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.
Course at a Glance:
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.
Course at a Glance
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. They can also re-fuel for another round with smoothies, sundaes, shakes, and ice cream sandwiches.
Tri County Golf Ranch's 9-hole, par 3 course challenges golfers of all skill levels with its undulating bentgrass greens, uphill and downhill shots, and multiple tee options. Before rounds, golfers can practice drives and mulligan excuses on the ranch's manicured short-game area and the sizable driving range?which houses 18 heated and covered bays?before hitting the links.
Meadowood Golf Course has an unusual quirk: its lone par 5, No. 8, is not its longest hole. That distinction belongs to the par 4 No. 5, which, at 455 yards, is some 40 yards longer than No. 8 from the back tees. Unsurprisingly, this hole is also the hardest on the 9-hole track. Not one of the other par 4s even reaches 400 yards, and No. 9 is a featherweight 260 so long drivers can take a crack at reaching the final green in a single stroke. Taken altogether, the par 35 course is a relatively short and forgiving spot for beginners to learn to play the game, with one lengthy par 4 that permits them some bragging rights or even the chance to take home a divot to place on the mantelpiece.
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.