Sharon Woods Golf Course is located on the northern part of Hamilton County in Sharonville. The course is the oldest operated by Great Parks of Hamilton County and was officially opened in 1938 by legendary golfer Bobby Jones. Hole 3 is regarded as one of the toughest Par 4s in the city.
11355 Swing Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45241
18 holes, Par 70
2014 18-Hole Greens Fees
Riding Cart Rate $14.08 (plus tax)
Pull Cart $3
2014 9-Hole Greens Fees
Riding Cart Rate $7.04 (plus tax)
Pull Cart $3
Junior Greens Fee Rate
Valid weekdays before 4 p.m. and after 4 p.m. with a parent. Valid after noon on weekends and holidays when accompanied by a parent.
Note: All course fees are per person. Senior rates apply to those 60 and older and Junior rates are for those 17 and younger.
Pro Shop Hours
January: 9 a.m. - Dark
February: Weekdays, 9 a.m. - Dark; Weekends/Holidays, 8:30 a.m. - Dark
March: Weekdays, 9 a.m. - Dark; Weekends/Holidays: 7:45 a.m. - Dark
April: Weekdays, 7:30 a.m. - Dark; Weekends/Holidays, 7 a.m. - Dark
May - July: Weekdays, 7 a.m. - Dark; Weekends/Holidays, 6:30 a.m. - Dark
August: 7 a.m. - Dark
September: 7:30 a.m. - Dark
October: 8 a.m. - Dark
November: Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. - Dark; Weekends/Holidays, 8 a.m. - Dark
December: 9 a.m. - Dark
Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Christmas Eve Day
Snack Bar Hours
March 1 - 9: Weekdays, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Weekends/Holidays, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
March 10 - 23: Weekdays, 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.; Weekends/Holidays, 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
March 24 - April 20: Weekdays, 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Weekends/Holidays, 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
April 21 - August 17: Weekdays, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Weekends/Holidays, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
August 18 - September 21: Weekdays, 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Weekends/Holidays, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
September 22 - October 26: Weekdays, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Weekends/Holidays, 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
October 27 - November 19: Weekdays, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Weekends/Holidays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tom Bach, Professional- Tom was elected into membership of the PGA of America in 1994 and has been the Head Golf Professional at Sharon Woods since 1995. Tom, a graduate of Miami University, actively competes in the Southern Ohio PGA’s tournament schedule. Tom has been a member of the PGA of America’s President’s Council for promoting the game of golf since 2005. Tom was the 2008 recipient of the Greater Cincinnati Golf Coaches Association Award for supporting high school golf. In 2009, Tom was the recipient of the Southern Ohio PGA President’s Plaque Award for promoting growth of the game.
Tom believes that every golfer is different in their own ways. Once goals are established, a plan is developed to achieve the student’s goals in a very friendly, non-intimidating setting to promote a good learning environment.
Brian Fennen, Assistant Professional - Brian Fennen, a PGA member, grew up and played locally at Lebanon High School. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in PGA Golf Management and Marketing. While in the program, Brian gained valuable teaching and business experiences through various high profile internships throughout the country. He most recently came from Kenwood Country Club where he was an Assistant Professional.
Brian believes without the mind, the body will never be able to hit a truly pure golf shot, no matter the club technology. Along with instilling a positive mindset, he believes it is his job as a golf professional to work as an artist to create and sculpt his students' swings into their own individual style. He believes fundamentals are important building blocks, but there is neither a cookie cutter swing nor teaching method for every golfer. Brian works in a low pressure, yet organized fashion designed to help a student achieve his or her goals.
The construction of Sharon Woods Golf Course began in 1936. WPA crews did most of the groundwork on the project. Tons of topsoil were dredged from the east side of the lake for constructing greens. The course opened in 1938 when legendary amateur golfer Bobby Jones hit the first golf ball on May 27. Mr. Jones was a fraternity brother of Park District Commissioner at the time, Mr. Alfred K. Nippert, who invited him to attend the opening of the course.
Mr. William H. Diddel is the golf course architect of Sharon Woods Golf Course. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Mr. Diddel designed over 70 courses in his career. Other courses in Cincinnati he designed include Kenwood Country Club, California Golf Course, Miami View Golf Club, Neumann Golf Course, Royal Oak Country Club and The Mill Course at Winton Woods. Mr. Diddel was an accomplished player as well. He is credited with shooting his age or better over 1200 times and won the Indiana Amateur title five times.
During the first years being open, the cost of a greens fee was 35 cents during the week and 50 cents on weekends. Memberships ranged from $22 for a couple to $7.50 for a junior.
Sharon Woods Golf Course once had a caddie program. It was one of the first golf courses in the United States to feature watered fairways. The facility was designed to be a country club experience for the public golfer and included locker rooms, showers, a bar, memberships and full professional service. Marty Kavanaugh was the first golf professional at Sharon Woods. Since then, six other golf professionals have followed in his footsteps.
Despite a lag in overall park attendance during the war years, Golf Manager Marty Kavanaugh reported an annual average of 35,000 rounds of golf. Kavanaugh allowed active members of the Armed Services passing through town to play for free during World War II and the Korean War.
It is estimated that over 2.5 million rounds of golf have been played at Sharon Woods since 1938. Over the years, Sharon Woods Golf Course has been recognized by Golf Digest as a Four-Star “Places to Play” facility. The Cincinnati Enquirer rated it as the “Most Unexceptional Bang for Your Buck” in the Greater Cincinnati area. Hole number 3 has been voted as one of the toughest holes in the city.