Out on the first tee at Arrowhead Golf Club, players stand on the precipice of an 18-hole gauntlet formed by heavily wooded fairways, green-guarding bunkers, and hero-minting water carries. One make-or-break shot arrives as early as the second hole’s approach shot, where anything short of the peninsula green lands in the water, anything long winds up among the evergreens, and anything too high disintegrates upon atmospheric reentry. The premium on strategic shot-making exists throughout the rest of the course as well, most notably on the 200-yard tee shot on the par 10th, the treacherous carry over the sand moat on the 15th green, and around the severe dogleg turn on 16. Upon successful completion of their round, players can dine in the club’s grillroom, where they’ll find a menu stuffed with appetizers, sandwiches, and cold drinks.
Course at a Glance:
Sushi on the Roll Sushi on the Roll's adroit chefs carefully wrap vinegar-sprinkled rice, nori, and fresh seafood into creations that won the restaurant Best Sushi on the 2010 Fox 8 Akron-Canton Hot List. Classic maki favorites such as an eel or salmon roll satisfy piscine cravings, and spicy rolls such as the Moffa, layered with spicy tuna and shrimp tempura, work their pleasing pyromancy on palates. The eatery's chefs also host periodic hands-on Sushi 101 classes, which divulge the secrets of making nigiri and maki rolls as well as how to grab a good night's sleep by stuffing pillows with perfectly fluffy rice.
Vernon's Café hosts feasts of classic Italian and American dishes in a warm family atmosphere. The dinner menu is populated with hearty starters such as the steamed mussels in a white-wine-garlic-butter sauce ($7) and a selection of fresh salads ($6.50–$10.50). Try the veal marsala ($17.50)—veal medallions sautéed with marsala wine and mushrooms—or entertain the handmade jumbo cheese ravioli which, like eccentric Italian uncles, are always stuffed with ricotta and spinach and bathed in a meatball-tomato sauce ($11). The lunch menu lights flavor flares with well-seasoned plates such as a bruschetta gamberetto caprese of chopped shrimp on tuscan bread with marinated tomatoes, basil, and olive oil ($8). Forge a peace treaty over a harmonious dish of cavatelli and sausage in a classic tomato sauce ($7.50) or delight enemies with a declaration of war folded in the ciabatta bun of a chargrilled chicken sandwich with roasted peppers and provolone ($7.50).
Yorktown Lanes boasts 40 lanes, each of which is equipped with automatic scoring systems. Just beyond the lanes' edge, a lineup of colorful vinyl chairs adds a touch of vintage class. And inside the newly renovated bar onsite, bartenders liberally pour spirits, draft brews, and other fine beverages. The alley also hosts birthday bowling parties in one of two private rooms, including a banquet hall that can host wedding receptions or graduate seminars on the difference between duckpins and regular bowling pins.
Brennan's Catering fuels office parties and holiday hoedowns across northeast Ohio with a diverse menu of dishes. Fifteen plump dinner rolls stuffed with honey-roasted ham, smoked turkey, and roast beef huddle on the mini sandwich platter ($35), and the jumbo-shrimp cocktail platter washes 30 pristine prawns with fresh, cleansing lemon wedges in a tub of spicy homemade sauce ($40). Steal some warmth from the toasty pairing of boneless lemon-pepper chicken ($60) and piping-hot potato and cheese pierogies ($40), each of which can fill 15–20 stomachs when scooped out of their snug aluminum bunks.