The home of the Kent State Golf Team, and their prodigy Ben Curtis, Windmill Lakes is a big boy golf course, wide fairways and huge undulating greens, and host to some great demo days, be sure to get on their list if you are looking for new clubs or just want to see the newest toys out there.
The course has some of the best tees and fairways in the area, well maintained and large enough to handle the large number of players a public golf course attracts. And Windmill attracts play, in just one week the course was host to 4 tournaments. A challenge for any course. The greens are the only weak spot on a truly PGA Tour like experience. The large undulating greens are challenging enough, but they lack the speed that one would expect from a facility that is otherwise superior in all other respects. Whether this is due to a deliberate plan to protect the average player, or is a conditioning problem is up to you, obviously the course can use hole locations that would be impossible if the greens were faster. The bunkers were well maintained and had enough sand to allow proper play, the rough was not as daunting as other courses, but the length of the course does not require US Open rough to make it difficult.
Rating Green TTTT Speed Medium Fast
While the Tournament tees stretch to 6900 yds, the course has 5 sets of tees to allow you to pick your poison, as it were. Most holes have generous fairways but don’t be fooled, hit it on the wrong side and you may be dealing with a tree or a bunker on your approach. The sixth is just such a hole, keep your tee shot right or you may be blocked out by the trees on the corner. The next hole, shortest par 4 on the course has water right, OB left, so keep it center and LAYUP, driver is not necessary and usually results in regret. Numbers 9 and 10 are maybe the most difficult driving holes on the course, tree lined, 9, requires a draw to keep it in the fairway, and 10, must thread the needle between the huge tree on the left and the trees on the right, two pars here is great play at the turn. The par 3’s are all long, requiring mid to long irons from the back tees. There are only two par 5’s both of which are unreachable for all but the longest hitters, play smart and plan on 3 shots. Overall length matters, but a smart player can overcome a lack of length with solid iron play and game plan.
Windmill Lakes has it all, a big time golf course, excellent clubhouse, well, maybe overstocked, proshop, a full driving range and chipping area. The staff is plentiful and helpful, reminiscent of a private facility. The carts have yardage books and a basic gps unit, both helpful and necessary considering the huge greens on most holes.
If you are looking for bikini waxed greens, this is not the place, for everything else Windmill Lakes is top notch, top notch, and well worth the trip. The regular rate is a bit pricey, but check out my link for discounted green fees at Windmill or visit their site. Ravenna is lucky that the ownership here has kept this a golf course, it would have been a shame to lose this gem to housing.
For discounts on equipment and green fees, and to support local amateur golf to boot visit www.championshipgolf.organd find the links to what you need.
For Tournament Information, visit www.NEOHGolf.com