Cleveland Metroparks golf courses officially open March 14

Metroparks courses still offer winter round rates

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio - Though many area golf courses have been open for more than 12 days due to better-than-expected March weather, Cleveland Metroparks officially announced the opening of all of its golf courses March 14.

Metroparks courses are still offering the regular winter golf rate of $10.50 for a nine-hole round until next week. The rate will go up depending on each course's guidelines. It is best to check with each course for any regular, or discounted rates that may apply.

Cleveland Metroparks golf courses include: Manakiki in Willoughby Hills, Sleepy Hollow in Brecksville, Shawnee Hills in Bedford, Big Met in Fairview Park, Little Met in Cleveland, Seneca in Broadview Heights, Mastick Woods in Cleveland and Washington Golf Course in Newburgh Heights.

 

On Wednesday, March 14, Manakiki had 95 golfers signed up for tee times by 1 p.m. Big Met had more than 170 by the same time. The exceptionally warm weather had retired golfers pitted against those playing hooky from work all day.

 

In March and April this year, golfers can take advantage of "Free Replays" Monday through Thursday. This offer is for an additional nine holes at Shawnee Hills par 3 course, Little Met, Mastick Woods, or Washington Golf Course immediately following a nine hole purchase. After an eighteen hole round is paid and played at Sleepy Hollow, Manakiki, Big Met, Seneca, or Shawnee Hills, those courses will also offer an additional free nine holes. This offer is not valid for league, or tournament play.

 

Cleveland Metroparks released this statement for golfer information March 14:

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The 2012 Cleveland Metroparks golf season officially starts on Wednesday, March 14.

And, the eight Park District golf courses are ready for you!

Conveniently located throughout Greater Cleveland, the Park District golf courses are open daily from dawn to dusk, through December, weather permitting. The courses offer golfers of all ages and skill levels a combination of 144 holes of recreational opportunities - from the championship layouts at Manakiki and Sleepy Hollow to the sporty par 29 tract at Washington to Seneca with its two 18-hole courses.

Sleepy Hollow, which is named #4 on Golf Week Magazine's list of Top 10 public courses in Ohio in 2011, and Manakiki golf courses are considered by many to be the ultimate in public golfing services and amenities in the Greater Cleveland area. Experienced golfers can enjoy the challenging championship layouts, as well as the attractive clubhouses, pro shops, full catering opportunities, and PGA Pro-instructed golf lessons.

Golfers of varying skill levels can also enjoy the Park District's other six quality courses - Big Met, Shawnee Hills, Seneca, Little Met, Mastick Woods, and Washington - which have many of the same accommodations.

Driving ranges are featured at Sleepy Hollow, Shawnee Hills and Washington . Snack bars and cart and club rentals are available at all courses.

And, shop the diverse array of golf equipment and accessories in the eight golf course pro shops. Cleveland Metroparks guarantees to meet or beat any locally-advertised prices on merchandise for sale in the pro shops through the "low price policy."

The eight Cleveland Metroparks golf courses with pricing are:

* MANAKIKI GOLF COURSE - 18 hole, par 72
440-942-2500 - North Chagrin Reservation - 35501 Eddy Road , Willoughby Hills
18 holes: $27 M-F / $33 W-H / $19 J-S 9 holes: $16 M-F / $21 W-H / $11.50 J-S
Golf Carts: $7 - 9 holes, $13 - 18 holes*

* SLEEPY HOLLOW GOLF COURSE - 18 hole, par 71 & Driving Range
440-526-4285 - Brecksville Reservation - 9445 Brecksville Road , Brecksville
18 holes: $27 M-F / $33 W-H / $19 J-S 9 holes: $16 M-F / $21 W-H / $11.50 J-S
Golf Carts: $7 - 9 holes, $13 - 18 holes*

* SHAWNEE HILLS GOLF COURSE - 18 hole, par 71, a Par 3 Course & Driving Range
440-232-7184 - Bedford Reservation - 18753 Egbert Road , Bedford
18 holes: $23 M-F / $28 W-H / $16 J-S 9 holes: $13.50 M-F / $17.50 W-H / $9.50 J-S

Par 3 course: $8.50 M-F / $10.50 W-H / $6.50 J-S
Golf Carts: $7 - 9 holes, $13 - 18 holes*

* BIG MET GOLF COURSE - 18 hole, par 72 -
440-331-1070 - Rocky River Reservation - 4811 Valley Parkway , Fairview Park
18 holes: $23 M-F / $28 W-H / $16 J-S 9 holes: $13.50 M-F / $17.50 W-H / $9.50 J-S
Golf Carts: $7 - 9 holes, $13 - 18 holes*

* SENECA GOLF COURSE - 18 hole, par 72 & 18 hole, par 71
440-526-0043 - Brecksville Reservation - 975 Valley Parkway , Broadview Heights
18 holes: $23 M-F / $28 W-H / $16 J-S 9 holes: $13.50 M-F /$17.50 W-H / $9.50 J-S
Golf Carts: $7 - 9 holes, $13 - 18 holes*

