Green Acres Golf Course presents a relatively short gauntlet of six par 4s and 12 par 3s for 3,746 yards of pristine golf. The length and lack of par 5s make the course ideal for working on putting on the slick greens and precision on short iron approaches. The course superintendents work tirelessly to keep the course in optimal condition, aiming to please all golfers from beginners to the ghosts of Scottish shepherds looking to discover the latest in walking-staff technology.
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Golfers gracefully unsheathe metal sticks at Oakhaven Golf Club's 50-acre, year-round driving range, where balls and clubheads clash in more than 90 hitting stalls. A gallery of 60 all-grass hitting areas provides natural conditions for duffers hoping to replicate on-course conditions, and 33 heated, covered tees sport synthetic hitting mats for protected practice during storms or golf-ball ambushes launched by rival driving ranges. Towering lights keep the emerald expanse vibrantly visible after sunset, catering to golf devotees for after-hour practice. Each jumbo bucket nets golfers a windfall of 150 practice balls to launch one-by-one as their spherical comrades look on in anticipation while painting racing stripes on each other. Those who opt for the membership gain unlimited practice balls for a whole year, helping them make lasting improvements and honor New Year's resolutions to grow closer to their three-wood.
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.
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:
Named one of the top 50 golf instructors in the country by the LPGA in 2008–2009, Egli uses more than 20 years of teaching experience to perfect golf swings with pro lessons. During the one-hour video lesson, students are videotaped as they swing and hit range balls, which are included with instruction. After their performance, Egli reviews the videos with students, making corrections and critiques. All members and visitors at Mohawk must adhere to the dress code—a collared shirt and appropriate pants—call for more information.
Though it only opened its green runways in 2001, Clover Valley Golf Club's 18-hole course has the look of a timeless landmark. Massive weeping willow trees cast shadows throughout the grounds, and the 7,149-yard links snake through waterways that seem as if they've wrapped around bent-grass fairways and greens since the beginning of time. From the tips, the course tests even the longest drivers with four par-fives that exceed 530 yards in length. Five sets of tees make the course playable for golfers of all abilities, and bunkers and water hazards require most golfers to hit every club in their bags, though not at the same time.
The course is supplemented with a variety of practice areas, including a 3,500-square-foot chipping area, a 5,500-square-foot putting green, and a driving range with target greens. Between rounds, golfers can fill up at the clubhouse lounge or restock on golf gear in the pro shop.
Renowned course architect Pete Dye sculpted Little Turtle Golf Club's 18-hole course from 6,622 yards of Ohio countryside, artfully incorporating the waters of Big Walnut Creek into the par 72 layout. As golfers pass through the course's tree-lined fairways, they can imagine themselves walking in the footsteps and divotsteps of 1992 Masters champion Fred Couples, who holds the Little Turtle course record along with Champions Tour player Rod Spittle, the club's director emeritus of golf. Water hazards come into play on 10 holes throughout the round, often positioned close to greens to make approach shots a daunting task. The club complements its championship course with a practice facility that boasts a full-length driving range and a green with a practice bunker and designated areas for chipping.
Little Turtle Golf Club pairs its par-hunting pursuits with a lively social regimen, which includes holiday events, gatherings for sports fans, and poker nights. The epicenter for all friendly get-togethers, the Grille Room regales guests with a limestone fireplace, a copper bar, and outdoor seating that overlooks the placid waters and amphibious caddies of Lake Turtle.
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