Westchester Golf Course's lush landscape and sophisticated design set the stage for an exciting game that’ll make you feel as if you’re in the Scottish highlands without the haggis. The par 72 course features six lakes, more than 75 bunkers, bentgrass tees, and a 10,000-square-foot putting green to challenge all skill levels and accommodate all practice needs. The course was designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan, ASGCA, and boasts a rating of 73.6 and a slope rating of 128 from the championship tees. Because a golf cart will also be included in your game, you'll enjoy a relaxing roundabout while staying out of the sun and easily skirting ominous shadows. While at Westchester, you may also want to peruse the impressively stocked Pro Shop or recharge with a hot dog or sandwich from the on-site snack bar.
Tucked into the rolling hillsides of Johnstown, The Links at Echo Springs is equal parts pretty and challenging. Fairways lined with mature hardwood forests skirt streams and ponds. Off the course, there’s a fully stocked pro shop, a driving range with a PGA staff available for lessons, and a bar and grill waiting to serve up celebratory hamburgers. Click here to see a scorecard and read the course guidelines.
The course at High Lands Golf Club challenges visitors with 6,599 yards of tight lies, concealed obstacles, and fairway trees extending their unlucky limbs into players’ sightlines. Tree-lined fairways and immaculate greens yield some scenic vistas for players bashing orbs along the course’s serpentine length. The signature third hole starts players off from an elevated tee shot that must stay out of the out-of-bounds area on the left, but not drift too far right, where clearing the wooded ravine on the second shot would become impossible. The next shot onto the elevated green is made difficult by the black walnut tree guarding the green, making for an altogether difficult run at par. Toward the end of the round, players must face a gauntlet of obstacles on holes 16, 17, and 18 before heading in for the day. Named the “Bermuda Triangle” for the architect’s tendency to incorporate treacherous waterways and affinity for Bermuda shorts, hole 16 challenges golfers with difficult lies, slippery putts, and water hazards that loom large.
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From its upstairs perch in the club house, Vito’s patio offers a panoramic view of the course’s 18th green so that you can witness impressive birdies and amusing putter-flinging meltdowns while sampling the Old Country–influenced menu. Tee off with appetizers such as the three-onion dip ($6.59), calamari parma ($7.99), and zucchini frito ($6.99), or munch one of 11 pre-determined, gourmet, Sicilian pizza pies. “Sangwiches” include the meataballa ($7.59) and grande hot Sicilian ($8.99), while paninis include chicken gorgonzola ($7.99) and roasted turkey ($7.99). For heartier fare, twirl a fork into pastas such as the blackened salmon with angel hair ($14.99) and penne al forno ($7.99, large $11.99), or drive one down the fairway with a house specialty such as the steak Vito ($12.99) or grilled salmon putanesca ($13.99).
Floodlights replace the sun during nightfall at Four Seasons Golf and Ski Center, keeping the miniature golf courses and batting cages aglow for nighttime visitors. During the summer, guests can wind through miniature fairways that incorporate small-scale replicas of The Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls, and the world's smallest caddies. During the winter, Four Seasons’ slopes welcome copious amounts of snow to facilitate skiing, snowboarding, and snowtubing. The newly renovated facility also hosts a game room and specialty ice cream shop.
Columbus State Community College’s picturesque Bridgeview course challenges golfers of all skill levels with a par-36, nine-hole arrangement of grassy slopes. Cart-transported rod-swingers can chase dimpled balls through Bridgeview's well-maintained fairways, grass-skirt roughs, and bentgrass greens nestled alongside the serene banks of Alum Creek. To shoot close to the course's par-36 rating, clubbers will have to avoid water hazards and sand bunkers with strictly precise and calculated strokes or bribing the bunkers beforehand. Though not included in this Groupon, golfers can calibrate swings at one of 30 heated and sheltered practice tees located in Bridgeview Golf's driving range.