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Private Firestone Country Club Unveils Non-Member Stay-and-Play Packages

Tradition-Rich Club Invites Guests to Walk in the Footsteps of Golf's Greatest Champions

By Brian Weis

Firestone Country Club, renowned as one of North America's most historic venues for championship golf, is now allowing an exclusive opportunity for non-members to reserve a limited number of stay-and-play packages and experience its celebrated on- and off-course offerings.

Since the 1950s, the club and its famed South Course has annually hosted the biggest names in professional golf. In addition to being site of three PGA Championships, Firestone was the long-time venue for the PGA TOUR's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and its predecessor, the World Series of Golf. It currently hosts the Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, being held this week and televised on Golf Channel.

One-, two- and three-night packages are now available with prices starting at $595 that include lodging and golf. More information can be found here. Packages feature play on the aforementioned South Course, which is highlighted by the famed 667-yard par-5 16th hole (famously dubbed "The Monster" by Arnold Palmer after he recorded a triple bogey during the 1960 PGA Championship); the Robert Trent Jones-designed North Course; and the Tom Fazio-designed West Course.

Accommodation options are villa-style suites bordering the golf courses or recently updated dormitory rooms above the clubhouse and adjacent to the club's iconic water tower. Dining is available at three on-property establishments, including the clubhouse's 1929 Grille & Legacy Pavilion and 55th Hole Bar, both of which offer open-air dining and golf course views.

"Nearly every legend in modern golf has been crowned a champion at Firestone Country Club, names like Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Greg Norman and Tom Watson," says Jay Walkinshaw, general manager. "We're excited to now offer non-members the opportunity to play our 54 challenging, scenic holes and enjoy our club's warm, welcoming hospitality."

The South Course has been especially well-liked by the two greatest players of the last 60 years, Nicklaus and Woods. The Golden Bear played in his very first PGA TOUR event at Firestone, the 1958 Rubber City Open, and won seven titles there as a professional, including the 1975 PGA Championship. Woods won the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational eight times, including a remarkable seven in an 11- year span from 1999-2009.

Firestone is conveniently located only 45 minutes from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and less than 15 from Akron-Canton Airport. It is also within easy driving distance of other major metropolitan areas like Columbus, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Detroit. Recent research from the National Golf Foundation shows some 75% of golfers are willing to drive more than four hours to reach their 2020 golf getaway. Nearby off-course attractions include the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton and the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, making it especially ideal for buddy trips.

To book or for more information, please visit or call 330.245.3280. New national membership options are also available, and non-members are invited to inquire about hosting special events, meetings and weddings.

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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