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    Course History

Ottawa Park Golf Course – Toledo, Ohio

Designed by S.P. Jermain - Established in 1899

Even though the recognized date of 1899 is historical enough for most people, Sylvanus Pierson Jermain, the first president of the famous Inverness Club claimed that golf was actually played on the grounds of Ottawa Park in 1894. Ottawa Park has the distinction of being the oldest public golf course west of New York City. Ottawa Park claimed another first in 1922 when it hosted the first USGA National Public Links Championship. In 1918, S.P. Jermain was again involved in the important growth of golf by guiding the first group of organized women golfers which became the Toledo Women’s District Golf Association.

The Toledo Golf Club based at Ottawa Park was a charter member of the of the TWDGA. In 1977 many renovations and upgrades to Ottawa’s greens, tees, bunkers and irrigation was completed by Toledo’s own world famous golf course architect Arthur Hills. Today, because of those renovations, Ottawa Park is known for fine greens of modern day excellence placed through the natural settings that S.P. Jermain said that ” nature clearly Intended for a golf course.” Please enjoy historical Ottawa Park Golf Course and when you leave the grounds, all of us who love golf, hope you left this grand old course in better condition than you found it.