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OSU Football
Football Saturdays in Columbus are unlike any other Saturday of the year. Car loads of fans stream toward Lane and High Street in Columbus to find a place to park and to spend hours prior to the kickoff tailgating or joining parties at local bars and restaurants near the OSU stadium. This is more than a football game, it's a big social event. 
More than 90,000 fans pack the newly restored stadium, cheering for THE BEST DAMN BAND IN THE LAND and their beloved Buckeyes. 
From radio to television, from rooftop to front doors, the going slogan on these weekends is "GO BUCKS!"

OSU Basketball
The Ohio State men's and women's basketball teams have made "The Shot", Schottenstein Center, a hot spot during winter weekends and evenings. Preseason play starts in late November. The Big Ten Season Kicks off in January. For more than a decade the Women's basketball team has been a power-house, winning numerous Big Ten titles.

Other OSU Sports
Ohio State has the nation's largest athletic department with almost 40 sports and more than 200 annual events. OSU also offers many spectator sports, some of which are free, including baseball, soccer, wresting, volleyball, synchronized swimming, field hockey, ice hockey, rugby, golf, tennis, cross country, fencing, swimming, and diving.

All other sports

The Memorial Tournament
For one weekend in the spring, Dublin receives national attention via the television coverage of Jack Nicklaus' Muirfield Memorial Golf Tournament. Big names have regularly challenged the demanding par 72, 7104 yard course. Star players are expected to compete again this year. Of course, the top attraction is the tournament's original organizer, and hometown favorite, Jack Nicklaus, who has been a two-time winner. 
This course is designed with spectators in mind. Many of its greens are surrounded by high banks and hills that form natural amphitheaters capable of seating thousands of people. 
Memorial officials don't release attendance figures. However, crowds always approach course capacity. When the weather cooperates (a big joke in central Ohio). The tournament is an enjoyable spectator event, whether you are a golf aficionado or a people watcher. 

LPGA Tours
Central Ohio now hosts several LPGA golf tours including the New Albany Golf Classic and the Wendy's Golf Tournament at Tartan Fields.

Little Brown Jug
Every September in the city of Delaware, just north of Columbus, horse racing fans congregate at the Delaware County Fairgrounds to witness a jewel in the triple crown of harness racing. It is the nationally known Little Brown Jug, which is run on the Thursday after county fair week and features the best three-year-old pacers in the United States. Schools are closed in Delaware during "Jug Week".

New Albany Classic
The New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix is an annual equestrian event held on the Wexner estate in New Albany, Ohio. Between the horse show, concert and family-friendly rides and activities, this event has something for everyone.

Columbus Clippers
The Columbus Clippers and their fans have a newly built stadium located in the magnificent Area District in downtown Columbus. In 2009, shortly after opening, Huntington Park won 3 Ballpark of the Year Awards. The brand new stadium boasts a capacity of over 10,000 and different areas around the ballpark to suit any fans' preference.

Scioto Downs
This harness racing track is a top sports attraction in Central Ohio. Scioto Downs has established itself not only locally, but nationally. Live horse racing begins in May and ends in September, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Post time starts at 6:30pm. In addition to the unique clubhouse and grandstand, Scioto Downs also offers Casino Style Gaming with over 2,000 slot games available. The gaming level is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Columbus Polo Club
The Columbus Polo Club, Ohio's largest running polo club, plays Sundays from late May to early October at 2pm. Games can be canceled due to wet field. Please contact the polo club by 10am to make sure the game is still on.

The Ohio Expo Center
The Ohio Expo Center is home to more than 150 events each year, including the Ohio State Fair. Don't miss out on all the exciting events they've got to offer from shopping for antiques to rodeos and sporting events.

Columbus Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets ice hockey team competes every season in the Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus. They compete with 29 different teams in the National Hockey League.

Columbus Marathon
The Columbus Marathon is one of the top 20 U.S. marathons. Seventeen percent of its runners qualify for the Boston Marathon each year. The course starts in downtown Columbus and winds through various neighborhoods: The Short North, The Ohio State University campus, Upper Arlington, German Village, Victoria Village, and Bexley. It finishes near Nationwide Arena.

The Columbus Crew
Professional soccer debuted in Columbus in 1996 with much success. More than 18,000 fans attend each home game, the fourth highest mark in the Major League Soccer. All Crew home games are played at the specially built Crew Stadium, the nation's first stadium built specifically for a professional soccer team. Its along I-71 near the Ohio Expo Center.

