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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 81 81
the course was in great shape... The course was well manicured, and for mid April the greens were fairly firm and the bunkers are in good shape. Enjoyed the course... April 25, 2015
Great course once weather clears. Love to play Manakiki. Once the ground is dryer and they prepare the bunkers for the season, it's great. April 15, 2015
Manakiki I have played this course for 50 years. It is still a challenge. Course conditions were good for Fall golf. Staff were friendly. Pace was good. November 7, 2014
Great value It was quite cold and their were a few leaves on the course, but that is to be expected in November. Course was in good shape and fairways and greens were clear. November 4, 2014
Course in great shape Played Manakiki on 10/11/14. The course was in as good a shape as ever. The fairways were perfect and the greens rolled perfectly. If you're visiting in the Cleveland area, this Donald Ross course is a "must play." October 13, 2014
Beautiful course This course was in beautiful shape and was challeging. October 3, 2014
Need Rain for the Punched Greens This is an excellent, challenging course. Unfortunately the front 9 greens were punched awhile ago and are just about completely healed, but the back 9 looked like it was punched 2 days ago. There was no way to roll a putt on the back 9. September 30, 2014
Not just a driver course Course depends on well placed shots, can't just bomb it down there on every hole. Greens were topped, which we didn't know before playing, made putting horrible. Every green was a beach with all the sand. September 29, 2014
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