Through the great foresight of L.W. St. John, (Ohio State Athletic Director, 1912-1947) Ohio State University can claim two golf courses considered by many to be masterpieces in classical golf course architecture. The Scarlet course is rated as one of the top collegiate courses in the nation. Dr. Alister MacKenzie, a world-renowned golf course architect, submitted the original routing plans to L.W. St. John on January 6, 1931 and construction of the Scarlet course was overseen by famed architect Perry Maxwell. The Scarlet was completed in 1938 and the Gray was finished later in 1940.

The dedication ceremony was held on May 18, 1940, when Bob Kepler, (golf coach from 1938-1965) Chick Evans, Blanche Sohl, and Patty Berg played 18 holes on the Scarlet course. Patty Berg, one of the four charter members of the LPGA Hall of Fame, returned to OSU in 1990 to conduct a clinic at the annual OSU Pro-AM Tournament.

In the 1930’s only a handful of universities had golf facilities and most of those were eastern schools. Building two golf courses when the country was in the middle of the Great Depression was quite an accomplishment. The labor for the construction of the Golf Course was provided under a government subsidized program known as the Works Progress Administration, a program designed to create jobs during the depression. Few schools can boast the proud association The Ohio State University has enjoyed with the game of golf. With the many outstanding players and professionals spawned at this great facility, the name Ohio State has become synonymous with collegiate golf.

In 1941, Ohio State made history when it hosted the first ever women’s collegiate golf championship on the Scarlet course. In 1982, Ohio State hosted the final Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Division I National Championship. In 1991, Ohio State hosted the NCAA Women’s Championship, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the national tournament for women on the course on which it was conceived. The women’s program later went on to host the 1997 and 2006 tournaments as well. The Scarlet Course has also played host to 10 men’s National Championships. Over the years the Ohio State Scarlet course has been the site of several U.S. Open qualifiers, U.S. Amateur qualifiers and the 1977 USGA Junior Championship.

In 2005 and 2006 the Scarlet Course underwent a major restoration project overseen by former Buckeye legend Jack Nicklaus. Jack concentrated on restoring the course to the way Alister MacKenzie originally intended it to play. The bunkers were redesigned to appear more like the classic MacKenzie designs at his numerous other courses. The course was also lengthened to play more than 7,400 yards and the par was changed to 71. The driving range was also enlarged and a short-game practice area was built for both of the varsity golf teams as well as another one for the members of the club.

Hours of Operation

Golf Shop

First tee time begins a half hour after golf shop hours.

January 1 – March 19 —  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
March 20 – March 31  —  8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
April —  7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
May —  7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
June 1 – August 31
——Weekdays —  7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
——Weekends —  6:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
September —  7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
October —  7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
November —  8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
December —  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Restaraunt and Mackenzie Pub

Mondays: Closed
Tuesday – Friday:
——Breakfast —  7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
——Lunch —  11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturdays: Closed
Sunday Brunch —  11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Mackenzie Pub
April 1 – October 31
Mondays: Closed
Tuesday – Sunday —  7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Visit Us


3605 Tremont Rd.
Columbus, OH 43221
Golf Shop: 614-514-4653
Restaurant: 614-514-3663
Email: OhioStateGolfClub@osu.edu

Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct has been developed to ensure a safe, friendly and respectful place for Ohio State Golf Club (“OSUGC”) members, alumni, faculty/staff, students and visitors to gather to play golf and utilize the club dining and other facilities.

The Code of Conduct outlines acceptable/unacceptable behavior. All Ohio State embers, alumni, faculty/staff, students and visitors are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that creates an environment and culture that is free from harassment and reflective of the honesty, integrity and good sportsmanship inherent in the game of golf. This same integrity, honesty and goodwill are expected whether on the golf course or utilizing the clubhouse dining areas or other facilities.

The Ohio State University has the authority to enforce this Code of Conduct for all members and their guest(s). Violations of the Code of Conduct by member or member’s guests will be subject to disciplinary action by The Ohio State University. Disciplinary action shall be determined in the sole discretion of The Ohio State University and may include, but is not limited to, a verbal warning, suspension of membership privileges and termination of the Member Agreement. Members are responsible for paying their dues during the time they are suspended.

Member shall and member will ensure that his/her guests shall comply with the conduct below:

  • OSUGC and its grounds are TOBACCO FREE pursuant to Ohio State’s rules regarding tobacco use. Use of tobacco products (including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipes, electronic cigarettes and oral tobacco) is prohibited any place on the grounds, including the golf courses and practice areas, clubhouse areas, the parking lots and all outdoor spaces.
  • Conduct yourself (and ensure that your guests conduct themselves) in a manner that maintains an environment free from sexual misconduct in compliance with Ohio State’s Policy 1.15.
  • Do not engage in any form of harassment including, but not limited to, harassment on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other bases under the law or university policy.
  • OSUGC is a family friendly environment and you agree to conduct yourself in a manner appropriate for children at all times, including but not limited to, refraining from using obscenities and not engaging in disruptive behavior.
  • Observe proper etiquette on and off the golf course; in and around the clubhouse and parking areas. This includes, but is not limited to, behaving in a sportsmanlike manner and not knowingly cheating, throwing clubs or acting in a disrespectful manner towards officials, employees or fellow competitors. As an OSUGC member, you acknowledge the importance of respect and propriety in establishing and maintaining an exceptional golf club community. You agree that you will not engage in behavior that is disruptive, abusive, threatening, violent or harassing to OSUGC staff members, fellow members and guests.
  • Abide by federal, state and local laws and regulations, including but not limited to, laws prohibiting the possession of any illegal drugs and/or weapons on OSUGC property.
  • Report to the General Manager of the OSUGC any potential violations of Ohio State policies, federal, state or local laws or potential violations of this Code of Conduct.
  • Adhere to ALL club rules (including, but not limited to, the rules listed below):
    • Dress code policies
    • Sign in procedures in the Golf Shop
    • Rental and safe operation of carts in designated areas ONLY
    • Guidelines concerning the areas on which carts are not allowed, i.e. within 30 feet from tees and greens and “no mow” areas
    • Seek staff approval for starting on hole number 10
    • Obey signs “Open or Closed” and “irons only” for the driving range unless proper permission is sought and received from golf shop staff
    • Use and take proper care of putting greens
    • All golfers must be respectful of other players and not play music any louder than can be heard in the cart. No speakers are permitted during club tournaments and events.
  • Bring any concerns regarding OSUGC staff job performance to the General Manager and refrain from instructing staff on how to perform their job duties.
  • Report real or perceived hazards to OSGC staff and/or General Manager.

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