Golf at Kirtland

The C.H. Alison designed, 18-hole layout, features spectacular views of the Chagrin River Valley and currently holds a top 10 ranking in the state of Ohio, and the number 1 ranking in the Cleveland district as published in Golf Digest Best in State 2011. Founded in 1921, our family-oriented private country club is located on 260 acres, 20 minutes east of downtown Cleveland. Throughout our history, Kirtland has been locally and nationally recognized for its commitment to excellent service by being named as a Top 100 Platinum Club, and one of the Top 100 Classical Golf Courses in the United States. Recent golf course restoration projects have ensured that our fantastic layout remains enjoyable and fair for all skill levels, and the panoramic views will make Kirtland one of the most memorable rounds you have ever played.

Golf Course Description: 72.2 / Slope: 132

Events Held Here: CWGA District Championship, U.S. Open Qualifier, USGA Mid-Am. Qualifier, ASWIGA, and the Ohio Amateur Championship in 2010.

Photography by: Dustin Franz


Charles Hugh Alison (1882 - 1952)

"In planning a golf course, there are no fixed rules to which is the compulsory to conform, and the variety which results is one of the greatest charms of the game."  - C.H. Alison

The often-forgotten member of H.S. Colt's architecture firm, C.H. Alison was a prolific designer for many years, particularly in the Far East where he spent a significant amount of time. A fine player and member of the Oxford and Cambridge Golfing Society, Alison met Colt while Colt constructed a new course at Stoke Poges in London. Alison eventually joined Colt's firm, first working as a construction superintendent and later as his associate.

While working with Colt (and briefly with Alister MacKenzie), Alison was involved with most of Colt's projects, including Sunningdale, Wentworth, and redesigns at two members of the current British Open rotation, Royal St. George's and Royal Lytham and St. Anne's.

Alison is most noted for his solo work while on an extended Far East swing in the early 1930's, creating such world-renowned courses as Kasumigaseki Golf Club (East), Hirono Golf Club, and Kawana Golf Club. He also oversaw work on North American Colt and Alison designs such as Timber Point Club, Knollwood Club, Milwaukee Country Club, Sea Island Golf Club, Century Golf Club, and Fresh Meadow Golf Club.

Excerpts from: The Golden Age of Golf Design by Geoff Shackelford.