Guided by a team of customer-service professionals with a passionate drive for the game, Golf Headquarters provides stroke-shaving tips, tricks, and equipment in an amply stocked emporium. Whether guests are experienced par-smiths or neophyte tee-wielders, custom-fitted clubs help improve short and long links-sessions, while boosting player comfort. Once trained to your touch, test clubs' fine-tuning at Golf Headquarters' indoor driving area and putting green. Play-enhancing results can include lowered handicaps, increased accuracy, and fewer pretzel-bent irons tossed into course water hazards.
For 50 years, linksmen have surveyed the ins and outs of the nine-hole, par-36 design of Hidden Oaks Golf Course. After getting in the groove on the practice grounds and new driving range, stick wielders venture through the course's 100 acres of wooded vistas, filling the cups of par 3, 4, and 5 holes.
Golfers forage for pars and birdies among well maintained fairways and pesky rough as they make their way through a round at Valley Golf Club. The club's nine-hole layout leads players past a smattering of trees that divide fairways and a few small ponds, but not a single bunker for scrawling thank-you notes to course superintendents. The course's short length makes it accessible to all levels of golfer, whether seasoned veterans working on short game fundamentals or beginners still learning the basics.
Sling a quiver of nine-iron bows and dimpled, spherical arrows over your shoulder and hit the 18-hole New Castle Country Club Course for a game of golf (a $100 value). Designed by famed course designer A. W. Tillinghast and built in 1923, the 6,600-yard course, easily traversed by your included golf cart ($25), offers ample opportunity for both exhilarating eagles and disappointing duffs. Walter-Hagens-in-training will refuel with a boxed lunch of ham or turkey croissants with snacks and drink ($10), and rue that shank on the 14th hole at the locker room, driving range, or bag service area ($15 value for use of all three). If you care to sip on some alcoholic refreshment, those alongside other menu items are available for separate purchase. Put on your favorite tam o'shanter and hit the links at New Castle Country Club for a round of the thinking man's polo.
Stop N Sock's owners have transformed their corner of New Brighton into a family-friendly labyrinth of golf-inspired games. Their expansive outdoor facility—with 43 acres of rolling greens—allows adults and kids to putt and ricochet balls around the 18-hole golf course lined with trees, shrubs, and spouting fountains, or toss tiny saucers into metal baskets at disc golf. With short links and wide fairways, their pitch-and-putt course lets kids develop interest in golf, and challenges experienced club swingers to hone their short game. Stop N Sock's driving range, however, gives everyone the opportunity to work on their long game, with 27 stations equipped with grass practice areas and automatic ball dispensers. To mix it up, the golf-centric center's batting cages lets individuals solidify their stance, perfect their focus, and keep the rust and barnacles off their swing.
Stretched across nearly 6,000 yards in Kent, KSU's 18-hole, par 70 course features slick greens and quick playability, meaning golfers can easily fit rounds into their schedules. In 2014, the course experienced several upgrades. Its clubhouse was renovated, its practice green was expanded, and course-side trees were removed after posting notices of eviction to their bark didn't work. The effort primed the property not only for high-quality rounds of golf, but also for games of footgolf?a sport that fuses elements of soccer and golf.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total of 5,810 yards * Four sets of tees per hole * Course rating of 66.3 from the tips * Course slope of 113 from the tips * Scorecard