January 3, 2019

Inverness Club

Toledo, Ohio / 7,323 yards, Par 71 / Points: 61.3320
Inverness CC hole 8
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88. Inverness Club

Donald Ross (1919)/Andrew Green (2018)

Inverness is considered a classic Donald Ross design. In truth, it’s one of his best remodeling jobs. Some Ross fans were outraged when the course was radically altered by George and Tom Fazio in preparation for the 1979 U.S. Open. The uncle-nephew duo eliminated four holes (including the famous dogleg par-4 seventh), combined two holes to make the par-5 eighth and created three modern holes on newly acquired land. This past year golf architect Andrew Green replaced the Fazio holes with new ones more in the Ross style, relocated greens on two other holes and added new back tees everywhere. Golf Digest panelist will judge the results over the next two years.

100 Greatest History: Ranked since 1966. Highest ranking: No. 17, 2001-2002. Previous ranking: No. 89


Panelist comments:
“Inverness charms you at the first tee with the blended fairway, practice putting green with the tee boxes, and the memorials to past golf legends.”

“There were some excellent holes, including the 12th -- the only par 3 remaining that was designed by Ross; the 10th, a shortish par 4 with an outstanding green setting, the 7th, a difficult bunkerless hole, and the 18th a devilish, short par 4.”

“The short par-4 18th hole was a great example of how bunker placement can challenge players off the tee box. One of the toughest courses in the country to get home.”

“A great test of golf. Use of elevation to run out fairways makes club selection very important. Very much a shot-maker's course, but extremely playable and fair.”

“Aside from the slight variations in trap locations and pin placements design variety (and memorability) lacks. Every hole started to feel the same, with a drive to the end of a plateau, followed by a drop in elevation to the creek that is crossed on nearly every hole and rise back up to the green.”


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Hole No. 1

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Hole No. 3

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Hole No. 8

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Hole No. 10

Hole No. 18