* LITTLE MET GOLF COURSE - 9 hole, par 34 -
216-941-9672 - Rocky River Reservation - 18599 Old Lorain Road, Cleveland
9 holes: $9.50 M-F / $11.50 W-H / $7.50 J-S
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Carts: $7 - 9 holes*

* MASTICK WOODS GOLF COURSE - 9 hole, par 31 -
216-267-5626 - Rocky River Reservation - 19900 Puritas Road , Cleveland
9 holes: $8.50 M-F / $10.50 W-H / $6.50 J-S
Golf Carts: $7 - 9 holes*
* WASHINGTON GOLF COURSE - 9 hole, par 29 & Driving Range
216-641-1864 - Washington Reservation - 3841 Washington Park Blvd. , Newburgh Hts.
9 holes: $9.50 M-F / $11.50 W-H / $5.50-J / $7.50-S
Golf Carts: $7 - 9 holes*

Golf cart rates are per person. M-F - Weekday Rate (Monday through Friday and after 2 p.m. weekends/holidays). W-H - Weekend Rate (Saturday & Sunday/holidays before 2 p.m.). J-S - Junior (17 & under) & Senior (62 & over). Junior and senior rates are not valid on weekends or holidays before 2 p.m.

Golfers can make tee reservations 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week through a voice-activated calling center - 216-635-3673 (FORE), or through the Park District website: www.clevelandmetroparks.com. Tee reservations for Manakiki, Sleepy Hollow, Shawnee Hills, Seneca, and Big Met can be made up to 12 days in advance (starting at noon) and only by phone or online for the first hour of availability. The reservation is free, but a credit card is required for confirmation. Golfers can also get information on all course rates and directions via the phone system and online.

Golfers can also call the individual courses for more information, greens fees, course conditions, and to make tee reservations, as well.

Other tee time information/restrictions include the following:

- Tee reservations can be made up to 12 days in advance, beginning at noon.

- Tee reservations may be made by phone or online only for the first hour of availability.

- Tee reservations are for the #1 tee only.

- Only two tee reservations per telephone call for the first hour of availability.

- At the 18-hole courses on weekends and holidays before noon, only 18-hole play reservations will be accepted.

- Tee times begin at dawn and extend to approximately 6:30 p.m.

- Golfers must be paid and ready at the teemaster station at least 10 minutes prior to the tee reservation. No shows will be charged a fee.

- Weekday play at the nine-hole courses is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For additional tee reservation guidelines and rules, visit the website: www.clevelandmetroparks.com or call the individual courses.

In March and April, duffers can take advantage of "Free Replays" Monday through Thursday. With "Free Replays," golfers can play an additional 9 holes FREE with any purchase of 9 holes at Little Met, Shawnee Hills Par 3, Mastick Woods or Washington or play an addition 9 at Sleepy Hollow, Manakiki, Big Met, Seneca, or Shawnee Hills with the purchase of 18 holes. The Replay golf must be played immediately after the purchased round. (This offer is subject to availability, cart charges apply for each round, and the offer is no valid with league or tournament play.)

And don't forget Cleveland Metroparks Golf Bonus Rounds program - the program that rewards golfers just for playing Cleveland Metroparks golf courses!

The annual fee for the Bonus Rounds Program is $25. Upon joining, members are rewarded with a free 9-hole greens fee coupon (up to a $21 value) and a coupon for $5 off any in-stock merchandise purchase at Cleveland Metroparks pro shops.

For every $100 spent on greens fees at Cleveland Metroparks Golf Courses, a golfer earns $20 in Bonus Dollars to be used on a future visit for greens fees. There are no restrictions on when Bonus Dollars can be used, and they do not expire and are even transferrable. League players are also now eligible to earn and use Bonus Rounds for league play.

Once registered, the process is easy! No card swipes, no scans. A golfer number triggers the reward, and the receipt will show any value earned and the amount needed to earn the next reward. If a golfer doesn't know his/her number, a Cleveland Metroparks golf staff person will be happy to find it at the register. Golfers earn Bonus Rounds while golfing at any of the eight courses.

In addition, all eight courses are available for special private outings. Tournaments, special clinics and group outings for both, large groups and as small as 12 people, can be arranged. Food and beverage service may also be arranged with Cleveland Metroparks affiliated caterers/clubhouse concessionaires.

Throughout the season, linksters can also participate in a variety of outings, tournaments, special events, clinics, and lessons presented by Cleveland Metroparks Golf staff, including " Academy of Golf " classes - learning opportunities for all ages and skill levels to improve golf skills, golf knowledge and enjoyment of the game.

For information on reserving a course for exclusive outing use, additional details on the many special events scheduled this season or on " Academy of Golf " classes, call Golf Services at 440-232-7247.

So, have those clubs ready and enjoy the 2012 golf season at any or all of the eight golf courses of Cleveland Metroparks - part of your life, naturally!

For

tee reservations guidelines online visit: www.clevelandmetroparks.com

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