Auto and Motorcycle Racing
One of the nation's top permanent road racing tracks is Mid-Ohio Sports Course. A 2.5 mile, 15 turn rack track near Lexington Ohio. Events for cars and motorcycles take place between mid June and mid September on this course. The course also offers a race car driving school. 

National Trail Raceway
For fans of drag racing, the tail offers over 22 weekend events each year. In Hebron, Ohio about 30 miles east of Columbus, competition, categories range from souped-up muscle cars to the fire-belching, ear-splitting "Top Fuel" dragsters that reach speeds of up to 300 miles per hour in 1/4 mile!

High School Championship
Ohio is known nationally for its high school athletics. Local schools have won national awards in cheerleading, baseball, gymnastics, cross country track, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field, and much more.

Participant/Recreational Sports

There are those who like to watch the pros from the sidelines, and those who would rather do it themselves. For the amateur athlete, Columbus offers great facilities and active organizations. 
Lifetime athletes are what is happening in Central Ohio. Whether it is tennis, golf, swimming, baseball, softball, soccer, hockey, or an even wider variety of other recreational pursuits, Columbus offers an abundance of outlets. Area residents are an active bunch, causing an increase in interest at local spas and health clubs, also neighborhood recreation center.
Joggers still pound the streets, bike trails, and travel the paths in the numerous local parks. In recent years the tri-athlete has become apparent, dressed in slick clothing and pumping a bicycle uphill on many local two-lane roads. If challenge is what you want, then check out the myriad of opportunities in central Ohio.

Fitness Clubs
The following is a list of web sites of some of the health and fitness centers in the central Ohio area. They are numerous so we may have missed some, but this is a good list to start you off with:

Athletic Club of Columbus
Beyond Limits Training
California Fitness
Capital Club
Go Fitness Center
Grant Health and Fitness Center
Lifetime Fitness
Metro Fitness Center
Orange Theory Fitness
Planet Fitness
Urban Active Fitness
Victory Fitness Center

Central Ohio offers a variety of running events for competitive and recreational joggers, ranging from short "fun runs" to premier sporting events like the 26.2 mile Columbus Marathon. Here are some running events:

Wendy's Triathlon
Race for the Cure
Columbus Half Marathon
Dead Celebrity Run, Halloween
5K Bunny Hop, Saturday before Easter
St. Ann's Hospital, Ohio Biathlon
Night Moves
Jingle Bell Runs for Arthritis, first Saturday in December

"Run for your life" is a jogging program institued by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. Facilities located at Olentangy, Big Run, Berliner, Franklin, and Mock centers have daily sessions except for Sunday, for all age groups to run indoors.
A Parcourse is an outdoor jogging trail that is interspersed with exercise stations and rest stops. There is a one-mile trail at Ohio State which begins and ends at Larkins Hall and another in Worthington in the Olentangy Parklands.
Be sure to visit the trail way running from Weber Rd along the eastern edge of the Olentangy River through Whetstone Park, Antrim Park, and ending at about State Route 161 in Worthington. Walking, biking, jogging, skating, and just strolling affords the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful views.

Backpacking and Hiking
Many parks throughout the state have hiking trails, but for serious backpacking, there are a few parks with exceptional trails in southern Ohio. The best trails are at Burr State Park in Glouster, featuring a 29 mile trail. East Fork State Park in Bethel, with a 47 mile trail that is shared by horseback riders. Zaleski State Forest in Vinton County featuring a 21 mile with a 10 mile loop. Shawnee State Forest near Portsmouth has a tough 42 mile trail that includes two 20 mile loops. Hocking Hills in Logan has a 13 mile trail, and Wayne National Forest at Lake Vesuvius has several, the longest is 13 miles. For more information on the State Parks, call the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation office. 

Skiing and Snowboarding
Central Ohio's topography is generally flat. However, there are several hills near central Ohio that offer a shady-side ski slope most of the winter. These rely heavily on snowmaking equipment and aren't overly challenging, so they are a great place to learn to ski. The local ski areas are: 

Alpine Valley
10620 Mayfield Rd.
Chesterland, OH 44026

Big Creek
12721 Concord Hambden Rd.
Concord Township, OH 44024

Boston Mills/Brandywine
7100 Riverview Rd.
Peninsula, OH 44264

Mad River Mountain
1000 Snow Valley Rd.
Zanesfield, OH 43360

Ski Clear Fork
341 Resort Dr.
Butler, OH 44822

Snow Trails
3100 Possum Run Rd.
Mansfield, OH 44903

Columbus Ski Club
This non-profit club has more than 2,000 members. The club frequently hits area slopes, schedules about a dozen U.S. and international trips, and multiple local trips a year. It is also the organizer of the annual Ski Swap, held just before the ski season starts, where skiers can buy and trade used equipment and obtain information from ski resorts. 

