The fairways at Deer Run Country Club beckon golfers along an immaculately crosshatched carpet of plush bent grass. Whittled from a rolling blanket of forest by architect Mike Macke, the 18-hole course forms a heart-shaped patch surrounding several arteries of pristine residential streets and five ponds lurking in wait. After building up an appetite while hacking out of the rough and taking in the beauteous Ohio River Valley setting, players can fill up on wings, pizzas, and half-pound burgers at the Fairway Grill.
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Family fun constantly unfolds at General Custers Golf & Gulp, where mini-golfers putt past obstacles on two different 18-hole courses. Along the way, they cross paths with quirky sea creatures, characters from pop culture, and a large, wooden pirate ship, a sight that is usually only spotted in the ocean or the bathtubs of billionaires. Away from the courses, visitors can trade their clubs for spoons and dig into nearly 40 flavors of ice cream, or visit the newly opened bungee trampoline jumper. They can also re-fuel for another round with smoothies, sundaes, shakes, and ice cream sandwiches.
Beech Creek’s course blankets the rolling Ohio countryside with more than 5,400 yards of player-friendly fairways and greens. The relatively short layout welcomes novice golfers, while more experienced aces and tape-measure enthusiasts flaunt their length off the tee on three par 5s that measure at least 550 yards.
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Led by Golf Range?s Top 50 Golf Instructor Ralph Landrum, World of Golf?s staff of game-improvement gurus help players lower their golf scores with an array of golf-related activities. Private lessons conducted inside a climate-controlled swing room allow students to launch golf balls out onto the range while four cameras capture bad habits such as flat takeaways or saying ?um? too much during their follow-through. Afterward, players can use their instructor?s pointers to build muscle memory on the rest of the complex?s practice facilities, which include an outdoor range with 24 mat tees and two sets of grass tees, indoor hitting nets with eight stalls, and an indoor putting and chipping green.
As soon as golfers feel they?ve practiced enough, they put their newfound knowledge to the test on the executive 18-hole golf course, with 14 par 3s and four par 4s, or the miniature golf course. When weather renders either course unplayable, thwackers move indoors to the golf simulator, which recreates the look and feel of more than 50 courses or a hodgepodge of 18 famous holes but without the extremely long between-hole travel times. World of Golf keeps a busy schedule of lessons, classes, and leagues, all of which can be found on the calendar.
Golf Exchange's swing analysts help players lower handicaps by diagnosing mechanical inefficiencies and custom-fitting their equipment. Using state-of-the-art TrackMan technology, club fitters spend 45–60 minutes matching patrons with compatible clubs based on shaft type, grip type, and opinions regarding 1950s bebop. After obtaining new iron oars, the TrackMan system studies clubs in the act of swinging, identifying problematic approaches and fine-tuning club speed. Armed with heightened ball-whacking wisdom, golfers can use $75 toward the purchase of irons and $75 toward the purchase of drivers, allowing for precision swings through Ohio's snowcapped mountain ranges.
Colonial Pines Golf Club’s 18-hole course blankets 127 acres of tranquil Ohio Valley farmland for 5,966 yards of rolling hills and imposing hardwoods. Golfers traverse the par 70 layout on the backs of motorized carts or caddies hoping to improve their piggyback-ride form, steering balls away from a menagerie of hazards, including mounds topped with swaying heathers, woodsy thickets, and six lakes spanning 11 acres. The first tee shot aptly foreshadows a round in which avoiding water hazards and ingratiating oneself to ball-stealing fish will be critical, as drives must cross a pond that runs from the tee box to the beginning of the fairway.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Length of 5,966 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 68.3 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 117 from the farthest tees * Three tee options * Link to scorecard