Virtues Golf Club is the only golf course in the Columbus area to make Golfweek's list of the top 15 public golf courses in Ohio. The 18-hole course in Nashport is tied for fifth place with Firestone Fazio Golf Course in Akron.

Golfweek's Best of 2024 lists the best publicly accessible golf courses in the country, judged by an international jury. The Virtues, designed by renowned golf course architect Arthur Hills, opened in 1999 as Longaberger Golf Club before the new owner changed the name in 2016.

The clubhouse overlooks the 18th hole of Virtues Golf Club.The clubhouse overlooks the 18th hole of Virtues Golf Club.

The clubhouse overlooks the 18th hole of Virtues Golf Club.

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Located in eastern Licking County, the course also includes one of the nine most difficult holes of any public course in central Ohio.

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Here is Golfweek’s list of the best public golf courses in Ohio:

  • Number 1: Firestone (South), Akron

  • No. 2: Firestone (North), Akron

  • No. 3: Fowler's Mill (lake and river), Chesterland

  • Number 4: Manakiki, Willoughby

  • No. 5: (tie): The Virtues, Nashport

  • No. 5 (tie): Firestone (Fazio), Akron

  • No. 7: Sleepy Hollow, Brecksville

  • No. 8: Stonelick Hills, Batavia

  • No. 9: The quarry, Canton

  • No. 10: Deer Ridge Golf Club, Bellville

  • No. 11: Boulder Creek, Streetsboro

  • No. 12: Pine Hills, Hinckley

  • No. 13: Little Mountain, Painesville

  • No. 14: Mill Creek Golf Course (North), Boardman

  • No. 15: Elks Run, Batavia

This article originally appeared in the Columbus Dispatch: Columbus-area Virtues is one of Ohio's best public golf courses

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