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Scioto Country Club

First built in 1916, the Scioto Country Club was the heart of a new area created by The King Thompson Company called the Country Club District in Upper Arlington. Designed by architect Donald Ross ASGCA/(R) and Dick Wilson, the golf course was celebrated as a great achievement in golf course architecture.

Today, the Scioto Country Club is one of the top 100 golf courses in the world and has hosted 5 major championships over the years.

  • U.S. Open (1926)

  • Ryder Cup (1931)

  • PGA Championship (1950)

  • U.S. Amateur Championship (1968)

  • U.S. Senior Open Championship (1986)

The country club features a 53,000 sq. ft. Clubhouse, indoor golf practice facility, 4 swimming pools, 11 tennis courts and 4 platform tennis courts for club members and their guests.

The Scioto Country Club is also where a young Jack Nicklaus learned his game under the guidance of Jack Grout.

The historic Scioto Country Cub has recently undergone an extensive renovation of the golf course and reopened for business in May 2008. The redesigned was named the top winner in Golf Inc. magazine's 5th Annual Renovation of the Year Competition. The redesign was created by Michael Hurdzan, president of Hurdzan/Fry Environmental Golf Design under consultation with Jack Nicklaus. Work began in the fall of 2005.

Donald RossDonald Ross

Born in 1872 in northern Scotland, he grew up not only playing the game, but tending the greens at St. Andrews as well as making his own brand of golf clubs. Ross came to the United States in 1899 to build the Oakley Golf Club in the Boston area. After that it was one success after another in designing quality courses throughout the U.S. which at the time of his death in 1948, totaled 413 courses.

Donald Ross also designed Pinehurst #2, Seminole G.C., Oakland Hills C.C., Inverness, Salem C.C., Worcester, Essex, Interlachen, and East Lake C.C. Donald Ross designed over 1/4 of all the Top 100 Classic Golf Course in America prior to 1960.

Scioto Country Club
2196 Riverside Drive
Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221
(614) 486-4341

Jack Nicklaus' Home Course

Jack first played golf at the age of 10 at the Scioto Country Club with head pro Jack Grout in 1950. Although Jack Nicklaus also played most sports in school, he concentrated on golf as being the only sport where he could become a complete player by himself.

It was Jack's father that enrolled his 10-year old son in Grout's 2-hour Friday junior clinic. Over the years, Jack Nicklaus and Jack Grout became close friends and in later years, Nicklaus referred to Grout as his second father.