Playing the historic Inverness Club this past summer was a special treat. Inverness boasts a storied championship history with the hosting of 4 U.S. Opens, 2 PGA Championships, 2 U.S. Senior Opens, and a U.S. Amateur Championship. The Donald Ross design was also once the home of Byron Nelson, as the club head professional.
Ohio is a hotbed of not only some of the best golf in the Midwest, but in the United States. Growing up, I always heard about the great courses in the Columbus area, but never heard much about Inverness in Toledo. I don’t think you can call Inverness a “hidden gem”, because it’s definitely more than that. The course itself has been touched up 3 times by the names of Tillinghast and Wilson, George and Tom Fazio, and most recently by Arthur Hills. Inverness will undergo a couple more changes before hosting the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur as well.
Inverness is such a classic design. I was completely in awe of the green complexes from the subtle slopes, tight breaks, and even the sharply manicured deep-faced bunkers that guard the greens. One thing I thoroughly enjoyed about the classic Inverness design is that it’s not a bomber’s paradise. Standing up to the technology of today, Inverness requires a lot of thought and strategy off the tees. Each fairway is seemingly lined with strategically placed bunkers that require shot making, strategy, and precision to maneuver.
Looking over the Inverness property it gives you the feeling that you’re at special place. I would love to go back again one day and play a tournament setup with the greens rolling 12+. I was so impressed with the layout and set up of Inverness, and I would most definitely recommend playing this “hidden gem” if you ever get the opportunity.