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Manakiki Golf Course

Manakiki Golf Course

35501 Eddy Rd Willoughby, OH 44094-8409 URL:   Course Website

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Located 17 miles east of downtown Cleveland, Manakiki Golf Course is an elegant public course. The classic Donald Ross design offers a variety of challenges including doglegs, water hazards, up-and-down shots, back-to-back par 5s, short, long, tight, and open holes, and two canyon holes.

Manakiki is rich in history. Its name is believed to be a Native American word for maple forest and was suggested by the predominance of maples along tree-lined fairways. The 200 acres were originally the summer estate of Howard Hanna, a prominent Cleveland indusrialist. The property was then obtained by a group from the Willowick Club and converted into Manakiki Country Club.

The Hanna Mansion was expanded into a beautiful clubhouse. In 1963, the east wing of the original Hanna Mansion, which mirrored the existing west wing was torn down due to a small fire and deterioration. The west wing was recently renovated to preserve its structural integrity and history.

In 1944, the property owners, Janes and Fannie Brown, offered to donate the course to the city of Cleveland. The city graciously declined to offer and it was then sold to Cleveland Metroparks for one dollar, under the condition that it must forever remain a golf course. A plaque in honor of the former owners still stands near the18th green.

From 1944 through 1960, Manakiki was operated as a private country club. On January 1, 1961 after the country club's lease was not renewed, Manakiki was open for public play.

Manakiki offers many great holes; #8 was considered the most difficult par 4 hole on tour in the '50s when Manakiki hosted the Carling Open. Hole #15 has also been selected as one of Cleveland's best par 3 holes. An electric trolley once carried golfers from the 15th green up the steep slope to the #16 tee. The mirror image canyon holes #10 and #18 are among the finest start and finish to nine holes in the country.

In 1990, a master plan was developed to renovate the golf course and restore much of its original character. The plan included installing water and irrigation systems, building a pond on hole #3, and restoring a pond at hole #15. Tees were rebuilt or restored on holes 6, 8, 9, 13, and 15. A continuous cart path was also constructed to assure that golf carts may operate regardless of weather conditions. In addition, sand bunkers that were taken out will gradually be restored to their original state.

Course Information for Manakiki Golf Course

Facility Information:
General: 18 hole regulation length course
1 golf course(s)

Manakiki Golf Course Information:
General: 18 hole regulation length course
Municipal golf course
Designed by Donald J. Ross, ASGCA
72 par, 6,625 yards
71.4 rating, 128 slope
Just Golf facility

Green Fees: Weekend: $42.00 *
* includes golf cart where available

Staff: Contact: Tom Kochensparger, General Manager/Golf Professional
Golf Professional: Tom Kochensparger

Putting Green
Food & Beverage Available
Pull Carts
Rental Clubs

Walking Allowed
Softspike Facility
PGA Facility

Willoughby, OH

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Manakiki G.C. in the early Spring They had just mowed the greens and fairways for the first time this year, so it was somewhat clean. The greens were still bumpy, because of lack of growth. Tee's were in good shape. It was "cart paths only" , so there wasn't any problems with mud and/or standing water hindering our progress. All-in-all the course played at it's toughest, because of the lack of roll and the temperature was around 45 degrees. Fun day though. April 5, 2014
winter golf course in good condition for december greens and fairways both in good conition for winter golf December 10, 2013
Best course in metroparks if not all of CLE. This was the third time I had been to this course and I think it gets better and I appreciate it more each time. The staff were great , the holes are memorable and challenging. It has a lot to offer everyone. The course is beautiful, especially during mid fall. It is one of N E Ohio's more expensive public courses, but if you can find a deal, it's one you will want to play. November 11, 2013
Worst customer service I've given this course 2 chances and won't go back again. The staff is rudest group of individuals I've ever come in contact with. I'm an average golfer and like to play a nice course when I can find one cheap on golfnow. They watch you like a hawk even when your keeping a nice pace and being respectful. When you do have the unfortunate incovience of talking to someone on staff they talk down to you like your an idiot and really make you wish you hadn't spent money there. All the attitude of a snobby private course without the goods to back it up. I highly recommend going somewhere else. September 25, 2013
the course is challenging and fun to play Although the course is challenging and fun to play the conditions were horrible and I understand that they have to aerate the course but the greens were covered in sand,plugs all over fairways just think the staff could've informed us about the conditions beforehand, the rough was like playing the masters not well maintained September 23, 2013
Great cours Had my sons (before the wedding) golf game with the wedding party here last week. Great time very nice course. Rained for the front nine but cleared up for the back. Everyone enjoyed themselves. Would definetely come back to play when in the area again. September 16, 2013
2nd best metroparks course Obviously Sleepy Hollow is the best, but Manakiki is the 2nd best. Course was in good shape - Did look like it was getting ready for aerification. Good course, but if you think or want a very challanging day. Play from the TIPS. You will have to go from just grip and rip it to thinking what or where you want your second shot to be from. September 3, 2013
The course was in fantastic condition! The course was picture perfect condition. Very nice staff. Great value. As perfect as any private course I've played, if not better. Great challenge for any golfer. Thanks GolfNow. September 2, 2013
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