Opening Year: 1966
Men’s - 71
Ladies - 71
Red Tees= 5071 yards
White Tees= 6205 yards
Blue Tees= 6763 yards
Yellow Tees= 5509 yards
USGA Handicap & Slope Ratings:
Red Tees - 67.8/107
White Tees - 68.5/111
Blue Tees - 70.9/118
Yellow Tees - 65.1/103
Construction of Royal Crest started in the summer of 1964. The first nine holes opened on May 10, 1966 and the back nine was finished and opened in the spring of 1969. The course is tree lined with some rolling fairways, although the majority of the fairways are flat. We are always updating tree plantings, therefore the majority of the trees are mature and offer good fairway distinction. In some cases, new plantings are there to replace old dead trees, or to reshape the way the hole is to be played. The whole course is cart path lined so you can play anytime, even with severe wet conditions. Originally a farm, we know the value of good drainage. Clay tile winds itself throughout the course for about 30 miles of drainage.
The course was designed by William Burdick, who later became the head superintendent at Canterbury Country Club in Cleveland, and later general manager. William Burdick passed away on May 15, 2008. Elevated greens and tees are an earmark of Williams design along with generous fairway landing areas. Sand traps are at a minimum, with a view of speeding up play. Three lakes are incorporated into the course design, and some holes tee off right over, or next to water. The lakes come into play with the landing area of your drive or second shot, in some areas.
Royal Crest was the name of the dairy farm that the Madak family operated for some 30 plus years on the same site, before 1964. This course was designed with the average golfer in mind, not too long, and not too short.
The elevated greens are planted with Pentcross bentgrass, still the most specified and the most widely used and trusted bentgrass in the world. They average between 6,000 and 9,000 square feet which are some of the largest in the area.
The elevated bentgrass greens are surrounded by Merion Bluegrass one of the oldest of the Kentucky blue grasses. Fairways are a mixture of Kentucky blue grass, red fescue, and a variety of perennial ryegrasses. Regular over seeding of the fairways introduces the most current disease resistant varieties of perennial ryegrass. Elevated tees are bentgrass.
Donald Madak is the head superintendent, head professional is Truman Hudson, the course is managed by the Madak family.