Featuring 36 holes of brand-new miniature golf in a newly renovated facility, Cincinnati Golf Center gives golfers a whimsical break from the stresses and frequent quicksand deaths associated with full-sized golf. Boogie like boom-box-toting caddies through four rounds ($6.50 per round) of microscopic golf on either of the Golf Center's two fully compressed 18-hole courses. The Golf Center is staffed by two PGA-sanctioned golf professionals, who will gladly share tips on how Phil Mickelson slips his ball through windmill blades and into angry gorillas' mouths. They are also trained to spot pro-golf-player imposters, so leave the Jack Nicklaus mask in the closet and just be yourself as you hone your micro-game over the course of 72 closely mowed and amusingly obstacled greens.
Overlooking Bel-Wood Country Club’s manicured greens and fairways, the Grille Room prepares simmering heavily laden plates of American fare from an eclectic menu for customers from around Cincinnati. The barbecue-pulled-pork sandwich treats a lonely mound of tender, smoked pork waiting to be hugged between slices of bread ($8), and the Bel-Wood burger customizes a thick patty of Angus beef with interchangeable accessories to create a bacon burger, jalapeño burger, or arctic adventure burger ($9). The Grille Room’s entrees tempt taste buds with a prevailing nautical theme, exemplified in the house-made beer-battered fish and unassaulted chips ($14). With roasted fingerlings lounging sumptuously over wild-mushroom ragout, the seared salmon fillet ($17) caps off the Grille Room’s standard menu selections, but special dinner features every weekend promise serendipitous discoveries for patrons.
Beech Creek’s course blankets the rolling Ohio countryside with more than 5,400 yards of player-friendly fairways and greens. The relatively short layout welcomes novice golfers, while more experienced aces and tape-measure enthusiasts flaunt their length off the tee on three par 5s that measure at least 550 yards.
Course at a Glance
Colonial Pines Golf Club’s 18-hole course blankets 127 acres of tranquil Ohio Valley farmland for 5,966 yards of rolling hills and imposing hardwoods. Golfers traverse the par 70 layout on the backs of motorized carts or caddies hoping to improve their piggyback-ride form, steering balls away from a menagerie of hazards, including mounds topped with swaying heathers, woodsy thickets, and six lakes spanning 11 acres. The first tee shot aptly foreshadows a round in which avoiding water hazards and ingratiating oneself to ball-stealing fish will be critical, as drives must cross a pond that runs from the tee box to the beginning of the fairway.
Course at a Glance:
Elevation changes. Not only do they challenge players at Hickory Sticks Golf Club with constantly changing terrain, but they also afford spectacular views of the Kentucky Hills. The rippling landscape stretches across a 6,148-yard course—much of which consists of Hickory Sticks' marathon first and last holes, which measure 533 and 496 yards, respectively.
Course at a Glance
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.