Inside the course: Ohio State University's Scarlet Course

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July 23, 2008
Jamie Batey, Special to PGATOUR.COM
Fast facts
Original architect Alister Mackenzie (1936)
Course remodel Jack Nicklaus (2005-2006)
Course Superintendent Dennis L. Bowsher
Number of TOUR events as host venue 2 (including 2008)
Course ranking Ranked 3rd (out of 34 courses) in difficulty on the Nationwide Tour in 2007
Yardage history 7,455 yards (2007-present)
Grass Creeping bentgrass Penn Trio (tees, fairways), L-93 creeping bentgrass (greens), Kentucky bluegrass/annual bluegrass (Poa annua)/fine fescue/tall fescue
Tournament stimpmeter 11.5 ft
Sand bunkers 65
Water hazards 5
Course tour Click here
Course record
Player
Patrick Sheehan
Year
2007
Round
4th
Finish
T5
Holes-in-one
There has been 1 ace recorded during the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational.
Player Hole Year
Kelly Grunewald 13 2007
2007 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
The par-4 473-yard 14th Water down the right from tee to green, a left front bunker and over-hanging trees put real meaning in the phrase "Hit it straight." There are well-shaded spectator areas down the left side of this hole.
2007: 0 eagles, 19 birdies, 236 pars, 144 bogeys, 21 double bogeys, 0 other.
Easiest hole in 2007
The par-5 562-yard 12th This hole can be reached in two with a long draw off the tee, leaving a long-iron approach to a front-bunkered, two-tier green. Spectators positioned behind this green can enjoy exciting par-5 action, as well as a tense tee shot over water on the 12th.
2007: 14 eagles, 179 birdies, 202 pars, 24 bogeys, 1 double bogeys, 0 others.
Scarlet Course (2007)2007 rankings
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank
1 4 435 4.169 9
2 4 472 4.210 7
3 4 429 4.031 12
4 5 586 4.867 17
5 3 233 3.236 6
6 5 618 5.010 14
7 4 401 4.021 13
8 3 202 3.176 8
9 4 427 4.007 15
10 4 442 4.148 10
11 4 473 4.395 2
12 5 562 4.569 18
13 3 221 3.129 11
14 4 473 4.398 1
15 4 443 4.283 3
16 4 378 3.998 16
17 3 221 3.264 5
18 4 439 2.269 4
NOTES: Holes 11, 14 and 15 were ranked in the top 50 toughest holes on the Nationwide Tour in 2007.
• The most difficult course, the 14th, was ranked the 13th (out of 612) most difficult hole on the Nationwide Tour in 2007.
• The back nine contains the top 5 most difficult holes of the course as well as the easiest hole.
Course origins
The Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club is rated as one of the top collegiate courses in the nation. It has hosted 10 NCAA men's championships and four NCAA women's championships.
It was the last course designed by Alister Mackenzie and was completed after his death.
The Ohio State University alum Jack Nicklaus designed a restoration completed in May of 2006.
The Course was lengthened for the championship tees and the bunkers were redesigned to appear like classic designs of Mackenzie. The length is now 7,455 yards and par 71.
Source: Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
The OSU Golf Club (Scarlet) Columbus, Ohio 2007-present

The OSU Golf Club (Scarlet Course) in Columbus, Ohio is the host for this week's Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational. Here's all you need to know about the course.

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