Rye grass fairways give way to slick, bent-grass greens to form a par-71 layout at National Road Golf Course that has challenged the birdie-hunting mettle of golfers since 1995. Designed by Ed Tonti, the course plays to 5,312 yards from the tips, ample distance to have golfers reaching for their driver or strapping their golf ball to rockets on certain holes. Before rounds, players can warm up their swings at the driving range and a putting green, both near a snack bar that dishes out food and refreshments to fuel long days on the course. National Road Golf Course also has an indoor simulated course for golfers to practice at during the off-season.
Ables Golf on Avery doesn't let the seasons dictate business. Players can improve their skills year-round thanks to 30 covered and heated tees, and, during warmer months, aim for the dozen target greens while swinging across two acres of grass tees. Even with these expansive driving-range areas, Ables doesn't neglect the short game. The facility also boasts a tournament-quality putting green, a pair of pitching greens, and a nicely landscaped 18-hole miniature golf course that's ideal for family outings, younger children, and training baby golf carts. As an added bonus, PGA and LPGA instructors are also available on site for group and private lessons.
Little Bear Golf Club challenges golfers to part with the traditional 9- or 18-hole course paradigm and try their hand at conquering a 10-hole, par 30 layout. With a front and back five that can each be completed in about 40 minutes, the course caters to those who would like to squeeze in a round during their lunch break or set the record for most rounds played during a solar eclipse. Though short in time commitment, the course doesn't scrimp on hazards, as it is strewn with 22 sand traps, more than 1,000 trees, three lakes, and a stone waterfall. Instead of natural turf, players take shots off hybrid grass, which looks and plays just like the real thing but needn't be watered, fertilized, or fine-tooth-combed like traditional grasses. As a bonus to the 10-hole loop, players may also take a shot at the island green of an 11th hole, an homage to the famous 17th hole at the TPC Sawgrass course in Florida. Course at a Glance:
Designed by renowned golf-course architect Arthur Hills, the 18-hole Kinsale Golf Course features smooth fairways, lush rough, and greens fortified with surface-to-ball defense lasers. Central Ohio’s largest irrigation system ensures that the course is maintained and moisturized like Mother Nature fresh from a day-spa visit. A balanced layout proves challenges to experienced club-swingers while remaining accessible for beginning ball-propellers. Between holes nine and 10, use a food voucher at the concession stand for a quick lunch of a hot dog, chips, and a soda or water.
Floodlights replace the sun during nightfall at Four Seasons Golf and Ski Center, keeping the miniature golf courses and batting cages aglow for nighttime visitors. During the summer, guests can wind through miniature fairways that incorporate small-scale replicas of The Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls, and the world's smallest caddies. During the winter, Four Seasons’ slopes welcome copious amounts of snow to facilitate skiing, snowboarding, and snowtubing. The newly renovated facility also hosts a game room and specialty ice cream shop.
Columbus State Community College’s picturesque Bridgeview course challenges golfers of all skill levels with a par-36, nine-hole arrangement of grassy slopes. Cart-transported rod-swingers can chase dimpled balls through Bridgeview's well-maintained fairways, grass-skirt roughs, and bentgrass greens nestled alongside the serene banks of Alum Creek. To shoot close to the course's par-36 rating, clubbers will have to avoid water hazards and sand bunkers with strictly precise and calculated strokes or bribing the bunkers beforehand. Though not included in this Groupon, golfers can calibrate swings at one of 30 heated and sheltered practice tees located in Bridgeview Golf's driving range.