Join Us on June 4th

2018 Member Day at Columbia Hills Golf & Swim Club

As a special offer to all current Fairways Golf Members, you now have the opportunity to play Columbia Hills Golf and Swim Club on Monday, June 4th.

Columbia Hills Golf and Swim Club is one of the westside’s premier private clubs. In fact, it has been the #1 voted golf course for the past 2 years (2016 and 2017) here in the Cleveland, Ohio area. And now, you have the chance to get out on the course and enjoy a fun-filled day as a Fairways Golf Member! Consider this just one more reason why the Fairways Golf Membership is Ohio’s best golf value!

Whether you would like to play 9 or 18-holes, we have a spot open for you and your group to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us at (440) 748-8231.

Special Fairways Member Pricing:

•  18-holes with a Cart: $50 (a $110 value!)

•  9-holes with a Cart: $29

*Also included with your tee-time reservation are range balls for you to get your swing going prior to your round.

Tee times begin at 7:00 am and are every 10 minutes. Tee times must be made online and cannot be reserved in-person or over the phone. To reserve your tee time, you can click here.

Also, all of the facilities will be open for you and your group to enjoy being a member for a day at one of the westside’s most prestigious clubs, with the exception of the pool.

Both cash and credit card will be accepted for any additional purchases you may want to make.

Spots will sell out – Register sooner than later!

About Columbia Hills

If you find yourself at Columbia Hills Golf and Swim Club, you have surely done something right.

Fast approaching its 100-year anniversary, this prestigious club has become one of the finest examples of golf here in Northeast Ohio. Adding to the exceptional and pristine golf course is Columbia Hills longstanding tradition of treating all visitors, both members and guests alike, with the highest levels of appreciation, respect and encouragement.

The 18-hole golf course offers breathtaking views, a peaceful setting and, of course, an exhilarating test that will challenge golfers of all levels.  The Clubhouse maintains its 1929 Tudor heritage with multiple rooms fit for any size event.  The clubhouse overlooks much of the course with the winding Rocky River at its centerpiece.

“Golf. Family. Friends,” is the club’s mantra and they’re committed to enhancing all three areas to give members and guests alike a personal experience that goes above and beyond any other club locally. The winner of both the 2016 and 2017 Best Golf Course award from the Cleveland Hot List, Columbia Hills stands today as a nod to the past and a testament to many more years of golf, family and friends here in Northeast Ohio.

The course features 6,366 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71 . The course rating is 71.4 and it has a slope rating of 132 on Bent grass.

Columbia Hills has a deep, rich past that truly reflects what a unique and historically important institution it is here in Cleveland, Ohio. The 166 acres of land, originally owned by George L. Williams in 1926, was initially acquired to be used as a pig farm. That plan fell through, however, when the municipality refused to directly deliver food for the pigs; they would not bring it any further than the city limits. Luckily for us, in addition to a passion for farming, George was also an avid golfer bitten by the golf bug the first time he played a round. So when the pig farm plan fell through, he immediately changed his vision for what to do with the property. Mr. Williams hired Harold Paddock to architect the golf course in 1927 and the club, including the Tudor Style Clubhouse (which still stands), was officially opened.

Many believe that Columbia Hills is one of the most scenic golf courses in Northern Ohio, and a country club with one of the most rich and unique histories. Over the years, the property has changed hands between the Williams family and the nonprofit organization called Columbia Hills Country Club, Inc. During these sometimes turbulent transitions, membership has wavered between private and semi-private. Throughout history, however, one item remains constant—the people associated with Columbia Hills remain passionate about preserving its historical significance in the community while striving to make it Northeast Ohio’s premier private club.

Today, new owners and long-time members Fred and Kathy Ode, who along with their dedicated team of professionals referred to as “Team Ode,” plan to take the historical landmark and enhance it to be a family-oriented home away from home. “Golf. Family. Friends,” is the club’s mantra and they’re committed to enhancing all three areas to give members and guests alike a personal experience that goes above and beyond any other club locally.

