Shawnee Lookout Golf Course has been challenging golfers for more than 30 years.
This course boasts spectacular greens, outstanding course conditions and challenging shots not seen on most golf courses in the area. The course is a fantastic choice for outings and provides an outstanding post-round setting thanks to a full service snack bar and scenic patio set above #18 green.
Wildlife abounds at Shawnee Lookout, from white-tailed deer to wild turkeys and red-tailed hawks to the occasional coyote. The slow paced setting allows golfers a reprieve. Everyone receives first class treatment and leaves the facility knowing they had a great time on such a unique golf course.
After nearly 40 years of serving Hamilton County residents, 2019 will be the farewell year for Shawnee Lookout Golf Course.
We want to thank all of our loyal golfers and look forward to seeing you in our final season. The course will be open from April 1 through September 30, 2019.
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Great Parks of Hamilton County will discontinue operating the 18-hole golf course at Shawnee Lookout.
September 30, 2019
The golf industry nationwide has experienced a reduction in participation over the past decade and the Ohio golf market has seen similar trends. Other golf courses in southwest Ohio have closed and, in spite of our recent efforts to interject new concepts and ideas at Shawnee Lookout, our rounds of play have remained flat and at times even declined.
Opened in 1979, the Shawnee Lookout golf course is nearing 40 years old and its infrastructure is bearing witness. If no action is taken, we would face significant capital investments in the near future including an irrigation overhaul, cart path repairs and repaving, and other critical infrastructure related issues. The annual cost to maintain the course continues to increase and our level of play has not kept pace.
Is this the beginning of a trend?
No. Our other six courses are currently in good financial standing and golf will continue to be an important recreational amenity for the foreseeable future. By discontinuing golf operations at Shawnee Lookout, we can redirect our focus and resources on providing exceptional golf experiences at our other six courses.
What does this mean to our guests?
Guests can golf at Shawnee Lookout through September 30, 2019.
Great Parks will honor all currently booked golf outings and golf leagues at Shawnee Lookout.
We will have customer appreciation offers for Shawnee Lookout.
There will be a thank-you event in September to officially close the course.
What will remain open once the course is closed?
The clubhouse restrooms and archaeological museum.
Cart paths will be available for guests to use as a trail.
What happens to the current golf employees at Shawnee Lookout?
Shawnee Lookout Golf Course employees will have the opportunity to work at another Great Park.
What happens next?
As we move into the future, we will look to our recently completed Comprehensive Master Plan, which provides guidance to the overall agency.
At the end of the 2019 golf season, Great Parks will begin decommissioning the golf course and prepare for a transition plan to repurpose the course into a wildlife habitat and a means for the public to connect with nature.
In the future, we will also be developing a Park and Facility Master Plan to carefully create the most effective way for the general public to experience the unique cultural and natural resources which are being preserved and protected at Shawnee Lookout.
How do I get more information?
Contact Doug Stultz, Director of Golf, at 513-367-9370, ext. 1, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shawnee Lookout Golf Course is closed for the season. During the winter months, the Golf Cart Trail is temporarily open for public use. This 3.75-mile trail is open for people and their pets to walk, run, hike or bike along the beautiful course.
Golf Cart Trail Rules
- Trail is not maintained; use at your own risk
- Visitors must remain on the paved trail
- People, pets and bicycles only
- Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet in length
- Skiing, sledding, skating or motorized vehicles are not permitted
- Trail not recommended for people with disabilities
About the Course
Though the course plays just over 6,000 yards from the back tees, Shawnee Lookout provides every golfer with a unique challenge. This is no more apparent than with the difficult closing holes. Holes #15 and #18 are true three shot par 5s, #16 could be considered a three shot par 4, and #17 is a 140 yard par 3 with a blind tee shot; making pars on any of these holes goes a long way to a good score at Shawnee Lookout. Lessons and club fitting are available with a PGA professional or apprentice and league opportunities are available for individuals and groups.
18-hole Greens Fees
Riding Cart Rate/$14.95 (plus tax)
Golf Bike/$9.35 (plus tax)
9 Hole Greens Fees
Riding Cart Rate/$7.48 (plus tax)
Golf Bike/$4.67 (plus tax)
Pull Cart/ $4
Note: All course fees are per person. Senior rates apply to those 60 and older and are available weekdays (excluding holidays, league play, outings and tournaments.) Junior rates (17 and younger) are available weekdays and during select times on weekends.
Extreme Foot Golf
Extreme FootGolf is a modified version of FootGolf. Play from tee to green and test your soccer skills. Ball is "holed" when it comes to rest on the green. Are you up for the challenge?
Extreme FootGolf is available at Shawnee Lookout golf course late afternoons on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All you need to bring is a soccer ball and tennis or golf shoes (no cleats).
Incorporate fitness into your golf game with the new Golf Bikes at Shawnee Lookout Golf Course. The specially designed bikes are made to handle all types of terrain, with wide rubber tires and small diameter wheels to help you easily maneuver around the course. The golf club holder is integrated into the frame, making it easy to balance the bike. Experience this new way to play as you enjoy a round of golf at Cincinnati's most scenic golf course.
18 holes/ $9.39 (plus tax)
9 holes/ $4.67 (plus tax)
Golf Memberships at Shawnee Lookout
Shawnee Lookout offers three levels of membership: the Eagle, the Birdie and the Par. Each membership includes four passes to Sharon Woods, Miami Whitewater Forest and The Mill Course for a special rate, three guest passes for the promotional rate, and 10% off any in-stock merchandise at Shawnee Lookout.
Shawnee Lookout Golf Memberships PDF
Mike Uffman, Professional
Mike has been a golf professional with the Great Parks of Hamilton County since 2000, serving as an assistant professional as Shawnee Lookout and Sharon Woods prior to his time as Head Professional at Shawnee Lookout and Miami Whitewater Forest. Mike understands that although students learn in a variety of ways, the one common thread is the desire to learn. He is a proponent of launch monitor analysis and other technologies to show the student exactly how the swing influences the ball. From simple drills on the range to time spent playing on the golf course, the time invested in learning the game should be both fun and rewarding.
Jennifer (Johnson) Ridle
Jennifer Ridle is the Class A PGA golf professional Clubhouse Manager at Shawnee Lookout and Miami Whitewater Forest. Jennifer has been employed with the Great Parks since 2001 and has been Assistant Golf Professional since 2002. Focusing on instruction, Jennifer has a large clientele of students ranging from novice beginners to advance students. Her knowledge, commitment and love for teaching and the game of golf allow her to develop any skill level in any student. Jennifer’s teaching philosophy is that every golfer needs to master the basic fundamentals so his/her swing can feel effortless. Understanding the fundamentals of the grip, set-up, alignment, ball position and most importantly balance, golfers will achieve a solid and consistent swing. Playing accomplishments: 2004 Greater Cincinnati PGA Ladies Stroke Play Champion, 2010 Southern Ohio PGA Ladies Champion.
New for 2017 is the Ladies Fall Clinic and League. Each week, the clinic features a different topic prior to league members playing the course. Click below for more information.
Shawnee Lookout offers tournaments for players of all ages and abilities. The Father/Son includes six holes each of Better Ball, Alternate Shot and Scramble. The exciting Shawnee Lookout Shootout will utilize a modified Stableford system. The Senior Club Championship gives those 50 and over a chance to be crowned champion. And you don’t want to miss the ever popular Halloween tournament. Dress in your best costume, grab your friends and look out for the “tricks” on each hole.