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.
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.
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.
Hole 6 – 287 yards – Par 4
I am a fan of drivable par 4s and this definitely one fits the bill.
As you can see in the photo below, you want to hit a cut into the green to avoid the bunker on the right.
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.
The approach shot below is from about 200 yards, but it played about a club and half shorter than the listed yardage.
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.
The green, as seen below, is very wide. The pond you see is the same one seen in the pictures of the 8th hole.
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.
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.
The approach shot calls for a cut with the water on the right.
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.
Below the second shot continues up the steep hill. This shot is from 195 yards out, but club up to account for the slope.
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.
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.