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Is Ohio America's true golf mecca? One columnist makes his case. (golfweek.usatoday.com)

Is Ohio America's true golf mecca? One columnist makes his case.

If Florida and the Carolinas are golf magnets, Ohio is a golf mecca. It beckons worshipers to come join a near-religious experience found in the flatlands, hills and valleys of the Buckeye State.

In the south, golf is a commodity. Ditto for Texas and Arizona. You leave here and go there, paying vacation money to escape the cold and gray. But in Ohio the game goes deeper, signaling rebirth as winter melts into spring and spring warms into summer. It just means more.

As Upper Arlington native Jack Nicklaus described it before the 2019 Memorial Tournament: “I was blessed to be a Buckeye.”

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