The course features 6,366 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71 . The course rating is 71.4 and it has a slope rating of 132 on Bent grass.

Hole 1 – Par 4

The first hole is an excellent opening hole. The elevated tee gives you a great look at this straight-forward par 4. The Rocky River runs down the entire right side so be careful off the tee. The green is protected by two bunkers but the center of the green is open for run-up shots. The green is relatively flat. There are no tricks to this hole which makes it a good opening hole.

Hole 2 – Par 5

There may not have been any tricks on the first hole, but that doesn’t last long. The second is a long par 5 framed by trees down the left side and the Rocky River down the right side. Three good shots get you to a slightly elevated green. A missed approach shot here finds you in a bunker or below the green with a tricky pitch shot.

Hole 3 – Par 3

The first of our par 3’s may seem short on the distance chart but miss this narrow green and you will find yourself with some very tricky shots. Be cautious here and consider the pin position / amount of green to work with if you should miss the green.

Hole 4 – Par 4

This dogleg right requires a full tee shot off an elevated tee in order to have an open shot. Just when you feel good about making the dogleg, you will see a pond down the right side of the hole. The approach shot typically requires a shot over the pond to a slightly elevated green.

Hole 5 – Par 3

A picturesque par 3 that requires a full carry over the Rocky River. The two-tiered green is protected by mounds on the right side and a bunker and severe bank on the left side.

Hole 6 – Par 4

The view from the tee makes this hole appear to be flat and long. However, about 60 yards from the green, the hole goes straight up. Hit the tee shot as far as you can. The green sets atop a hill that is some 100 feet above your head. The green is small and sloped from back to front.

Hole 7 – Par 4

Strategy and a little bit of luck may be needed on this hole. A dogleg left that requires a full tee shot to the turn. Left off the tee and you are working your way through trees. Right off the tee just gets you further from the green. And it’s what is waiting for you at the turn that causes the problems. A lake guards the right side of the green and a bunker guards the left side of the green.

Hole 8 – Par 5

A good par 5 for everyone. The hole is framed down the right side with a lake and trees and down the left side with scattered trees. Two good shots get you to a point where the hole doglegs right. Long hitters who hit a perfect tee shot down the left side of the fairway may be able to carve a fade around the trees at the dogleg and get to the green in two. The green is protected by some deep bunkers on the right and a wetland hazard just 10 feet to the left. The green has some slope to it from right to left.

Hole 9 – Par 4

The view from the tee is suitable for framing. A straight par 4 that is flat for the first 200 yards and then gradually rises to a green that is surrounded by trees on the right and left. The Tudor clubhouse sits majestically behind the green.

Hole 10 – Par 4

An elevated tee that provides you with a great view of the tenth hole. The fairway goes straight for the first 200 yards and then has a slight turn to the right. The fairway at the bend is protected by bunkers on both sides. Tall trees near the green don’t allow easy access to the green from the right.

Hole 11 – Par 3

The eleventh is the shortest of the par 3’s but don’t fall asleep on this one. A big bunker sits right in front of the green. There is only one way onto this green from the tee and that is over the bunker.

Hole 12 – Par 4

Our signature hole requires a precise tee shot to thread it through a narrow shoot guarded on both sides by the Rocky River and heavy brush. If you make it through the demanding tee shot, the hole doglegs slightly to the left leaving you a mid iron into a small green. With trouble lurking almost everywhere, this hole is the 2nd hardest handicapped hole and one that demands respect.

Hole 13 – Par 4

After hole 12, this straight par 4 is a welcome sight. The landing area off the tee is framed by bunkers on each side of the fairway. The green is one of the larger greens with good access to it.

Hole 14 – Par 4

Course management is the key on this hole. Although a par 5, the tee shot requires placement. The Rocky River cuts across the fairway about 240 yards out. The long hitter may want to try the 275 yard carry over the River. The second shot crosses the river and the golfer needs to manage the distance for their third shot. The third shot is the second time that the golfer is faced with the Columbia signature. The fairway is flat until you get 60 yards from the green at which point it goes straight uphill. Perched atop the hill is a small green that is severely sloped from back to front.

