GOLF Magazine Ranked Sleepy Hollow as #13 and Manakiki as #27 Best Municipal Golf Courses
Cleveland Metroparks today announced that GOLF Magazine ranked two of its golf courses as among the top 30 municipal golf courses in America. Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in Brecksville was named the 13th best municipal course and Manakiki in Willoughby was named the 27th best municipal course in America. The 2021 ranking produced by GOLF Magazine is the first that GOLF has put together on public-access courses that are often the most accessible and affordable golf courses in the country.
“We are thrilled to have both Sleepy Hollow and Manakiki recognized as among the best municipal courses in the country,” said Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian M. Zimmerman. “Municipal golf courses are often among the most affordable and accessible golf courses in the country and at Cleveland Metroparks we strive to offer high-quality opportunities for golfers of all ages and skill levels.”
Sleepy Hollow Golf Course offers spectacular views of the Cuyahoga River Valley and a classic “out and in” layout. The course has been the site for many amateur and professional events including qualifying events for USGA championships and every other year hosting the Greater Cleveland Amateur Championship. Recent improvements over the last few years include renovated bunkers and tee boxes, new irrigation system, as well as a renovation to its private rental space in 2019.
Designed by Stanley Thompson, the early holes on both nines play down hill and down the prevailing wind, therefore seeming shorter than the yardage indicates. The incoming holes play uphill and into the wind making them play surprisingly long. It also features one of the toughest par 3s in Northeast Ohio.
Manakiki Golf Course is an elegant public course in a classic Donald Ross design. The course offers a variety of challenges including doglegs, water hazards, up-and-down shots, back-to-back par 5s, and two canyon holes. The course is full of picturesque beauty from its maple-lined fairways, elevated tees and greens as well as its historic clubhouse – formerly a summer estate for prominent Cleveland industrialist Howard Hanna.
Manakiki Golf Course
“Each of Cleveland Metroparks eight golf courses offer a unique experience across the Emerald Necklace,” said Cleveland Metroparks Director of Golf Operations Damian Cosby. “This recognition is a testament to the care and pride Cleveland Metroparks team dedicates to its golf courses.”
Cleveland Metroparks features eight courses across Northeast Ohio and also offers golf lessons for all ages and skill levels, golf camps, golf leagues and tournaments. Learn more about Cleveland Metroparks golf courses including ways to save on your next round by visiting clevelandmetroparks.com/golf
For more information on the GOLF ranking, visit GOLF.com
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