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Deer Ridge Visited

October 25, 2023

BELLVILLE, OH — The golfing world is buzzing with anticipation as the Carl Spackler Open, widely regarded as the #1 amateur golf tournament in the United States, mulls over an exciting proposal from Deer Ridge Golf Club in Belleville, Ohio, for the dates of July 10-13, 2024. If accepted, this proposal would mark a triumphant return to the state of Ohio after an impressive nine-year absence.

Deer Ridge Golf Club has quickly emerged as a strong contender for hosting this prestigious event. Nestled in the heart of Ohio, this golf course is not only challenging but offers a picturesque backdrop that promises to make the Carl Spackler Open a memorable and visually stunning experience for all participants.

"Deer Ridge is the best public course I have played all season," says 14-year member of the Carl Spackler Open Justin Gorby. "Greens and fairways were in perfect shape. Unbelievable views and scenery."

One of Deer Ridge's standout features is its challenging layout, designed to test the skills of even the most seasoned golfers. The course boasts breathtaking views from every hole, inviting players to not only engage in a competitive round but also immerse themselves in the scenic beauty that surrounds them.

The presence of tree-lined fairways, substantial elevation changes, and strategically placed pin positions adds an exciting dimension to the course, demanding golfers to be strategic and versatile, utilizing every club in their bags. This dynamic course promises an exhilarating and demanding golfing experience that aligns perfectly with the spirit of the Carl Spackler Open.

Deer Ridge Golf Club offers more than just an exceptional golf course. The 12,000 square-foot log and timbered clubhouse is a remarkable facility that complements the golfing experience. Its impressive design and size create a welcoming atmosphere, but what truly sets it apart is the breathtaking view it offers of the golf course.

The open rear deck and patio, which overlook the 1st and 10th holes, provide an idyllic setting for golfers and visitors alike to enjoy a meal, socialize, or simply take in the stunning surroundings. It's a space where camaraderie and the love of golf can seamlessly come together.

"Deer Ridge is tough the first time you play it, but after you learn your way around it, there is not a more fun course to play," says senior member Dave Ober. "Greens and fairways are perfect. GPS and ball and club washers on every cart. Also has a beautiful clubhouse with a great restaurant, Black Dog Tavern, for after your round."

As the Carl Spackler Open organizers consider Deer Ridge Golf Club's proposal, golf enthusiasts and participants eagerly await the decision. Should Deer Ridge be selected as the host venue for the 2024 tournament, it promises to be a return to Ohio that will be remembered for its challenging course, breathtaking views, and exceptional facilities.

Deer Ridge is a 10-minute walk to the proposed hotel in Bellville. The town of Bellville is home to two popular establishments, River Rock Sports Bar & Grill and The Local @97, offering delicious food, drinks, and live entertainment. River Rock is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, featuring a full menu with family recipes, live music events, and football game gatherings. Meanwhile, The Local @97, formerly Mike's Pizza, maintains its historic charm and offers American-style favorites, craft beers, and a welcoming atmosphere. Both venues have become integral parts of the Bellville community, providing locals and visitors with a warm and flavorful experience.

The Carl Spackler Open has a storied history of delivering exceptional golf experiences, and Deer Ridge Golf Club could very well be the next chapter in this esteemed tradition. Stay tuned for more updates as the decision-making process unfolds and the golfing community eagerly anticipates the announcement of the 2024 host venue.