Scioto Country Club History
Scioto Country Club from its inception has always been an important part of the history of Upper Arlington and the city of Columbus. Opening in 1916 as a centerpiece of Upper Arlington, the Club is the focal point of a community that is one of the finest in the country. As James Hamill, one of the founding members stated at the Club’s opening, "Our Club, in time, will become one of the most important social centers of the community, and will constitute one of the show places of the city”. Today it stands as a pillar of the Upper Arlington Community, an important gathering place for family and friends, and a treasured part of the history of central Ohio. Over its nearly 100-year history, Scioto has grown to include outstanding recreational facilities in addition to its warm clubhouse experience. Yet the end goal remains the same, to always provide our members and their guests with social and recreational experiences that consistently exceed their expectations and assure a strong Club for the next generation. A Club that supports the community that surrounds it, Scioto is truly our members’ home away from home.
Designed as the first 18-hole golf course in central Ohio by renowned Scottish-born architect Donald Ross, it later became the Club where golf’s greatest player, Jack Nicklaus, learned the game. With the opening of the golf course in 1916, the Club quickly gained national stature as a pre-eminent facility and a decade later hosted the 1926 U.S. Open Championship won by golfing legend Bobby Jones. This started the rich tournament tradition that Scioto enjoys as one of only four golf courses in the United States to have hosted five different major championships. The 1931 Ryder Cup, the 1950 PGA Championship, the 1968 U.S. Amateur, and the 1986 Senior U.S. Open each added to the tournament legacy and prestige of the Club. Scioto provided the connection between the two greatest names in golf, that of Jones and Nicklaus. The golf course has been acclaimed around the world as a strategic routing and a course that demands precise shot-making. In its history, the Club boasts four golf professionals (Club professionals George Sargent, Jack Grout, and Walker Inman, Jr. and legendary Jack Nicklaus) that are in the PGA Hall of Fame. Top amateur players, both male and female, honed their skills under the tutelage of these great professionals. The golf course underwent a renovation under the guidance of Dick Wilson in the early 1960’s and a most recent renovation in 2008 under the watchful eyes of Jack Nicklaus and Dr. Michael Hurdzan, yet still preserves the original Ross routing and design. Today, the course provides a great test to the finest players in the world, ready to host another major championship, and yet is one that is most enjoyable for all levels of players. The practice facility features generous tee grounds and multiple short-game areas and incorporates an indoor facility and teaching center for year around practice, club fitting and lesson programs.
THE CLUBHOUSE – AN EXTENSION OF THE MEMBER’S HOME
The Clubhouse boasts nearly 70,000 sq. ft. of space recently renovated to provide the membership with an extension of their homes. With the views from the clubhouse extending over the golf course to the original homes of Upper Arlington, the clubhouse was designed to offer members comfortable spaces with which to dine, visit with fellow members and family, and locker facilities for the athletic areas of the Club. Wonderful dining venues for families or member functions, outdoor porches and bars, fire pits, and magnificent views overlooking the golf course allow the membership ample opportunities to enjoy the Club’s fine cuisine. Whether an intimate dinner with friends and family or a special occasion event, the Club’s facilities range from very casual dining in the Donald Ross Room and adjacent 1916 Grille, to the Terraces overlooking the first fairway, or the beautiful private dining facilities. These private dining rooms can accommodate member groups from 15 – 300 people, from small business gatherings to lavish galas and weddings. Separate men’s and women’s spaces in their respective locker rooms allow members the private club ambiance to play cards, enjoy conversation with their friends, or to just relax and watch the television.
THE FAMILY CLUB – SOCIAL AND ATHLETIC
Scioto Country Club is more than a destination for relaxation, golf and dining venues. This is a family country club that incorporates all ages into the fabric of the Club. From junior athletic programs to family dining to the many family events that are on the social calendar in a given year, the Club embraces family life and creates memories that are cherished long after the Club event is held. The Club has long given children the opportunity to excel at golf, tennis, and swimming, and has had numerous state and national champions in its ranks. The social calendar has over 70 events including the traditional holiday events, dances, special brunches, wine dinners, etiquette classes, bridge and member functions.
AQUATICS & RAQUET SPORTS
The Club boasts outstanding programs in aquatics, tennis and platform tennis. As the Club continued its growth in the early years, it welcomed swimming in 1937 with the building of its first pool. The pool was acclaimed as one of the finest facilities in the country and was under the direction of Mike Peppe who was also the Ohio State coach and Olympic Diving coach. Peppe brought his greatest stars to Scioto for summer workouts, or swimming and diving exhibitions. Today, the aquatics facility has four pools and has recently enclosed the competition lap pool for year-around swimming. As one of the few facilities in Central Ohio that still have a three-meter diving board, the Club continues its great tradition of swimming and diving excellence with programs for all levels of participants including learn to swim programs, children’s swim teams and even master’s swim programs. The Tennis program restarted at the Club in the early 1960’s. Today, the club has nine Har-Tru and two hard courts and a program that features play for all levels of players. The tennis program features many social and competitive functions on its yearly calendar with weekly clinics, team play, men’s and women’s play nights, junior clinics and events, and mixed couple events. Platform tennis, a sport mostly played in the winter, came onto the scene in 1976. Four heated, elevated courts surround a warming hut that allows play in even the coldest conditions. A four-player game, platform tennis is a fun and challenging activity for individuals and families looking for exercise in the winter months. Members play a few games and then retire to the warmth of the hut or combine the evening with an informal dinner in the clubhouse. An easy game to learn, players of all ages and abilities play and the facility has been the host of the Columbus Open for many years.
THE MEMBER’S WELL-BEING – FITNESS
The Club introduced fitness in 1998 with the building of the 10,000 sq. ft. facility that also shares a lower level with tennis. The facility offers space devoted to the well-being of the membership. Our staff of certified personal trainers will help each individual reach their personal fitness level. The fitness program includes many wellness activities and competitions designed to keep the membership healthy and active. Massage therapy is available as well and many fitness programs are designed for all levels and ages of the membership. Programs offered focus on improvement in sport related fitness, weight reduction, flexibility and injury rehabilitation. Coupled with the new indoor pool facility, the fitness programs now include water programs as well.