Cross Country Skiing
Cross country skiers and sled riders will find accommodations in area metro parks. Cross country trails are available at Battelle-Darby Creek, Blacklick Woods, Sharon Woods, and Highbanks park.

Softball may be the most popular adult participation sport in central Ohio. Columbus' Recreation and parks Department offers hundreds of slow pitch leagues for more than 35,000 men and women on hundreds of diamonds throughout the city each summer. When you add suburban, church, and fast-pitch leagues, it seems everyone is batting or fielding.
An additional 300 softball leagues are offered through Sportsite, and indoor facility. the facility also has baseball clinics for children. 
Baseball fans of all ages can hone their skills at Big League Baseball School, a facility that has batting cages and pitching tunnels and offers private lessons and clinics year round.

Basketball players never should be at a loss to find a game somewhere in central Ohio. Many central Ohio cities' parks, schools, churches, and recreation centers have organized basketball leagues for boys, girls, men, and women.

All Ohio Girls Basketball

USA Sports Academy

Bicycling is a popular way to tour some of central Ohio's picturesque back roads. The most extensively traveled roads wind through Alum Creek State Park, near Hoover Reservoir, the Scioto River valley, and the Metro Parks. 

Bowling is popular at more than 100 central Ohio lanes, each hosting men's and women's, or mixed leagues in the fall, winter and spring. Many alleys offer automatic scoring and televisions above each lane. Some have lessons, pro shops, pool tables, dart boards, lounges, and babysitting services. Bowling alleys are a popular place to have Saturday birthday parties for youngsters.

Platform Tennis
Scioto Country Club, Granville Platform Tennis, Columbus Country Club, Worthington Hills Country Club, and Rocky Fork Country Club all have platform tennis courts and teams that play an inter-club league. Ohio State University has four lighted courts. Play is restricted to faculty, staff, students, and their guests.

Boating / Sailing / Rowing
For a landlocked area, central Ohio has a surprising number of exuberant sailors and fishermen who take to the waters of Hoover Reservoir, O'Shaughnessy Dam, and Alum Creek State Park's 4000 acre reservoir, Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River, and Buckeye Lake accomodate winter skiers, ski-doos, and boogie board riders behind large powerful boats. Hoover and O'Shaughnessy reservoirs are popular with sailors, and both have yacht clubs that conduct races and regattas.
The Local universities use Hoover Reservoir and Scioto River for their rowing practice and races. Rowers can join the Greater Columbus Rowing Associates, which uses the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir. 


Scuba diving instruction is readily available in central Ohio at several PADI-certified instructors. These instructions are for beginners, intermediate, advanced, and instructional levels. Most sell scuba equipment. The Department of Natural Resources does permit diving in about 20 state parks, several in central Ohio.

Senior Olympics
Senior Olympics are available through the Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks.

Columbus has a multitude of tennis courts open to the public, with many more at country clubs, area high schools, colleges, suburban parks (although proof of residency is sometimes required), and apartment complexes. Outdoor tennis courts are easy to come by in the city.
Some suburban communities hold tennis tournaments in the summer, and each year the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department hosts the Central Ohio Tennis Tournament. It features competition in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles for players from age 13 and up. Final rounds will be played at Wolfe Park in East Columbus.
For the serious tennis buff, Central Ohio offers many tennis clubs. Each charges a membership fee and most have hourly court fees:

Champions Tennis Club
3900 Westerville Rd
Columbus, OH 43224

Columbus Country Club
4831 E. Broad St
Columbus, OH 43213

Elysium Tennis
7637 Commerce Pl
Plain City, OH 43064

Kingsale Golf and Fitness Club
3737 Village Club Dr
Powell, OH 43065

Olympic Indoor Tennis Club
3480 Indianola Ave
Columbus, OH 43214

The Players Club
3333 Mill Meadow Dr
Hilliard, OH 43026

The Racquet Club of Columbus
1100 Bethel Rd
Columbus, OH 43220

Scarborough East Tennis & Fitness Club
5641 Alshire Rd
Columbus, OH 43232

Wicketree Tennis Club
5760 Maple Canyon Ave
Columbus, OH 43229


Football is perhaps central Ohio's most popular sport, and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department conducts touch football leagues for men and women each fall at Berliner Park on Greenlawn Ave.

Disc Golf 

Disc Golf is a strange twist on conventional golf, and involves throwing discs into large baskets. Like the traditional golf game, disc golf is played over natural terrain. Columbus has three disc-golf courses. One at Hoover Reservoir, Blendon Woods Metro Park, and at Big Run Park.

