The Oak Harbor Golf Club's 6,493-yard course protrudes into an oxbow on the Portage River, pairing scenic views and cool breezes with an ever-present supply of water hazards and small greens. Along the front nine, players patrol tree-lined fairways dotted by small ponds and bisected by a marshy brook that requires calculated drives and sharp wit to solve riddles proposed by retired caddies turned bridge trolls. The back nine meanders out onto a narrow neck of land within the oxbow and wraps golfers in panoramic views of the river.
Off the course, golfers can bogey-proof their swings with a practice session at the grass-tee driving range or a lesson with PGA–certified instructor Matthew Jennings. After a day filled with aggressive drives, players can relax at Baldy's Roost, which serves a menu of sandwiches, wraps, and salads most enjoyed when eaten with polished divot tools.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,493 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 71.1 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 121 from the farthest tees * Six tee options * Scorecard
Originally sculpted into the landscape in 1958, Green Hills Golf Course winds through 5,933 yards of smoothly rolling terrain bordered by clusters of mature arbors. To compensate for its relatively short length, the 18-hole course catches clubbers off-guard with strategically placed ponds, subtle slopes, and self-destructing yardage markers. Each round takes spiky-shoed golfers gliding around tranquil ponds and past rippling creeks, which add to the course’s shot-impeding obstacles. A nine-hole par 3 executive course stretches out alongside the full-length monolith, beckoning to greenhorns, youngsters, and experienced pin-hunters still seeking their first hole-in-one. A driving range, practice green, and full regimen of golf clinics nurse withering swings back to life, while the onsite restaurant fuels muscles and carnivorous golf carts with all-beef hot dogs and other savory grill fare.
The satisfying rattle of golf balls falling into cups soundtracks rounds at Perry Falls Miniature Golf Course, an 18-hole putters circuit that emulates a scaled-down, resort-style course. Placid streams, fountains, waterfalls, and tidal waves run throughout the par 40 course, setting a tranquil tone as golfers stand over tricky putts. Bereft of the windmills and loopty-loop gimmicks that populate most putt-putt layouts, Perry Falls challenges golfers with water hazards that come into the field of play on most holes. The course is open from 3 p.m. to dark on weekdays and noon to dark on weekends in May, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. June to August, but closes in the event of rain or golf-ball mutiny.
Woods and water are prominent features at Fallen Timbers Fairways, calling upon golfers to keep a proverbial short leash on their shots as they navigate the 18-hole course. Nine ponds and a medley of ancient trees and strategically planted saplings cover the grounds, ready to catch errant shots in their leafy embrace and raise them as acorns. To prepare for a round on the emerald tapestry, golfers can warm up swings at the all-grass driving range and practice green, or head to the Bar & Grill to fuel up with casual food and drinks.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-70 course * Total length of 6,132 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 69.4 from the back tees * Course slope of 113 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole
Rolling hills and more than 1,000 pine trees cover the nearly 7,000-yard setup of White Pines Golf Course. The trees mostly stay out of the way of duffers' shots, but two waste bunkers and five ponds don't make the same promise. To help golfers avoid these hazards, White Pines offers a practice driving range, along with a practice green.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,850 yards from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole
The 18-hole course at The Golf Club of Bucyrus fans out over a rolling expanse of leafy terrain that’s home to ravines, lakes, and one winding river. Originally established by a group of local businessmen in 1925, it remained a nine-hole course for nearly 70 years, until architect Barry Serrafin wove nine more holes into the mix in 1992. After finishing a round and the ceremonial cutting down of the 18th pin flag, players can set down their sticks and head to the Bogey Grill, where they’ll find a stocked bar and a back porch set up with dining tables and rocking chairs.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,773 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 74.1 from the back tees * Course slope of 139 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard