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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 Golf Course 4.2 5 90 90
Horrible Staff / Great Course / Will Never Play There Again My father and I don't get to play golf together often so decided to get a 7:39am tee time the other morning for late Father's Day together. The Starter paired us with an older walking gentleman. We asked if we could just play us two since the front desk said course was pretty open. Starter was rude telling us no, raised his voice multiple times, and interrupted us every time we tried to speak. At the turn he made sure to badger us again until we drove off to hole 10. HE WAS SO RUDE I VOW TO NEVER PLAY THERE AGAIN - Despite the course in great shape and love the lay-out. It's sad one person can ruin it for us. I am scratch and shot 72 and my father is a 12 cap and shot 83. July 17, 2015
Had a blast except for pace of play it was one of the nicest courses i've played. The night before it rained an inch and a half but the fairways and greens were perfect. the greens were running an 11 on the stimp meter which i loved. when i go back to Ohio i will definitly play there again. July 6, 2015
Really nice course I have played Manakiki at least a couple of times a year since 1980 and it continues to be a great place to play. In recent years, the Metroparks people have rebuilt many of the holes, making them spectacular to look at and fun to play, although several (10 and 18, expecially) of the holes look downright scary from the tee. This time out I saw several new tee boxes that make for very different approaches to the same holes. The rain this year has helped to create really good conditions. And we got a fantastic rate ($18 for 18 holes with cart and 12:45 on a Sunday) from GolfNow. June 22, 2015
great track this place is always nice course conditions are second to none June 10, 2015
Decent place to play golf. Their formal dining hall is great. Truly enjoy the course with friends. The pace of play was rather slow during the time of my play and no Rangers to assist in moving play along at a reasonable pace.. May 31, 2015
Stay out of the rough! Course was great, but tough! The rough was thick and really punished you for missing the fairway. May 19, 2015
Great Ohio Course I've played this course on and off since the 70s as a teenager but I have moved away to CA. When I visit in the right season I like to golf here because of location, price, friendliness and the beauty and challenge of the course. The course in early May was fabulous. The rough was long and the grass sticky (as usual)- club up! Club up on those shots up onto those elevated greens too! Great time - I played 18 two days in a row and fully enjoyed the course and beautiful grounds. - a true gem. May 14, 2015
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