located on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie, just east of downtown Toledo in Oregon, Ohio. This championship 18-hole course has large rolling greens, beautifully manicured fairways and four tee boxes. A must play for every golfer, Eagle's Landing is a stern test of golf for the highly skilled player from the back tees and will test every club in your bag. From the middle tees, it is hole-after-hole of spectacular golf for the recreational golfer. Pro Tip: Its location on the southwestern shore of Lake Erie near many popular attractions, make it a perfect choice for a stay and play package.

For a complete listing of sporting fun and great ideas for outdoor recreation go to VisitToledo.org. Be sure to share your photos and adventures with us @toledocvb and use #ThisIsToledo on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.