I recently helped organize an event held here, and it went great!
The place has recently been remodeled and it was done beautifully. They have a large grand room that overlooks the golf course and multiple rooms on the other side of the building that looks like they were pulled straight from the Moors of Ireland (I have never been there, but if I had a castle there, I would imagine this is what it would look like).
The rooms have large fireplaces, wooden floors, large bars and tables set up, and an overall welcoming feel. It felt more like you were walking through a warm, house (or castle) then what most people would think to be a "snobby" golf club.
The staff was friendly and helpful. They offer Valet, which was amazing since it was especially icy, which never works well when I wear heels. The event planning staff helped us with everything and anything our requests may have needed. We even had a miniature "roast" on someone who was being honored, and a waiter offered to play a part in it!
But onto the more important stuff... the food. Keep in mind we didn't order off the regular menu, instead we had a set meal for over 100 people, and yet it was still delicious (and with large parties, this is sometimes rare). The beginning of the meal involved the typical rolls with the addition of pecan rolls and a large, nice salad. Then came the entree. We served a fillet with shrimp on top, mashed potatoes, and carrots. I am not a huge red meat fan, but this was delicious and tender and oh so mouth watering. The best part of the meal (as usual) was the dessert. We had a dessert buffet filled with crepes being made fresh, ice cream, coffee, mini bite-size desserts, and a chocolate fountain with an array of snacks to dip.
Simply put, food was great, service was great... but since I was not working the event on the financial side (aka having to pay for it) I have no idea how much this big ordeal cost but I have a feeling that for this excellence it cost a pretty penny. But sometimes you get what you pay for, and I had no complaints there.
Scioto Country Club is totally old school. It was founded in 1916, just before the city of Upper Arlington was incorporated. I am not a member, but have had the opportunity to eat meals here or use the facilities off and on over the past 10 or 12 years- and I quite like it! I married into a family who grew up going to this club and many of our friends have connections as well.
I must admit I get a chuckle out of the fact that SO many members (and "wanna be" members) view Scioto as the center of the universe. I don't take it too seriously. On the other hand, I also take scathing criticisms of Scioto Country Club with a grain of salt. Its Donald Ross golf course is often ranked among the top 100 courses in the country. Not to mention, Bobby Jones golfed here and Jack Nicklaus honed his skills at SCC. How could one not appreciate that tidbit of sports history?
As for my own personal rating, let's just say it falls somewhere in between 3 and 4 stars... I never felt overwhelmed or intimidated by Scioto Country Club. Frankly, I've been to a lot swankier clubs, where the facilities are terribly posh and members are far snobbier, so I guess the experience is all relative.
I've had numerous holiday meals, brunches and buffets here and find the food to be top notch. Never a bad meal and from what I recall, reasonably priced (if you don't count the atrocious membership fees). I couldn't justify spending the type of money it requires to be a member here, but it could be a neat place to to have access to- if you can afford it.
Either way, Columbus is fortunate to have such a nice, storied country club in it's city limits, but Scioto certainly is not the center of the universe.
Let me just say that if you're paying as much as you are per year to be a member of this fine establishment then you should be able to request a towel prior to 11 AM (ie....whenever the heck you need it!). ESPECIALLY when there is a gleaming white stack of them behind the counter just fresh from the dryer. Ridiculous.
I'll write a more positive review when I have a more positive experience. Right now, I'm far too dumbfounded.