Jimmy Ferguson

Jimmy Ferguson's Take on Longaberger Golf Club


Longaberger Golf Club

Architect: Arthur Hills
Year: 1999

1 Long Drive, Nashport, Ohio 43830
(740) 763-1100

driving range available
motorized golf carts available


While in the area for the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village, my wife and I needed to find a place to play before heading back home to South Carolina. Since I didn’t have any contacts at the Top 100 courses in the Columbus area, I pulled out Top 100 public course ratings to see what I could find. I’m really glad I did that because otherwise I would have never found and played Longaberger Golf Club.

An interesting side note about this course is that the name comes from the courses’ affiliation with The Longaberger Company (editor’s note: The Longaberger Company currently has the course up for sale). For those not familiar with this company, they have been the premier manufacturer of handcrafted baskets since the early 1970s. In fact, on our way to the course we passed Longaberger’s corporate headquarters building and it is actually shaped just like one of their iconic picnic baskets.
 
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We arrived at the course early for our pre-8 AM tee time and headed out to an expansive driving range. It was a long way from the club house and I would not recommend walking to this range. We would just be a twosome today so after hitting a few balls we headed out to the 1st tee to begin a new adventure. I decided to play the blue tees which are listed at 6,498 yards.

Hole 1 – 377 yards – Par 4
The first hole is a dogleg right as can be seen in the photo below. A good line is a little cut at the tree in the middle of the fairway.
 
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Hole 3 – 353 yards – Par 4
The 3rd hole continues what is a trend at Longaberger with another dogleg and elevated green. A nice little draw here is perfect.
 
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Hole 6 – 287 yards – Par 4
I am a fan of drivable par 4s and this definitely one fits the bill.
 
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As you can see in the photo below, you want to hit a cut into the green to avoid the bunker on the right.
 
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Hole 8 – 420 yards – Par 4
The tee shot at the 8th hole is a beauty. It plays slightly uphill and then drops down for the approach. I suppose if you are a real bomber you could take a line at the tree seen here. I just played it out to the right with the normal people.
 
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The approach shot below is from about 200 yards, but it played about a club and half shorter than the listed yardage.
 
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Hole 9 – 150 yards – Par 3
The tee shot at the 9th is a tester. It’s all carry to a green framed nicely by trees.
 
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The green, as seen below, is very wide. The pond you see is the same one seen in the pictures of the 8th hole.
 
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Hole 15 – 404 yards – Par 4
The approach shot at the 15th hole illustrates the raised green trend here. You see this a lot at Longaberger.
 
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Hole 16 – 476 yards – Par 5
This is just a good short par 5. In the tee shot photo, you cannot see the water that runs all the way down the right side of the hole.
 
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The approach shot calls for a cut with the water on the right.
 
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Hole 18 – 434 yards – Par 4
The 18th is a really good finisher. After the tee shot it plays uphill all the way, so bust it down the middle here.
 
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Below the second shot continues up the steep hill. This shot is from 195 yards out, but club up to account for the slope.
 
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I also liked the clubhouse, seen in the photo below. It was an expansive space with a large pro shop, restaurant, locker rooms and corporate meeting rooms for its namesake company.
 
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Longaberger was a good course. It was not very walker friendly, but that would be my only knock on the place. Since we had a cart, I was really able to appreciate the changes in elevation that the course provided. I also thought the greens ran incredibly smooth for a public track. In addition, the staff was very friendly and welcoming. All in all, it was another successful trip playing a good golf course. The American win in the Presidents Cup capped off a great weekend.

  • TI & Muss

    Great write-up and pics…the 4th is another great “short” par 5 that is all downhill and reachable for big hitters. It drops something like 125 feet from tee to green….and Jimmy you always have a Top 100 connection in Columbus. Holler at us on twitter next time and we’d love to throw a peg in the ground with you. -Tim & Jay

    • Jimmy

      True, the 4th was a cool hole. Unfortunately, the sun was right in my face making photos a bit difficult. Really cool setting though with the water. I will definitely hit you guys up when I plan on coming back to Columbus. So much great golf in that area!

  • BG

    One of the best public tracks in ohio. It was built during heady times, no expense was spared during the construction. Glad you enjoyed it. Probably one of the best courses for the money anyone could play. Just another sleeper in Golf rich Ohio.

    • Jimmy

      Definitely, the greens were some of the best public greens I have ever putted on. It was a real treat.

  • DonDelcoOBR

    Great read, Jimmy. I live in Columbus and I’ve been dying to get out here. It seems like it’s well worth the hour drive east from the city. Definitely going to play it next year.

    On a totally related question, what’s the course record? I’ll be gunning for it. (FYI, I’m using my sarcasm font.)

    • Jimmy

      Haha, better you than me. Not sure what the record is. I would ask in the pro shop with extreme confidence!

  • lbandito1 .

    Longaberger is one place I play every time I work in Columbus. It’s my favorite public track in the state. It had some early publicity hosting the PGA club professionals championship (I think Whistling Straits had held it the year earlier) and a Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf. Good land, no houses, and good conditioning. At less than $100, I’m surprised most Columbus golfers don’t play it at least once a season. I call it a must play if in the area.

    • Jimmy

      Definitely agree. I would play it a couple times a season if I lived in the area.

  • michael nowacki

    Longaberger is very friendly to the high handicap with fat fairways and greens. You also don’t find many severely penalizing spots around the greens as you would with Dye or Fazio courses. It is a very scenic course and has a “private” feel to it because you usually can’t see other golfers on the course when you are on any given hole. I live in Northeast Ohio and we have some good public courses like Little Mountain, Boulder Creek, and Fowler’s Mill, but Longaberger is the best public course in Ohio. Avalon Lakes is a hidden gem Pete Dye course in Northeast Ohio that gets overlooked because it is semi-private.