Incredible golf begins and ends right here at beautiful Firestone Country Club. Firestone has long been synonymous with golf history. The first golf tournament hosted at Firestone Country Club was The Rubber City Open in 1954. Played on the South Course, the tournament was held yearly until 1959. Notable champions like Tommy Bolt, Arnold Palmer and Tom Nieporte all staked their claim to fame on its challenging bunkers, courses and fairways. The PGA Championship came to Firestone for the first time in 1960, then returned in 1966 and 1975 with champions Jay Hebert, Al Geiberger and Jack Nicklaus.
In the 1975 PGA Championship, Jack Nicklaus pulled out a remarkable par on the Arnold Palmer-nicknamed “Monster” 16th hole, considered to be the hardest hole on Firestone Country Club’s South Course. Tiger Woods also had a memorable moment when his “shot in the dark” on hole no. 18 landed him a victory at the 2000 World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational. These spectacular Akron golf courses are sure to draw you into their historic mystique as you wind your way around the beautifully arranged holes.