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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 62 62
Awesome Donald Ross Classic! Manakiki is classic Donald Ross, which means the greens can account for a lot of strokes. Course can play short, especially Par5s (why did I bogie 3?), but course in excellent condition. Nice hard fairways, but rough will tangle around ball, and especially around the greens, the key word is "commit" to the shot. The only negative thing I can even think of, is the general public doesn't realize how great this place is, evidenced by the un-raked sand bunkers from previous play. August 11, 2014
put this on your bucket list Only played 9 holes. After our t-shot on #10 the heavens let loose. Front nine the weather was great. Front nine had lots of elevation changes. Greens are Don's best part of his courses--loved them. #1 hdcp hole you must keep in the fairway. August 6, 2014
Manakiki Beautiful old course. Lots of tricky contours on greens. Lots of elevation changes. Could use some gold tees for senior players like myself and one of my playing partners. Too long from whites and too short from womens. July 30, 2014
Beautiful but slow The course was in great shape but the pace of play was terrible. We waited on every tee box for at least 1 sometimes 2 groups in front of us. When we made the turn we made a comment to the starter who said the ranger had told him everything was fine. We had not seen the ranger in the entire 3 hours we spent on the front 9. When we told the started that his response was "we don't have a way to contact the ranger". I would go back, but i would only play very early AM, or late afternoon when it may not be as slow. July 9, 2014
Manakeeks Always a solid play, this round was no exception. I love Manakiki and always seem to have a good time here. Friendly staff, well kept course, and a great day to boot! July 7, 2014
Beautiful golf course One of my favorite courses, the course is well maintained and always fun to play. July 5, 2014
Exceeded expectations I have not played here in 6 or 7 years and the course was top notch. Hope to get back out soon probably the best conditioned public course on the east side of Cleveland. July 4, 2014
Great track This may be the gem of a public course on the Eastside of Cleveland. June 29, 2014
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