Driving Range in Fairfield

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When prolific course designer Arthur Hills designed the original 18 holes at Shaker Run Golf Club in 1979, he bent the fairways and greens around Armco Park Lake, the site's central feature. The resulting layout features voluptuous fairways that hug the waterline, as well as several greens that teeter precipitously on the water's edge. Water hazards enter play 14 times in total, forcing golfers to double check their club choice and steel their nerves before committing to a strategy. An additional 9, dubbed the Meadows course, was added in 1999, bringing the facility to 27 holes on its 20th birthday.

1320 Golf Club Drive
Lebanon,
OH
US

PB Dye designed the 18 executive-style, rye-grass fairways at ClearCreek to focus on golfers’ short games, letting players hit through a faster round while still challenging them with one lake and 11 sand bunkers. Golfers tee off at a choice of four different boxes, driving balls the farthest at the 14th hole—one of two par 4 holes on the course—and maneuvering delicately at the 7th to avoid a bunker and the water that ripples on the backside of the putting green. The practice range’s 22 heated and lighted stalls keep 9-irons warm and cozy, and two Full Swing Golf simulators invite golfers to pretend to tackle the best courses in the world no matter the weather outside. ClearCreek’s pro shop features a Callaway custom fitting center for players seeking a new club and stocks Callaway and Titleist golfing paraphernalia. On Sundays, ClearCreek sells adult beverages at the 15th hole’s twin bunkers, providing adults the liquid courage necessary to face down the course's fire-breathing prairie dogs.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par-56 course

  • Length of 3,028 yards from the farthest set of tees

  • Course rating of 57.0 from the farthest set of tees

  • Slope rating of 87 from the farthest set of tees

  • Four sets of tee boxes

400 Grand Oak Drive
Franklin,
OH
US

Learning how to control the power of a Ferrari or a Lamborghini engine seem like a fantasy to some?but it's a perfectly attainable adrenaline fix at The Motorsport Lab. The Lab's driving experts allow clients to slip behind the wheel of a Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, or other rare and exotic automobile for a once-in-a-lifetime ride.

After explaining the vehicle features and the proper safety protocols, staff members turn over the keys. Drivers can develop a feel for the automobile's speed and cat-like agility while guiding it around a controlled autocross course for several laps. For a truly immersive experience, The Motorsport Lab occasionally rents out its sports cars for weekend-long escapes that let clients travel in style and become the object of envy at any drive-through dry cleaner.

7500 Turfway Rd.
Florence,
KY
US

Sequestered in the rolling hills of Pendleton County, Pendleton Country Club dispatches golfers out across 18 scenic holes. Four of those stops are par 5's, including the lengthy second hole, which stretches a daunting 613 yards from the back tee. Away from the links, golfers can get some practice at an on-site driving range. They can also take a dip in the club's recently renovated pool, or they can stop by one of its lakes to consult the property's fish about a particularly challenging approach shot.

317 Country Club Dr
Butler,
KY
US

At Rollandia Golf Center, players hone their game on a verdant 18-hole course with 2,800 yards of fairways?coached along the way, if they wish, by PGA-certified instructors. Visitors also can focus on their swings at a driving range with heated and covered stalls that is open year-round.

4990 Wilmington Pike
Dayton,
OH
US

At Bluff Creek Golf Course, the club's eponymous creek chuckles quietly across 171 acres of relatively open emerald sweeps and 6,525 yards of fairways and greens. Though much of the course roams across flat terrain, certain holes feature sudden elevation changes, including the par 3 10th, where the green rests at the bottom of a 70-foot drop-off that visually obscures the target from golfers. Forgiving fairways, fast bent-grass greens, and thick heather grasses to ensnare poor shots create the feeling of a classic links-style course. Players must take confident swings to evade the water hazards formed by the creek and nine retention ponds, which come into play on the final eight holes and every screaming match with a catfish.

After rounds, a parade of players leads past startlingly colorful redbud trees to the hilltop clubhouse, which sits at one of the highest points in Johnson County. Frosty glasses sing together, the sound drifting off toward the distant Indianapolis skyline. Bluff Creek Golf Course also peddles a variety of clubs and apparel from other top brands in a pro shop, where guests can schedule lessons with a certified instructor to fix a recurring slice or tendency to yell their social-security number mid swing.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course
  • Length of 6,525 yards from the farthest tees
  • Course rating of 70.8 from the farthest tees
  • Slope rating of 120 from the farthest tees
  • Three tee options
2710 Old State Rd. 37
Greenwood,
IN
US