|3860 Trabue Rd, Columbus, OH 43228, USA
Just thought Id put it out there but the are in which the golf course is located in is rather unsavory. My mother belongs to a league which used to play at raymond until 3 months ago when her car was broken into along with five other cars. The security cameras were out at the time of the incident and the staff iterated that this had occurred before and was a drug thing. One of the things that was stolen was a rain check for a golf cart which had her name on it. Upon remembering this she called Raymond in case someone else tried to use it. That was today and the individual who answered her call said that they never check those things and later that the police didnt care either. I feel that places like these dont deserve the business and deserve to be shut down. Its places like these that give the service industry a bad name and I advise anyone one who reads reviews of golf courses to avoid Raymond Memorial. Beyond that the greens are improperly managed and the rangers are useless when it comes to ensuring the conduct of the game. Take my advice and go to Champions where at least people care and service is decent.
Played here 4/17/16 with a friend of mine. We were grouped with another twosome and teed off on time. We quickly realized we were in for a long day. It looks like they schedule tee times every 8 minutes for foursomes which is too short in my opinion. I understand they want to make more money, but there were 3 groups on every hole, all day long. At $45 I thought it was a little expensive for a municipal course. The greens were in desperate need of being cut and rolled and the indicators on the flag stick (front, middle, back) were often comically wrong. Between the crammed course, slow greens, and incorrect pin indicators, it made for a long and frustrating day. We finished in just over 5 hours. The layout is overall good, but challenging at 6500 yards from the blues (second longest tees). Lots of par 4s at or above 400 yards, long par 3s, and only 1 or 2 reachable par 5s.
Played on a weeknight, so as expected there was a lot of league play. Course was very busy, but the starter did a good job combining groups into three and foursomes. Pace of play was never an issue (I dont know the last time I played on a weeknight and could say that) Course was in very good shape despite 3 straight days of heavy rain, and the greens rolled true. I really enjoyed the layout. There was good variety in the holes, no two play quite the same. The greens are large with moderate slope, and the greenside bunkers are big and soft. In general, the course is pretty wide open - youre not going to lose too many balls on poor shots. Finally, the price was fantastic. Overall this is a solid course that offers good hole variety and lots of margin for error, all at a very good price.
This is my go to course to play in Columbus. Always in decent shape and is a good test for your accuracy. Ive seen some other people post about rude staff but Ive never had any problems, once when the laces on my golf shoes broke they even gave me some from an old pair! Very nice and helpful. Only downside for me is that the driving range is irons only. Long round times are impossible to avoid if youre playing on a weekend, especially a holiday one, but thats not exclusive to this course by any means. Ive finished rounds in 3 1/2 hrs when Ive walked out as a single for twilight or on a day off in the week. Great course, 100% recommend. If youre looking for a course to walk as opposed to ride a cart this is a great one as well, green to tee distances are never long and few issues as a walker.
My main complaint is that they overbook tee times, and the rangers dont enforce speed of play at all. Ive played here 10 times due to its proximity to my apartment and every time there are three groups on every hole leaving you waiting on every shot. That alone should dissuade golfers from coming to this course but if not, the $40+ you have to spend when you could play at much better courses around the area for the same price or less most certainly will. Almost all the holes are just straight and boring with parallel holes running next to them. If you are looking for courses around the area in a similar price and skill range, Id recommend Black Lick, Cooks Creek, and Safari over Raymond Memorial.
I found the lady in the pro shop to be less than warming. As the first person you encounter and the person who gets my money, quite honestly I expect a smile. The starter was very friendly and offered conversation to every group. The pace of play while slow, and our group certainly contributed to that pace, was acceptable for a Saturday morning. The cost was reasonable. All in all, I enjoyed my experience and I will come back and recommend it to my friends. Just offer a smile when you take my money. Please and thank you......
Horrible experience, they love to book as many groups as possible, so it will take you roughly 5 1/2 hours to complete a round which is incredible when its 95 degrees outside . In addition, two colleagues of mine have had their cars broken into while playing on separate occasions. For a cost of $45 it is an absolute joke in terms of maintenance and organization. The starter is utterly useless and pays no attention to pace of play. Do NOT play this course.
DO NOT PLAY HERE!!! AFTER READING OTHER REAVIEWS ON GOOGLE SOUNDS LIKE ITS NOT THE FIRST TIME THIS HAS HAPPENED. MY BROTHERS CAR AND 2 OTHERS BROKEN INTO OVER THE WEEKEND. OUR CAR AND THE TRUCK HAD WINDOWS BUSTED IN AND MY FRIENDS CAR GOT HIS LOCK PICKED. STOLE ANYTHING THEY COULD FIND. THE COURSE HAS SECURITY CAMERAS BUT THEY "WERENT WORKING." IT WAS MIDDLE OF THE DAY, COURSE WAS PACKED, PLENTY OF PEOPLE AROUND BUT NO ONE SAW/HEARD ANYTHING...
Weve been out here for 1:20 and only played 4 holes!!!! Its like this every time we play here. The pace of play is horrendous. Whoever schedules tee times here needs to re-evaluate the way things are run at this course. The course is nice and in good condition, but thats greatly overshadowed by how long it takes to play a round. I would only recommend playing this course if you dont mind spending 5+ hours to finish your round. :/
Of the Columbus municipal golf courses, this is one of the nicer ones. Greens are usually well kept, and the fees are comparable to other non-municipal courses in the area. Although they dont allow drivers, they do have a nice irons range and practice putting green, which is one of the few locations on the west side to practice your swing without going out for a full round of golf.
I love the track but... so many people play it daily that its difficult to get on. Of the ten thousand hackers that play on it weekly, only about three are courteous enough or have the know-how to fix a ball mark. Its not unusual to see cut-off jeans and t-shirts amongst the foursomes. Great staff and great track. Play it very early, right after lunch, or after 7 in the evening.