The culinary wunderkinds at Allegheny Hills Golf Course Restaurant greet golfers fresh off the links with tasty American favorites. Forks sink faster than concrete submarines into the buffalo-chicken salad with mixed greens and drizzles of blue-cheese dressing ($7.25), and taste buds can hop aboard a triple-decker turkey club with bacon, lettuce, and tomato ($5.95). Fingers clasp around crisp chicken tenders, served with a pool of honey mustard and a sea of fries ($6.75), and diners can cast their lines in hopes of reeling in the fried fish fillet ($4.25) directly from the kitchen. The restaurant’s ingredient sculptors also prepare health-centric fare such as the grilled-chicken pita chaperoned by a side of fruit ($6.50).
Diver's World, Northwest Pennsylvania's only NAUI Worldwide Pro Platinum Dive Center, offers sub-aquatic explorers state-of-the-art training and instruction in the safe confines of an on-site, heated pool. Owner Linda Huston and her brigade of divemasters boil down 90 years of combined underwater wayfaring into each scuba lesson. The Try Scuba Lesson functions as a gateway course, allowing nautical neophytes to learn the ropes, then gear up, sink down, and rise again to the safe, less exciting surface. Held concurrently with the center's more extensive diving courses, this fins-on lesson requires students to bring both a bathing suit and towel, with the remaining equipment provided.
Since 1993, Crab Apple Ridge Golf Course has been challenging fledgling club-wielders and golf gurus alike with a par 72 course sprawled out across more than 125 acres of rolling terrain. Tee off from blue, white, ladies, or seniors tee boxes and avoid course-speckling crab-apple trees, ball-gobbling ponds, and knicker-adorned ghost caddies prone to offering up unsolicited fashion advice on your 18 hole-in-one attempts. Sloppy shanks and great drives both enable players to embark on exhilarating cart rides in search of their short-lost friend.
Touted by The Sand Trap as "Erie's best public course," Whispering Woods Golf Club provides a comfortable yet challenging environment for beginners to smooth out the rough edges of their game and veteran ball-whackers to whittle their skills to a finer point. The John Exley-designed, 18-hole course encompasses sprawling, lush fairways lined with huddles of tall trees and streams crisscrossing the rolling terrain. Five sets of tees afford golfers varied approaches to the water hazards and 50 formidable bunkers peppered throughout the scrupulously maintained course. A cart rental for two relieves the burden of those playing exclusively with 17-irons.
Every Friday night, Lakettes & Lakers Gymnastics Academy hosts a jovial horde of miniature gymnasts aged 3–13 for a three-hour jaunt across a jungle of adventurous play stations. A USAG-safety-certified staff of athletes keeps an alert eye on stimulated sprouts as they rocket from an in-ground trampoline, casting their sky-bound seal of approval on 7,200 square feet of gymnastics equipment and fitness games. Tots can safely perfect plummets on a 40-foot-long tumbling trampoline or escape from imaginary koala stampedes by coasting down a toddler zip line. An energizing feast of pizza and juice sate agile appetites before doe-eyed leapers take a postmeal constitutional down one of Lakettes & Lakers' balance-beam thoroughfares. The Kid's Night Out program lets parents drop off their children to enjoy a quiet evening devoid of lamp-shattering handsprings over the family dog.
The designers of Harbor Ridge Golf Club aimed to make their course welcoming to golfers of all ages and skill levels, and it shows. In addition to the standard four-tee setup, the course furnishes each of the nine holes with two additional sets of family tees, ensuring everyone from long-driving dads to just-starting-out youngsters can enjoy the game together. As groups rocket their golf balls off of each bent-grass tee and roll putts over each undulant green, Lake Erie glitters in the background. Its horizontal blue line spans above the lush greenery of the course, a calming force for players facing high-pressure putts or trying to shame the ball into going into the hole. If players can't peel themselves away from the sight at the culmination of their round, they can retire to the deck at the Harbor View Grill for postround drinks and bites while gazing wistfully at the lake's broad expanse.
When on-course goals prove elusive, players can hit the 280-yard driving range to blast reps off the grass tees. A practice bunker and practice putting green await short-game practice, and an LPGA and PGA Class A instructor offers advice for straightening out hooks and slices.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 36 course * Total length of 3,281 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.2 from the back tees * Course slope of 133 from the back tees * Six sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard