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NWO Golf Links

Toledo Country Club and Don Kotnik

Most believe Ottawa Park Golf

Course to be the first course in

town, but the Toledo Country

Club opened in 1897. Ottawa

Park is historically significant

as the first public course

opened for play west of New

York in 1898.




purchased 30 acres of land

along the Maumee River and

decided to construct a nine-

hole golf course. Willie Park

Jr. was contracted to build

the original nine holes, which

includes three holes, Nos.

16, 18 and 19 that still lay on

the east side of the clubhouse

along the river today.

The par-3 No. 17 was added

in a later renovation and Park’s

original 18th became the 19th


Park Jr. was one of the premier

golfers of the time. He won the

Open Championship in 1887

and again in 1889. He was

also the son of Willie Park Sr.,

who won the very first Open

Championship in 1860 and a

total of four Opens during his

career. Park Jr. was one of the

famous Scottish contingent

of professional golfers who

brought the game to the United


Local golf architect Arthur

Hills completed a renovation

of the Toledo Country Club in


Have A Long History

of Toledo Golf