Tiretown Golf Club celebrates new home at Akron’s Good Park course

Judi Hill, president of the Akron branch of the NAACP, and Ralph Paulk, president of Tiretown Golf Club, talk Saturday morning at Akron's Good Park Golf Course.

The largest predominantly African American golf club in the United States now has its official home in Akron.

Tiretown Golf Club and Tiretown Golf Charities can now call the 180-acre JE Good Park Golf Course its home course.

That marks a major milestone for the 72-year-old golf club that draws its 180 or so members from the Akron area and whose history includes playing at city-owned Good Park. It was one of only two golf courses in Northeast Ohio at the time of the club’s founding in 1950 where Black golfers could play. The other course at the time was Ridge Top Golf Course in Medina.

Saturday morning celebration

The membership celebrated Saturday morning at the course in beautiful, sunny and cool weather with speeches and the unveiling of a new plaque that will be installed near the No. 3 tee, and with photos and other memorabilia displayed in the clubhouse. Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, Akron NAACP President Judi Hill and others attended and spoke.

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