Hole 15 – Par 3

This unique par 3 requires a long shot over a deep valley and then back up to a green that is completed surrounded by tall trees and hazard. The green is sloped from back to front.

Hole 16 – Par 4

A fun par 4 where the tee sets atop a cliff overlooking the Rocky River. The tee shot flies over the river to a dogleg about 180 yards out. The Rocky River then follows the hole down the right side. The second shot approaches a flat green guarded on the left by a bunker and the Rocky River on the right.

Hole 17 – Par 3

Flat terrain from tee to green with a lake on the left side and a wetland area down the right side. On this lengthy par 3, be sure to take enough club to get to the hole.

Hole 18 – Par 5

Let the driver rip on this par 5. A long drive gives you an opportunity to hit the green in two. But beware, the Columbia signature comes into play for the third time. A flat fairway gives way to a steep hill up to the green. The green is well protected with bunkers.


Columbia Hills is proud of its standards, and every effort is made to ensure that these standards are upheld. Golfers are expected to wear clothing that is designed primarily for golf, and to dress smartly and appropriately at all times, both on the golf course and in the Clubhouse. Management and staff have both the responsibility and authority to interpret appropriate dress and to ensure that standards are maintained.

MEN shall wear golf slacks or Bermuda length golf shorts. Jeans and cut-offs are not permitted. Golf shirts with a collar must be worn at all times and must always be tucked in. Mock neck shirts are acceptable as long as they have a wide mock neck (1 1/2”) and cannot be construed as a t-shirt. Hats are not permitted to be worn backwards or in the dining room. While on the course, denim is not permitted to be worn at any time and shirts must be tucked in at all times.

In the Clubhouse, it is acceptable for men to wear jeans as long as they are neat in appearance. Additionally, shirts that are not designed to be tucked in (for example:  Tommy Bahama shirts, fitted buttondowns, etc.) may remain untucked so long as they maintain a neat appearance.

WOMEN shall wear golf slacks, Bermuda length golf shorts, or golf skirts. Jeans and cut-offs are not permitted on the golf course. Sleeveless and/or collarless tops that present a neat appearance and are appropriate to the game of golf may be worn. Tank tops, halter-tops, tube tops and T-Shirts are not acceptable. Women may wear their shirts un-tucked as long as it presents a neat appearance. Denim is not permitted to be worn at any time on the golf course. Hats are not permitted in the dining room.


Columbia Hills has developed a “Pace of Play” policy in order to make the golfing experience more enjoyable for our members and guests. To insure this policy is enforced, we do in fact monitor and record the turn times and finish times for all rounds. It is our goal to make sure that everyone plays at a comfortable and enjoyable pace. The pace of play goal at Columbia Hills is 4 hours for member play and 4 hours, 10 minutes with guests. Be aware of your position on the golf course. If you fall behind or cannot catch up to the proper pace of play, please allow the group behind you to play through.


Expect to drive your car up the hill to the main entrance at the front of the clubhouse. Valet will remove your clubs and make sure that the bag staff set your clubs on a cart. At this point please feel to use the locker rooms to change your shoes and/or clothing. After using the locker room please check in at the pro shop. If you do not need to use the locker room please check in at the pro shop upon arrival to ensure the golf staff knows you are present for your tee time.

2017 Photos

Membership has its privileges and our Member Day at Columbia Hills Golf and Swim Club is quickly becoming a favorite of many.

Last year was the first time that Fairways Members had the opportunity to play Columbia Hills. It was a test run of sorts, and the results could not have been better! It was a picturesque August day with more than 75 members taking advantage of the chance to play this historic and prestigious club.

As the 2018 season gets rolling full-steam ahead, we hope you will be able to join us for this year’s first Member Day at Columbia Hills on Monday, June 4th.

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