Canterbury Golf Club---Cleveland, Ohio


Rankings as of July 2, 2010---
11th best course in Ohio (Golf Digest)
79th best classic course (Golfweek)


Canterbury Golf Club is the most under-appreciated golf course I have ever played.  At the time of this review,only Golfweek rated it among the Top 100 in the US.  And Golfweek only has it as the 79th best modern course, which most likely puts it out of the Top 100 composite list in the US.  It is my opinion that this ranking drastically under rates the golf course.

Herbert Strong built the course in 1921 over a 146 acre piece of property.  Although this is a somewhat small
piece of property, the job Strong did routing the course in second to none and he takes full advantage of every single inch of that property.  In fact, due to modern technology the course has had to be expanded and the tips now play over 7,000 yards.  Not too shabby, given it is under 150 acres.

Perhaps that most striking thing about the golf course is the turf.  The fairways are like greens in their velvety smoothness and wonderful consistency.  Balls struck well off the tee seem to roll forever as this velvety turf plays fast and firm.  Hitting approach shots off the fairways are wonderful and the sound of the club cutting through the grass is so crisp and clean, it is music to a golfer’s ears.  And if you get around the green in the fairway, you will have a real option to putt the chip shots as the roll will be just as true coming off the fairway as they are on the green.

The slopes on the green are somewhat subtle and need to be paid attention to.  The speed of the greens is a wonderful 11 to 11.5 on the stimp meter and they are as smooth as any golfer could ever want.  Like striking balls off those wonderful fairways, putting on these greens is a pure joy.

The apex of a round at Canterbury is the closing holes, where Mr. Strong shows his ability to add some uniqueness to the round.  With these photos used with permission of Ran Morrissett and Golf Club Atlas, you can get a great look at these wonderful holes.

Here's the incredible uphill approach shot on 15...


The wonderfullly brutal par 5 16th...




The unique par 3 17th green site...



And the approach to the 18th...


 

 

Canterbury is a joy to play and measures 6,494 yards from the blue tees and is rated 72/133.