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About Our Course

The Fairways at Twin Lakes was built in 1923 as Twin Lakes Country Club. It was designed by Sandy Alves, a golf course construction manager for the world-famous Donald Ross.

Impressed by his work, Ross recommended Alves to the members at Shaker Heights Country Club. Alves was hired to supervise construction of its Donald Ross course, and when construction was finished he stayed on as the Shaker’s first Golf Professional. Eight years later, Ross and Alves were chosen to design and build a course for The Masons of Cleveland, and they created Acacia Country Club in 1920. Alves remained as Acacia’s professional until his death in 1939.

While pro at Acacia, Alves designed a number of other Cleveland area courses, including the two courses at Highland Park in Cleveland, Ridgewood Golf Course in Parma, and Madison Country Club. He also designed Highland Meadows Country Club in Toledo and French Lick Resort in Indiana.

And of course, he designed Twin Lakes Country Club here in Kent in 1923.

The Fairways at Twin Lakes’ tree-lined corridors and rolling hills, combined with its undulating Donald-Ross-style greens, create a scenic and challenging test for golfers of every skill level!

Dress Code

While we are now a public facility, we ask our players to respect the history and tradition of Twin Lakes. Please dress appropriately in golf attire and wear soft spikes golf shoes or tennis shoes only.

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Hole 1

Hole 1

401 yards Black,
391 yards White
360 yards Gold
Par 4

Handicap
4-Men
2-Women

Dogleg right 90 degrees; a drive straight down the open left side will give you a clear 150-yard shot to the bunkered green. Feeling like a big-knocker? Take it over the trees and try to cut the dogleg!

Hole 2

Hole 2

171 yards Black
144 yards White
132 yards Gold
Par 3

Handicap 3

A mid-length par-3 over water and up the hill. Keep your tee shot below the hole! This green is tricky and sloped severely from back to front.

Hole 3

Hole 3

518 yards Black
495 yards White
430 yards Gold
Par 5

Handicap
7-Men
3-Women

The longest hole at The Fairways. Keep your tee shot right, then either lay up to the bottom of the split fairway or carry it over the trees to the upper fairway. Long hitters: watch out for the pot bunkers if you go for the green in two!

Hole 4

Hole 4

419 yards Black
409 yards White
400 yards Gold
Par 4/5

Handicap
2-Men
4-Women

Long and straight, but a roller coaster: down hill off the tee, then uphill to the green! Watch for out-of-bounds to the right off the tee. No bunkers green-side, but long or left of the green is an impossible up-and-down.

Hole 5

Hole 5

372 yards Black
364 yards White
333 yards Gold
Par 4

Handicap
3-Men
5-Women

A tricky little hole! Keep your tee shot down the left side of the fairway 200 – 215 yards. You will then hit over a ravine to a bowl-shaped green that slopes to the center from all sides. Stay below the hole if you can!

Hole 6

Hole 6

355 yards Black
345 yards White
310 yards Gold
Par 4

Handicap
5-Men
7-Women

Another tricky one! A downhill tee shot of 180 – 200 yards is ideal to stay at the top of the hill; there is little to gain going longer. The layup will give you a fairly level lie for your second shot to a tiny little green. Watch for the three pot bunkers left of the green!

Hole 7

Hole 7

389 yards Black
374 yards White
300 yards Gold
Par 4

Handicap 6

Let it rip! A good tee shot to the fairway leaves a mid- to short-iron to a fairly level green. Avoid the out-of-bounds left off the tee and going long on the second shot.

Hole 8

Hole 8

160 yards Black
150 yards White
145 yards Gold
Par 3

Handicap 8

Another par three on which you want to keep your ball below the hole! Bunkers left and right with a sharp drop-off short of the green. If you leave yourself with a longer putt, play smart: an aggressive run on this much slope can get away pretty easily.

Hole 9

Hole 9

454 yards Black
436 yards White
370 yards Gold
Par 4

Handicap 1

The toughest hole at The Fairways! A good tee shot will get you to the top of the hill on this dogleg left, but protect from going too far straight through the fairway or you may find the hazard. From the top of the fairway, it’s usually another 185-200 yards to a big green that slopes slightly away. A par here is a good score!

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