Ice Skating

Ice Skating is popular on ponds and lakes around Columbus when temperatures permit. Sharon Woods and Blacklick Metro Parks open their ponds to skate when ice thickness is at least 4 inches. Dublin, Worthington, Nationwide Arena, Ohio State University, and the Chiller Rink have indoor ice skating facilities for year round use. 
Hockey has become a popular high school sport. The high school teams practice on one of the above-described indoor rinks.

The only canoe livery in the immediate vicinity of central Ohio is Trapper John's Livery on the Big Darby Creek. Canoeing is also available on many Ohio lakes and streams. Canoe rental and/or boat launching facilities are available at Delaware, Lake Hope, Deer Creek, and Alum Creek State Park. Westerville City Park and Jaycee Riverside Park in Zanesville can also accommodate canoers. For more information, please contact the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft.

The area has more than 800 active darters. Six major leagues hold play during the four seasons at more than sixty bars, taverns, and bowling alleys. One of the better known places is Chest Tavern. Others include Gahanna Lanes, Groucho's, Short North Tavern, Ledo's Lounge, Sawmill Lanes, Zorba's, and Kelley's Tavern.

In the summer you will find fisherman trying for carp on the Scioto River, but there are sportier fish available too. Area lakes, rivers, and reservoirs may have bluegill, sunfish, catfish, walleye, crappie and largemouth and smallmouth bass, plus rock bass. Two excellent spots to fish are Griggs and O'Shaughnessy dams on Riverside Drive. Alum Creek lake, just east of Delaware along S.R. 36, is stocked with walleye that sometimes run from 15 to 20 inches.
Hoover Reservoir, a 3300 acre city-owned lakes, is just est of Westerville along Sunbury Rd. Buckeye Lake, on S.R. 79 east of Columbus and south of Newark, is the place to go for largemouth bass to catfish. Deer Creek State Park in Mt. Sterling is a popular place to catch bluegill, sunfish, carp, crapple, sauger, channel, and flathead catfish and bass. It is about 60 miles southwest of Columbus. 

Mid Ohio Select Soccer League
Columbus East Soccer
Locker Soccer Academy
Central Ohio Soccer
There are many recreational soccer leagues run by the city and suburban recreation centers. There are all men and all women leagues as well. The city conducts four fall c-rec soccer leagues featuring 30 teams. Indoor leagues are offered at oak Creek Indoor Soccer and many other sports facilities, including Sportsite.

Greater Columbus Swim Team
City of Upper Arlington Aquatics
Northwest Swim Club
Swim and Racquet
In addition to the large number of private clubs, pools, and country club pools, there are many outdoor pools operated by the city of Columbus in the summertime. There is one city-run indoor pool, on Hunter Avenue, that is open year round. 
Many of the suburbs of Columbus have their own parks and recreation pools.
Swimming is prohibited in most of the central Ohio rivers, lakes, and streams, but there are some smaller man-made beaches at Alum Creek, Buck Creek, Buckeye Lake, Ceasar Creek, Deer Creek, Delaware, Dillon, and Madison Lake State Park.

Columbus Volleyball Academy
The Volley Park
Capital City Volleyball
Buckeye Volleyball Club
Volleyball is among the most popular indoor sports in central Ohio, attracting hundreds of players to area gyms during the winter attracting hundreds of players to area gyms during the winter months. Suburban communities such as Westerville, Upper Arlington, Gahanna, and Hilliard rent out high school gyms for open play as well as volleyball leagues.
Columbus has a winter volleyball program that consists of roughly 40 leagues and 4,000 players. The program uses the Anheuser Busch, Berliner, Dumaree, Willis, and Big Run athletic complexes. The city of Columbus also has dozens of more summer leagues.

The Columbus area is rich in golf tradition with four recognized world-class golf courses. 
The acknowledged "Big Four" listed whenever anyone talks about the best courses in the country, are Muirfield Village Golf Club, where Jack Nicklaud designed a gem and then created the Memorial Tournament. Scioto Country Club is the "Old Lady" which has hosted the USGA and other national tournaments throughout the years. Last but not least, the Ohio State University's Scarlet Course, which is perhaps the best collegiate course in the United States.

