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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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Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 96 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Just been punched Course is usually in great condition, however on Golf Now they forgot to mention that the just punched the greens on the front 9 (full of sand), back 9 haven't been punched yet..... So the course shouldnt offer 18 hole specials on greens punched that same morning, allow a grace period atleast...was like playing on the of the course was great as usual. September 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Track We play Manakiki all the time and the course was in the best shape I have seen in a while. The green's crew has done a great job this summer with all the heat and rain. Appreciate the effort. September 4, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great place course was in great condition and very challenging. August 25, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Beautiful course, slow pace of play I'm a big fan of the layout of the course, and it's very well maintained. I'd argue the layout is the nicest on the eastside of Cleveland. It feels like a private course. With that said, it's only a great course to play if you have plenty of time. The pace of play kills me. There's a ranger out, but he rarely moves play along. Often times I think they overbook, but in the case of this round we had a very slow group in front of us. A guy in our group was playing his third round of golf ever and we were still waiting on every tee. The group in front of us had nobody in front of them. They were playing from the black tees and losing balls consistently. It happens, but it's the job of the course to move that group along - they probably added 45+ minutes to our round. I also don't love that it's surrounded by houses and roads, but there's nothing the course can do about that. Again, I recommend this course because it's a wonderfully designed layout, but you have to be ready to wait. For me it's worth the wait, for some it might not be. August 21, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Very Nice Golf Course Course was in great shape, fairways lush and the greens consistent. I was very impressed with this course and will definitely return! August 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by One of the best courses in NE Ohio, 5 hour round every single time This course is gorgeous and challenging. A Donald Ross gem. However, it will be a 5 hour round every. single. time you play here. There are simply too many people who play this course who do not possess the level of play that is required. If you play on the weekend after 9am, prepare yourself for a 5 1/2 hour round. July 31, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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
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