In 1960, what is now Dragon Ranch Golf Club opened for the first time as Midway 9-Hole Golf Club and Range.
A decade later, the back 9 was finished and the course renamed Deer Track Golf Club. The full 18-hole course, designed by Tony Dulio, quickly became a Northeast Ohio landmark as one of the most unique and enjoyable courses on Cleveland’s westside. Measuring 6,352 yards from the longest set of tees, this par 70-course offers a challenge for all level of players.
Alongside the great design was the attention to detail that Deer Track became synonymous with for many years. Precisely manicured greens, well-kept fairways and lush rough throughout the entire course became a staple of Deer Track in the last 20th century.
In 2005, local businessman and automotive icon, Ed Mullinax, purchased Deer Track Golf Club. Ed immediately made an impact at Deer Track Golf Club by tearing down the old clubhouse and building a brand new clubhouse complete with a pro shop, snack bar, restaurant, meeting room and a picturesque patio to relax after a round of golf.
After the construction of the new clubhouse finished, the course was renamed Dragon Ranch Golf Club. A local favorite for many years now sported a new name alongside its much improved facility – one of the best in the area.
As the cost of producing golf rose alongside the recession of the 2000’s, many golf courses across the nation struggled to remain afloat. Like many other courses, Dragon Ranch curbed spending over the following years. The course never closed, although conditions did take a step back for a time.
Today, Dragon Ranch Golf Club is managed and operated by Fairways Golf, a local golf management company based in Columbia Station, Ohio. “It is an exciting time to be a part of Dragon Ranch Golf Club and this community,” explained Jonathan Palmer, President of Fairways Golf. “There is some work to be done on the course, but we have the resources to improve the course, inside and out, over the coming months and years. I’m really looking forward to doing everything we can to make this course the best it has ever been.”
The future is bright at Dragon Ranch Golf Club.
Stay tuned for the next chapter in Dragon Ranch Golf Club’s history as a Greater Cleveland landmark of friends, fun and more.