Ohio State ATI has long had a reputation for one of the best turfgrass management programs in the country, with graduates working at country clubs and professional sports arenas all over the world to prove it.
But there was one thing the program lacked: its own golf course. That deficiency no longer exists, however, thanks to the generous gift of the Hawkins family, which donated Hawk's Nest Golf Club in Creston to Ohio State ATI in 2007. The gift, worth $4.6 million, is the largest in ATI's history.
The public course was founded by Earl and Betty Hawkins of Wooster. The first nine holes opened in July 1993 and the second nine in May 1994. A mere two years later, Golf Digest ranked Hawk's Nest among the top 5 public-access courses in Ohio. Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play" awards Hawks Nest a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, placing it among North America's 201 best public-access courses.
Hawk's Nest provides learning opportunities for no fewer than half of ATI's academic programs. In addition to its turf-related programs (Turfgrass Management, Horticultural Science, and Sports/Commerical Turf Equipment), ATI's programs in environmental sciences, agronomy, landscape, nursery management, greenhouse management and business, to name just a few, all have use the Hawk's Nest greens, bunkers, ponds, and even the pro shop for hands-on experiences.
Visit the Hawk's Nest web site for rates and to book tee times.