Continues to be
Ohio's Most Popular Course
Big Met Golf Course (originally named Course #1), believed to be Ohio's most
played golf course, has hosted over 6,000,000 rounds of golf since it opened in
1926. During the "Golden Era" of golf in the early 1920s, the sports director of
the Cleveland Press, Rodney C. Sutton, proposed that the Cleveland
Metropolitan Park Board build a golf course in the Rocky River Valley. Local
golf enthusiasts persuaded the board that golf was a growing sport and that a
"Pay as you play" course was needed and would be supported.
The original course design was completed by Stanley Thompson and has since
undergone several major changes. In 1950, the original small clubhouse was
replaced with the current clubhouse to allow for more parking. When Big Met
opened, golfers traveled to the course by various modes of transportation
including streetcar, foot, and horseback.
In 1964, a fairway irrigation system was installed and in 1967, holes #7 and
#8 were lengthened and remodeled. A dominant characteristic of Big Met is the
dike which helps hold back the Rocky River and can be seen from several vantage
With gentle rolling hills, moderate length, eight sand bunkers, and neatly
trimmed rough, Big Met Golf Course has the ideal blend of scenic beauty and
playability, yet the course is challenging enough for the advanced player.
Features: Pro shop, snack bar, power and hand cart rental, golf club rental, practice
putting greens, watered greens, continuous cart paths, tees and fairways.