The Golf Center at Kings Island - Grizzly Course

4.0331000000 4.0 stars from 5 (269)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6504 yards
  • Slope: 133
  • Rating: 71.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fee
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Nicklaus 71 6504 yards 71.2 133
Blue 71 6057 yards 68.8 129
White 71 5602 yards 67.2 124
Gold (W) 71 4987 yards 68.4 127

The Grizzly Course is a collaboration between Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead. Since opening in 1972, this challenging layout has been host to numerous PGA, LPGA, and Senior PGA events. The golf course features long, curvy fairways lined with towering trees and there are strategically placed bunkers throughout. The three final holes feature water hazards, which are also accompanied by a difficult array of bunkers. It offers a fair amount of difficult holes but overall the course is playable for a range of skill levels, which is why it is an appealing layout for tournaments. In addition to the two courses, the Golf Center also boasts an 11,000-square foot putting green and an Academy Course with four championship holes.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 269 Reviews
5 stars:
70
4 stars:
132
3 stars:
40
2 stars:
18
1 stars:
9

recommend this course

225 out of 266 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs near local attractions convenient to the city   Great for locals advanced golfers junior golfers   Challenges include bunkers water hazards forced carries   Great for drinks patio dining brunch  

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"Just a great time for our first time"


gsizemore's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First experience, was there with a co-worker, we loved it. We are far from scratch golfers and have our challenges, but the bottom line, we had a great time and a very fun course!!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2019
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Kings Island Gem"


blakek1982's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing the Grizzly.Course, just across the highway from Kings Island. It exceeded expectations. Course was in great shape with firm fast greens and well manicured fairways. Rough was thick and it was definitely target golf. Got a great deal on Golf Now and would highly recommend this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Brian1031250's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Had higher expectations"


dmiller217's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2019
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I had always wanted to play the Grizzly course and finally had the opportunity. The course itself is ok...not really what I had imagined. To be fair, it's still early in the season, but the conditions were pretty rough. Greens were inconsistent...some rolled pretty quick, others were pretty furry. Same with the bunkers...some with sand that had been raked, others were hardpacked. But, the biggest disappointment was the feeling that you were playing in a suburban subdivision...the golf course was surrounded everywhere by housing. And, there is signage everywhere warning that golfers are responsible for any damage caused to people or property. So, maybe if you're good enough to place every shot exactly where you want, you're playing with that concern in the back of your mind. Not the way I want to spend my time or money. So, I can now say I played the Grizzly, but I can't see coming back.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"A Great Value from Jack Nicklaus and Muirhead"


u983032896's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/10/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This course has great fairways and greens, offers you views of golf in the suburbs as it should be. It feels like a classic course and is playable for all levels. The Mason, Ohio area is enhanced with the course being there. I recommend it as a great course to get out with friends and family on. It also evokes my dreams of living on a course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"Da grizz;)"


jktims's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My home track - I live 3 mins away in Mason. Was a little soogy and bunkers need work. Fairways were ok and greens were ok - I bit bumpy. Overall good but could be better. I play it all the time beacuse it's so close. I wouldn't pay more than 30 for this course. Take care)))


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



bartinelli's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u2350055's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2019
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u000005575166's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



brian1306's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great greens.....every 45 minutes"


012345678's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

The pace of play at the Grizzly my

First experience was very slow.

The course was in good shape and I will most likely give it another shot in the future.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Great Condition"


Brian1031250's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

Although the course we 90 degrees the pace was great.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great value!"


markevans30's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

Course was in pretty good shape despite a really heavy rain the day before. Greens were great, fairways good, rough a bit long. The bunkers were pretty unplayable with standing water and washed out. Hope they get them back in shape once weather dries out.

Course is a fun track and for the price you really can’t beat it in the city. Best combination of layout, maintenance, and price in town IMO.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



George2005429's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2019

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Staff is not Professional"


Jonathan5269716's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/24/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Stay away from this course!!! There are a lot of better options and better customer service.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Confusing lay out. Great course"


u120843516's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/07/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

You have to follow the street signs and arrows to keep on the right path, but the course is in great condition. I like the design of most of the holes.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"on course service"


jimhwall's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was very hot on a weekend and not beverage cart service and no ranger was seen on the course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"The Grizley"


ghilleary56's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It has been over ten years since I've played here and the course was in great shape. We had a few slow groups in front of us but rangers were out trying to push them along. Great day on the course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Brian1031250's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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