Washington Golf Course is the highlight of Cleveland Metroparks Washington
Reservation in the cities of Newburgh Heights and Cleveland. The beautiful
9-hole, par 29 golf course and 30-station driving range was designed by Brit
Stenson of International Marketing Group (IMG) located in Cleveland.
by The First Tee of Cleveland, and managed by Cleveland Metroparks, the course
opened in the spring of 2006. The First Tee of Cleveland Inc., formed in 1999,
is an official chapter of The First Tee, a national initiative that promotes
youth character development and life enhancing values through the game of golf.
Find out more about for The First Tee of Cleveland youth programs
and how to volunteer.
Washington Golf Course also represents a unique collaboration with the City
of Cleveland and Cleveland Municipal School District, through partnership with
Washington Park Horticulture Center. The horticulture center offers curriculum
in turf management, animal care, greenhouse production, landscape mechanics, and
floral design providing opportunities for high school students to develop career
Washington Golf Course is designated as an Audubon International Certified
Gold Signature Sanctuary through the Audubon International Signature Program
recognizing the high quality of environmental stewardship reflected in the golf
course design and maintenance. Signature certification is awarded only to new
developments that are designed, constructed and maintained according to Audubon
International's precise planning standards and environmental disciplines. The
focus of the Signature Program is to promote sound land management practices and
appropriate land use changes based on sound scientific research.
By earning the Gold Signature, Washington Golf Course achieved several
- First 9-hole Certified Gold Signature Sanctuary golf course
in the world
- First Certified Gold Signature Sanctuary in Ohio
- First publicly-owned facility to be Certified Gold
- First First Tee project to be Certified Gold Signature
The certification also ranks Washington Golf Course as the ninth Certified
Gold Signature Sanctuary golf course in the United States and
10th in the world and overall, the 14th Certified Gold
Signature Sanctuary in the U.S. and 15th in the world. In addition, it is the
third Certified Signature Sanctuary overall in Ohio.