Boulder Creek Golf Club is built on 200 acres of spectacular land that was the end result of the ice age. Over 100 feet of elevation changes and the unique contour of the property make it one of the most beautiful golf courses in Ohio. Each hole was painstakingly built to the natural topography utilizing the natural features of the property to their fullest advantage.
I was first made aware of the property in April of 1997 by Eleanor Kline, a local realtor who had a 100-acre farm for sale which now encompasses the first half of the course. I then walked the remaining vacant land owned by Bob Corbett (holes 11 and 12) and immediately knew this was the perfect property to build a golf course on. I was able to purchase both properties and began the arduous task of routing the course through the densely forested land. My knowledge came from the writings of the greatest golf architects from the past and present. The names include Alister MacKenzie, A.W. Tillinghast, Donald Ross, Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, and Tom Fazio. I was able to eliminate all of the pitfalls and mistakes in the final design, and without their knowledge, I could not have achieved the end result.
Every person who loves golf has two dreams, one is to be able to play on the PGA tour and the second is to be able to design and build a golf course. I am fortunate to have been able to do the latter and achieve national acclaim for the course that I built. My goal was to build a championship layout that could be played by varying skill levels because of the many tees, and to have each hole be truly unique.
The true sign of a great golf course is that you can’t wait to play it again even after it has humbled you.
A great golf course rewards shotmaking. A great golf course offers breathtaking scenery.
And, perhaps most importantly, a great golf course is able to gain a favorable reputation thanks to the people who play it. Barry Goodrich - Crain's Cleveland
The Making of Boulder Creek
It took me about five years in total. A year to slowly and selectively clearing the property. And then about 4 years of construction.
Yes, I did after I read all of the books on golf course design. I did not have the help of an architect.
Yes, we did everything in-house. My father owned an excavating business and I grew up doing that type of work.
We have lengthened the course, added new holes, more drainage with each year, shaping the holes to add more dimension. Boulder Creek is my passion project and it is never done.
That is a tough question…there are so many. If I had to pick one it would be the island green because it is so special, unique to Ohio, and the view from the top of the tee box is gorgeous due to the elevation.