The Ohio Burgee is the official flag of the State of Ohio. This swallow-tail flag is the only non-rectangular US state flag. For nearly the first 100 years as a state, Ohio did not have an official flag. It wasn't until 1901 that John Eisenmann designed the flag for the Pan-American Exposition. The flag was officially adopted as the official flag of the State of Ohio in 1902.
The design of the flag is defined in the Ohio Revised Code, section 5.01: The flag of the state shall be burgee-shaped. It shall have three red and two white horizontal stripes that represent the roads and waterways of the state. The union of the flag shall be seventeen five-pointed stars, white in a blue triangular field that represents the state's hills and valleys, the base of which shall be the staff end or vertical edge of the flag, and the apex of which shall be the center of the middle red stripe. The thirteen stars grouped around the "O" represent the original states of the United States and the four stars added to the peak of the triangle symbolize that Ohio was the seventeenth state admitted to the union. The "O" represents the "O" on "Ohio" and suggests the state's nickname, the buckeye state...
The turf staff recently painted the Ohio Burgee on #1 hillside, visible to golfers and those driving by. In the coming days, the Beavercreek logo will be added to the hillside below the Ohio Burgee. These logos will be touched-up regularly and maintained throughout much of the season. The turf staff hopes that you enjoy seeing these logos on the course and that you find the history of the Ohio flag to be intriguing.