Built by the notorious Bill Griffith, old time Barberton gambler, Spring Hills looks a lot older than it is. Designed in the old style with small greens, the course has survived some hard times. Located on Cleveland Massillon Rd. just South of State Rte 585. .
If you played Spring Hills in the summer a few years ago, you would not recognize it, they make due with the old style irrigation system but at least they use it now. The course used to get so hard and fast that it could catch fire if you thinned an iron shot. Today while not lush is at least playable, and newer mowing equipment gives the course a nice finished look. The greens are small usually firm and not so fast. The rough is weedy and inconsistent; you can tell not much money is spent on keeping up the rough. However the bunkers are some of the best around, white sand, firm enough to spin it out of them, they are so good it tempts you to aim at them.
Rating TT Green Speed Medium
If you score on the par 3’s you will light it up. Three of the four par 3’s are over 220 from the back tees. A long shot into a small green is not easy. The best of the bunch is the downhill 17th, avoid the lake right of the green, at 244 from the tips the hole has several teeing grounds that can drastically change the yardage.
The pars 5’s are easy, and a couple of 4’s are drivable. The best hole is not even being used, #11 should be played from the top of the hill, where #8 tee sits, the view is tremendous. There is a good selection of par 4’s none too long but you will hit most of the clubs in your bag. On the downside, the course has several blind tee shots, and waiting for the group in front to clear the landing area is a difficulty.
If you need to drown your sorrows after your round a cozy 19th hole awaits, or you can take more drastic action at the large public pool, complete with a high dive. The pro shop will get you tees, balls and gloves but not much else. A decent practice green sits next to the first tee, and there is a range where you can hit your own balls with a small bunker and pitching green.
As discount golf goes, this is a good value, a tolerable and interesting course, not too hard, not too easy. You can get a membership here for less than the cost of a foursome at a premium course, so if you are nearby, or want to play more golf on a tight budget, you cant go wrong at Spring Hills.
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