The Golf Club at Little Turtle is a challenging, links style golf course that winds its way through the Little Turtle community. Designed by world renowned architect Pete Dye, the course boasts tight fairways and fast, well-manicured greens as well as water hazards and treacherous bunkers.
Completed in 1971, Little Turtle was named after the Miami Native American leader, Chief Mishikinakwa, “Little Turtle.” The Club’s founders believed Chief Little Turtle embodied ideals worth emulating and honoring.
The original partners were Connecticut General Ins Co., W. Lyman Case Co., and M I Builders (now M/I Homes). The ownership group retained the finest professionals in the country to design the clubhouse and community. Schwab and Twitty of West Palm Beach, Florida designed the clubhouse, and of course Pete Dye was retained to design and build the golf course.
Numerous scholarly accounts recognize Chief Little Turtle as one of the most influential figures to grace the eighteenth century American frontier. His accolades include a brilliant career as a military strategist and he was a confidant to three American presidents. Chief Little Turtle guided all the Ohio Valley tribes during the aggressive encroachment by American settlers into Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. In August of 1795, he unsuccessfully attempted to discourage the Shawnee attack on General Anthony Wayne at Fallen Timbers near Fort Defiance. The result was a devastating defeat of the tribes in the northwest frontier. Shortly before the Battle of Fallen Timbers, the Treaty of Greenville was signed and the Native American way of life virtually closed in America.
In our Ohio Statehouse Rotunda, a twenty-two foot painting hangs depicting Chief Little Turtle agreeing to the Treaty of Greenville. Historically, the painting is considered priceless. Like Chief Mishikinakwa, Little Turtle Country Club has always fostered friendship, competition and mutual respect among its members. We remember and continue to honor our namesake and heritage.