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105 Castle Shannon Blvd
Hopedale, OH  43976-0386
United States
P: (740) 937-2373
F: (740) 937-2476
Castle Shannon Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

71 par | 6,896 yards | 132 slope

73.0 rating

Castle Shannon Golf Course

The 18-hole "Castle Shannon" course at the Castle Shannon Golf Course facility in Hopedale, Ohio features 6,896 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 73.0 and it has a slope rating of 132. Designed by Gary Grandstaff, the Castle Shannon golf course opened in 1994. Paul Wackerly, Jr. manages the course as the Golf Professional.

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Time5am - 9pm
Price $0 - $500
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

They are under new management and seem to be going the right direction. It always plays DIFFICULT. One of the best layouts in Ohio, unfortunately, it's in the middle of nowhere. Hard to get on the schedule because of location, but worth the trip.

Reviewed July 30, 2011

Reviewed April 15, 2011

Have heard some rumors that this course will not open for the 2011 season. A shame because when well maintained it certainly is a beautiful course. The course peaked in the late 90's but since then, management has switched hands two, maybe three times and the course never got back to full potential again.
I last played there in October of 10' and there was some work being done to improve some of the problems mentioned in other reviews (greens, sand bunkers, and general overgrowth.) I was down there 2 weeks, sun shining, and there wasn't a soul in sight. So I don't believe there will be golf at Castle Shannon this season.
The course is very tough in my opinion, and even tougher if you don't hit the ball straight consistently. However, it is a great change of pace from other surrounding courses, shame to see it seemingly hit rock bottom.

Reviewed November 01, 2010

I use to play this course all the time, then the owners of Copeland hills GC took over and never put any money into it. the greens were hard and bumpy, no sand in the traps. Piont blank I will never play this course agian until the Copeland owners get their head out of their AS---. and put some money into it or Some one with a teaspoon of commen sence takes over. And the sad part even Copeland Hills is suffering for the decsions of the Owners.... WILL NEVER PLAY EITHER COURSE AGAIN!!!!!!!! Save you money and play courses that actually care about the COURSE!!!!

Reviewed May 02, 2010

WOW what a nightmare!!!!!!!! TRAVELED OVER 80 MILES TO PLAY THIS GOATPATH. called the "proshop" 2 days early to make the teetimes, at that point ask this simple question, IS THE COURSE IN GOOD CONDITION? the answer was a simple, YES IT IS. THIS GUY IS A BOLD FACE LIAR. was able to meet this little weasel in person at the course when he refused to refund any money, and still stood by his opinion that the course was indeed in good condition. aerated greens with NO top dressing, fairways hard as rocks with burnt patches everywhere, weeds and dandilions have TAKEN over all the SAND BUNKERS, I DON'T HAVE ONE POSITIVE THING TO SAY. i have been playing golf 20 years and never seen anything like this. i never felt the need to write a review. i never asked for a refund before. POOR OWNERSHIP!!!!!!!!! DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME, FUEL, GREENFEES, ETC. THIS COURSE NEEDS TO SHUTDOWN UNTIL BETTER MANAGEMENT CAN BE FOUND. it is a shame, the course has a great layout, and we use to go there often in the late 90's, it WAS worth the trip. we payed for 18 holes and only played 9, we could not stomach it any longer.

Reviewed May 01, 2010

Quite a shame, the layout is unique and looks to have once been a great course. All sand traps are now mud sand waste bunkers with no sand to be found. The rough had not been cut in a week making it impossible to find your ball amongst the thousands of dandilions that lined the course. Dandilions were even growing on some of the greens. Group in front walked off after 9 when course refused to refund their fees after they complained about course conditions. Would not play again until new management takes over.

Reviewed July 13, 2007

WOW!!! This course is a big wake up call to weekend warriors on the course. Realy challenges you with hazards surrounding almost every fairway and green.
Bring some extra balls as all but those with the best control are gonna lose some. I have not felt intimidated by a golf hole in quitesome time, but this course had several that had that effect. I now know what it feels like to play in the Brittish Open..Really does bring to mind a typical links course from Scotland or such. All in all a very challenging and fun course to play.

Reviewed June 26, 2007

No Mercy, Lots of Fun

This course will chew you up and spit you out if you have serious leaks in your game. Don't go here thinking you can just hack it up and shoot 90. You will be out a case of balls, and will be dipping into the "Previously Enjoyed" barrel in the clubhouse. The holes are tough but fair, and the greens are pretty fast. The Gauntlet (hole No. 3) is just sick. It's long, and has just about every hazard imaginable. You can't find holes like that on courses out my way (Pittsburgh).

Amenities are standard fare... snack bar, vending machines, etc. A couple of holes are borderline absurd, most notably Bunker Hill (hole 6), a dogleg par 5 where you have no second shot unless your drive is absolutely perfect. Otherwise, it's a great challenge for an intermediate or advanced golfer (the championship yardage is fairly close to the yardage of some pro courses). If you can't drive the ball straight, bring lots of balls. Seriously.

Reviewed June 10, 2007

great layout

Absolutely spectacular layout. Quite challenging but fair, except a few goofy holes. Conditions were sadly fair at best. Definitely worth a visit for the scenery and the design.

Reviewed September 04, 2006

Great Links Course

Remeniscent of the "Old Course" at St. Andrews but with hills.
Not one that you'd like to walk but a great challenge to anyone wishing to experience golf in an atmosphere as it was first envisioned.

Reviewed August 04, 2006


This is one of the hardest couses i have ever played. Out of all my years of golfing i have never scored so badly. The fairways are as high as becwood golf cousrses ruff. You guys really need to shorten youre fairways and clean up the place a little bit too. All in all though it is a nice course though.


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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 robert H. 14 45 31 05/01/10
2 D.J. W. 30 101 71 09/16/10
3 david K. 11 82 71 07/28/07
4 Ronald Y. 19 91 72 09/16/11
5 Andrew S. N/A 73 73 08/24/07
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Castle Shannon Golf Course

Golf Only facility

18 regulation holes

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Paul Wackerly, Jr., Golf Professional
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