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.
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
Forest Hills Country Club invites golfers of all skill levels to drive, chip, and putt their way around its private nine-hole course, buttressed by the Great Miami River and native forestation. The course measures 2,267 yards from the back tees and boasts five par 3s and four par 4s. Though it may not have any par 5s, Forest Hills makes up for distance in scoring difficulty, with just one par 3 measuring fewer than 150 yards and cups that sneeze every time a ball comes near them. After a round, players can visit the concession stand to replenish calories lost from swinging clubs or cartwheeling from hole to hole.
Golf balls soar above the driving range and roll over tricky putt-putt greens at Southwest Golf Ranch, a practice facility designed to help golfers improve the full spectrum of their skills. With 2.5 acres of bent-grass hitting areas and 20 heated, covered hitting stalls outfitted with synthetic-turf mats, the range lets players choose their hitting surface or conceal their swing adjustments from spy drones sent by rival golfers. The mini-golf course features colorful flags, Lilliputian ponds, and wooden bridges that arch throughout the 18-hole layout, which is lighted for after-hours play.
Helmed by PGA pro and Director of Instruction Dave Stanton, Southwest Golf Ranch’s staff of instructors puts the facility’s resources to use in lessons and golf camps. The resident aces groom golfers’ swings with the help of video analysis and FlightScope swing tracking, the same technology used in the Ranch’s club fitting studio, which pairs golfers with their ideal clubs without forcing them to meet random sand wedges on the Internet.
A part of the National Trail Parks and Recreation District, Reid Park Golf Course serves as a public testing ground for golfers of all ages and abilities. The course comprises 36 holes in total—18 for the North Course, 18 for the South—all surrounded by thick cuts of rough and trees mature enough not to swat at the ball as it passes by. Golfers hoping to trim the double bogeys, triple bogeys, and frowny faces from their scorecard can consult with PGA pro Tim Grieser for game-improvement lessons.
Greenies Indoor Golf gives golfers an opportunity to tee up even when darkness or inclement weather keeps them off of a real course. The facility's simulators allow golfers to play a variety of world-famous courses without traveling, paying the oft-exorbitant greens fees, or remembering every club's secret handshake. It also furnishes a number of entertaining diversions not typically found at the golf course, such as darts, skee ball, and billiards. After all of that competitive fun, visitors are invited to peruse a bar menu full of wings, burgers, and sandwiches while enjoying sporting events on the high definition televisions.