Approaching the Par 4 dogleg-left first hole, the elevated tee will give you a stunning, wide open vista that allows beautiful views of the first green and parts of several other holes. When you watch your ball sailing out into the generous fairway, you’ll know why Apple Valley has no real competition in the area.
Prepare yourself for the delightful challenge of the Par 3 fifth, ranked the favorite Par 3 in Central Ohio by readers of Mid Ohio Golfer. Deceptively simple in terms of yardage, this 140 yard hole is approached over a lake from an elevated tee, and the green is flanked by bunkers, barnstones and majestic pines. Mark Mickley, Director of Golf, rates this hole as one of the most rewarding holes on the course. Hit it well, and you‘re looking at a birdie. If you raise your head you better get your scuba gear if you want your ball back. Remember, fortune favors the bold. According to Mickley, the eighth hole is probably the toughest. With a fairway that slopes toward the rough and trees on the right side and a slightly down hill dogleg right at about 150 yards, you’d better be wearing your game face when you tackle the stretch of holes from 8-11 of what some golfers call "The Amen Corner of Apple Valley".
The abundance of spacious landing areas will entice golfers to hammer the ball from the one of Apple Valley’s four tees that best suits their game. The generous fairways are intoxicating, but don’t let them lull you to sleep, as towering trees loom and water guards approach shots to many of the greens. Once you’ve made the greens, you’ll be rewarded with gentle slopes that are lightning fast. You won’t face many bunkers on the fairways, but nearly all the greens are protected by a variety of bunkers that range from deep faced to putt-able. The open entrances that most of our greens have allow for a variety of run-up shots that will please aggressive and cautious golfers alike.
Open from April through November, you’ll always find Apple Valley impeccably groomed and cared for. Spring can find some wet conditions, but the course is nurtured so well you won’t be bothered. Summers are beautiful and fall brings views and weather that are worth the green fees in and of themselves. If you haven’t yet played Apple Valley, you’re in for a treat when you finally do.