I haven't played the Hoover Dam course since about 2004, and it is moving way down the list of favorite courses since I have played 400 since then.
*Already played in the past-Columbus, OH- Hoover/Hambrick:This course starts out in the wide open field with a few trees and along the edges of some woods for the front 9. Long-ish, not very technical, with some good hills and if you go off fairway it can be nasty. The back 9 is more wooded, sometimes overgrown with really tight lines and no place to safe but the desired landing zone. A few holes run along a steep drop off down to a creek, if you go down there it can take a few shots and a long time to get back up. Some really blind rough shots, with ivy everywhere and bushes growing out into the fairways. It's not in the shape I recall, and needs some serious work. Some pretty cool signature holes, but overall half is a bit too open and half is a bit too rough, so I don't hold it on a pedestal anymore. (Used to be top 10). Great tees, signs showing pin position and lengths. A must play.
Columbus, OH- Blendon Woods:This is a really old and pay to play course about a mile from the dam course. Very short, to the point I actually drove with 1. A rhyno, sidearm; 2. A tomahawk and 3. Left handed backhand for a 2.
More than half the holes are under 200' and it's a lot of fun, there's good variety and land, a creek and some hills. Can be rough off the edges of a few holes, but so short and easy you shouldn't ever land there. The baskets are brand new, and the tees are good, with signs and scorecards. It's 1.50$ round, 4.50$ day with a tiny pro shop up front.
Columbus, OH- Griggs Reservoir:In the floodplain of a river, with sparse large trees and lush grass, and 2-3 actual woods holes. Most holes you can throw any way you want since there's about 1-6 trees on them, but they have designed lines. River in play, but just barely. Good tees and signs, and it's packed with golfers, most I've seen this year anywhere. Nice but not challenging, good for recreational players and practice.
Columbus, OH- Ohio State U:Probably the best kept and with the best amenities (great tee pads with built in indestructible tee signs, scorecards and a bulletin board) I've seen for a college course. It looks like they put as much $ into it as they do for their other recreational sports on campus, it's about time. It was also packed with student players, parking is severely limited and metered for non-students, but the course is open to be played. Very short again, mostly open with some low ceiling, and the trees are nearly all freshly planted saplings. Lots of road/path/parking lot OB hazards. It winds around a bunch of parking lots on the side of campus, on land that wasn't really used for anything until now. Great course for students to learn on before moving up to the tougher city courses.