The North Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., is noted for the scenic beauty of its lakes and streams.
The South Course, designed by Bert Way and redesigned by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1960, is best known for its legendary history of tournament play.
The cream of the world’s golf crop face a stern challenge every time they descend on the fabled Firestone Country Club. Firestone has a rich history of testing the world’s best players, which it did for 22 years as the site of the World Series of Golf and now the present home of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
Noted for its length, the par 70, 7,283-yard South Course includes a series of intimidating, long par-4 holes and one of the longest par 5s anywhere. The 16th hole plays to 667 yards. A pond in front of the green captures its share of errant shots. Usually, the casualties aren’t the result of futile attempts to reach the green in two; they are third shots from players who hit errant tee shots and find the woods. A well-placed long tee shot does not guarantee the opportunity to get home in two. Players, however, have a birdie opportunity on the only other par-5, the 497-yard second hole.
At 464 yards, the 18th hole is long, narrow and has a green defended by bunkers. It’s not a place to expect to make a birdie to win.
The 16th hole doesn’t have the market covered on length. Before you even get there, the par-3, 221-yard, 15th hole provides enough of a challenge. Its flat green makes for a straight putt, but getting the ball close to the 15th hole can be a problem. From the tee, bunkers on the left of the green are hidden and provide for unpleasant surprises.
If a 221-yard par 3 isn’t enough, try the 200-yard 5th hole. The small green can be reached with a 5- or 6-iron, but you might need as much as a 3-iron when the wind is blowing. Strange as it may seem, it is not one of the toughest scoring holes--that honor goes to two of the par 4s. The 6th hole is 469 yards of challenge. It has ranked as the toughest for professionals at Firestone over the years. When Robert Trent Jones redesigned Firestone into “The Monster” in 1959, this hole made par an excellent score.
The 471-yard 4th hole is another test. All the hole asks a player to do is hit a long and straight tee shot, followed by an approach shot that must come in high to hold the elevated green. Sometimes this is easier said than done. But then again, that’s the best way to sum up Firestone Country Club’s South Course.
The West Course, a links-style course designed by Tom Fazio in 2001, is built around the perimeter of the South Course and is home to the Ohio Senior Open.
Raymond C. Firestone Public 9 and Driving Range
Raymond C. Firestone Public 9 is one of the finest manicured facilities in Northeast Ohio. It is maintained to the high standards of world famous Firestone Country Club. The 3008 yard, par 35, nine-hole golf course is a perfect venue for players of all abilities. The sloping fast greens and rolling terrain make this a course that challenges even the very best golfers. The lack of forced carries makes it playable for women, juniors, seniors, and novice golfers as well. We offer players the ability to play golf in two hours or less and advocate that nine holes of golf is a perfect number of holes for the majority of golfers. We have four sets of tees that allow for the players to play the course at a length that will suit their game and make for an enjoyable experience.
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