Public Golf Courses

Franklin County

Airport Golf Course
900 North Hamilton Rd
Columbus, OH 43219

Blacklick Woods Golf Course
7309 E. Livingston Ave
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

Bridgeview Golf Course
2738 Agler Rd
Columbus, OH 43224

Champions Golf Course
3900 Westerville Rd
Columbus, OH 43224

Gahanna Municipal Golf Course
220 Olde Ridenour Rd
Gahanna, OH 43230

Golf Club of Dublin
5805 Eiterman Rd
Dublin, OH 43016

Homestead Springs Golf Course
5888 London-Lancaster Rd
Groveport, OH 43125

Mentel Memorial Golf Course
6005 Alkire Rd
Galloway, OH 43119

Minerva Lake Golf Club
2955 Minerva Lake Rd
Columbus, OH 43231

New Albany Links
7100 New Albany Links Dr
New Albany, OH 43054

The Phoenix Golf Links
3413 Jackson Pike
Grove City, OH 43123

Raymond Memorial Golf Course
3860 Trabue Rd
Columbus, OH 43228

Thornapple Country Club
1051 Alton Darby Creek Rd
Galloway, OH 43119

Turnberry Golf Course
1145 Clubhouse Rd
Pickerington, OH 43147

Walnut Hill Golf Course
6001 E. Livingston Ave
Columbus, OH 43232

Westchester Golf Course
6300 Bent Grass Blvd
Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Willow Run Golf Course
PO Box 234
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

Wilson Road Golf Course
1900 Wilson Rd
Columbus, OH 43228

Delaware County 

Arrowhead Lakes Golf Course
580 N. Walnut St
Galena, OH 43021

Bent Tree Golf Course
350 Bent Tree Rd
Sunbury, OH 43074

Big Walnut Golf Course
6683 State Route 61
Sunbury, OH 43074

Delaware Golf Club
3329 Columbus Pike
Delaware, OH 43015

Blackhawk Golf Club
8830 Dustin Rd
Galena, OH 43021

Glenross Golf Course
231 Clubhouse Dr
Delaware, OH 43015

Hidden Valley Golf Course
580 W. William St
Delaware, OH 43015

Mill Creek Golf Club
7250 Penn Rd
Ostrander, OH 43061

Oakhaven Golf Club
2871 U.S. Highway 23 N.
Delaware, OH 43015

Royal American Links
3300 Miller-Paul Rd
Galena, OH 43021

Safari Golf Club
4850 Powell Rd
Powell, OH 43065

Shamrock Golf Club
443 Powell Rd
Powell, OH 43065

Sunbury Golf Course
1349 Golf Course Rd
Galena, OH 43021

Private Golf Courses

Franklin County

Brookside Golf & Country Club
2770 W. Dublin Granville Rd
Columbus, OH 43235

Columbus Country Club
4831 E. Broad St
Columbus, OH 43213

The Country Club at Muirfield Village
8715 Muirfield Dr
Dublin, OH 43017

The Golf Club
4522 Kitzmiller Rd
New Albany, OH 43054

Heritage Golf Club
3525 Heritage Club Dr
Hilliard, OH 43026

Hickory Hills Golf Club
3344 Georgesville-Wrightsville Rd
Grove City, OH 43123

Jefferson Golf and Country Club
7271 Jefferson Meadows Dr
Blacklick, OH 43004

Little Turtle Golf Club
5400 Little Turtle Way
Westerville, OH 43081

Muirfield Village Golf Club
5750 Memorial Dr
Dublin, OH 43017

New Albany Country Club
1 Club Ln
New Albany, OH 43054

Oakhurst Country Club
3223 Norton Rd
Grove City, OH 43123

Ohio State University Golf Club
3605 Tremont Rd
Columbus, OH 43221

Riviera Country Club
8205 Avery Rd
Dublin, OH 4317

Scioto Country Club
2196 Riverside Dr
Columbus, OH 43221

Winding Hollow Country Club
6140 Babbit Rd
New Albany, OH 43054

Worthington Hills Country Club
920 Clubview Dr
Columbus, OH 43235

York Golf Club
7459 N. High St
Columbus, Oh 43235

Delaware County

Double Eagle Club
6025 Cheshire Rd
Galena, OH 43021

Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club
3737 Village Club Dr
Powell, OH 43065

The Lakes Golf and County Club
6740 Worthington Rd
Westerville, OH 43082

Northstar Golf Club
1150 Wilson Rd
Sunbury, OH 43074

The Medallion Club
5000 Club Dr
Westerville, OH 43082

Rattlesnake Ridge Golf Club
1 Rattlesnake Dr
Sunbury, OH 43074

Scioto Reserve Golf Club
7383 Scioto Pkwy
Powell, OH 43065

Tartan Fields Golf Club
8070 Tartan Fields Dr
Dublin, OH 43017

Wedgewood Golf and Country Club
9600 Wedgewood Blvd
Powell, OH 43065