The first 18-hole course ever designed by legendary architect Pete Dye, Maple Creek Golf and Country Club's challenging course layout unfurls across 6,633 yards of tree-lined, water-kissed topography. The club's driving range is an expansive tract that absorbs players' practice shots as they prepare for the fast-starting course where the second hole is the most difficult and most willing to throw a tantrum. Babbling streams and rippling ponds add to the scenery of the pristine par 72 course, threatening the life force of ill-struck orbs on as many as 11 holes. Class-A PGA pro Jim Grossi roams the verdant valley, shoring up swings in lessons, on a never-ending mission to appease his golf mentor, who was half golf cart.
The flowing waters of the Maumee River gird the northernmost fairways of River City Links' 18-hole putting course, inviting misaimed golf balls to plop alongside the aquatic artery’s cargo ships floating to Lake Erie. The waterway nestles alongside the course without cutting through it, enabling the course to maintain its straightforward layout. This, in turn, lets golfers focus on the fundamentals of their game without the distraction of elaborate hazards such as lava pits and ball-eating goats. After a relaxing day on the course, players can lounge on the clubhouse’s white wraparound deck and look out over the river, listening to the breeze that whispers through the weeping willows.
Thunderbolt Pass Golf Course offers a range of holes that vary in difficulty and remain open all year. Load up into new Club Car Precedent carts for a tour around the 18-hole course, dubbed the Thunder course. As players make their way along the 18-hole loop, they can take scoring advantage of the numerous short par 4s, but must demonstrate control on the par 3s if they want to post a low score.
18-Hole Course at a Glance:
As a member of the U.S. Golf Association, both of GolfTEC's golf tech centers are staffed by experienced PGA golfing professionals and computers who’ve been programmed in compliance with the Three Laws of Golfing Robotics, particularly the First (a robot must not move the ball from where it lies or, through inaction, allow a ball to be moved). Motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor your swing and break down your form on a high-definition video display. GolfTEC’s PGA specialists will then point out flaws, emphasize strengths, and coach you on how to permanently improve your game from tee to green. Their sensors will chirp with approval when you finally execute a perfect stroke or crack an especially witty putting pun.
Salt Creek Golf Retreat's spacious swath hosts 18 challenging golf holes with an overall par of 71. Mounted astride their GPS-equipped rolling steeds, heroes will zigzag across Salt Creek seven times as they chase the elusive dream of a perfect plaid outfit across 18 greens, zinging dimpled enemy spheres across sparkling lakes, white sand bunkers, and—hopefully—into small dark holes (a $34.50–$44.50 value/person). After besting a bevy of balls, players can retire to the clubhouse to feast on a lunch of a hot dog, soda, and chips (a $6 value/person) while eye-eating Salt Creek's scenic greensward, which borders the lush forests of noted photo-bait Brown County State Park. Today's deal also keeps quadruplets in the loop—fraternal foursomes can procure fairway togetherness by purchasing two Groupons.
Immaculate bent-grass tee boxes, fairways, and tees stretch across 6,507 yards of pristine woodland terrain at Wood Wind Golf Club's 18-hole course. The picturesque par 71 throws down a gauntlet of challenges across its emerald acres, with water hazards on 15 holes and a king's guard of 82 bunkers hugging the edges of fairways and butterfly-kissing well-fortified greens.
All of the course's considerable obstacles await at the memorable 14th hole, a par three where players must send tee shots somersaulting over an elongated pond to reach a shallow green buttressed on all sides by rippling waters, two backside bunkers, and a vanguard of feral windmills closing in from the nearest mini golf course. A relatively difficult course when played from the tips, the grassy monolith caters to golfers of all abilities with four sets of tees.
Anchored by a staff of PGA–certified aces, Wood Wind Golf Club's teaching academy fosters pin-hunting prowess with deft instruction and the latest in golf technology. The club's lavish banquet facilities also provide a spacious and scenic venue to host wedding receptions or parties celebrating the birthday of golfers' favorite club-head covers.
Course at a Glance:
* 18-hole, par 71 course
* Bent-grass tees, fairways, and greens
* Length of 6,507 yards from the farthest tees
* Course rating of 71.5 from the farthest tees
* Slope rating of 130 from the farthest tees
* Four tee options