It was Most Improved honors for Skyland Pines in Canton and Valley of the Eagles in Elyria, while Oak Shadows Golf Club in New Philadelphia earned kudos as Best Course Layout in the 2018 Golf Advisor Best Of Lists recently announced.
Golf Advisor is Golf Channel’s course review website. The newly announced 2018 Best Of lists are based on the site’s 144,000-plus ratings collected throughout 2018.
Skyland Pines earned the 6th position on the 2018 Top 25 Most Improved list, while Valley of the Eagles checked in at number 14.
A typical Skyland Pines review: “I have played this course many years and witnessed its decline. Since the new ownership the course is back on track to becoming one of the best in Stark County.”
A sample Valley of the Eagles comment: “First time here as Valley of the Eagles. Played before when it was Spring Valley. Course is better and was nice to play…Can’t wait to see how it will look when totally finished.”
Oak Shadows took the 11th position on the 2018 Best Course Layout list. The course was designed by John F. Robinson, initially opened in 1995. It is characterized as a “Nice layout with elevation change. Enough water to keep it interesting but not too challenging.”