A towering dome dedicated to golf practice looms over The Golf Dome’s multifaceted grounds, serving as the gravitational center of a facility dedicated to recreational golf and baseball practice. Inside the vaulted white roof, golfers stroke drives from one of 34 hitting bays at the indoor, two-tiered driving range, where distance-reading software flashes instant readouts of shot trajectory and the pain inflicted on each practice ball. The dome further facilitates climate-controlled clubbing with a putting and chipping area and Full Swing golf simulators, which allow golfers to play digital recreations of more than 30 of the world’s top courses.
Outside, a scenic, 20-foot waterfall draws players to the 18-hole miniature golf course, where contoured greens run between rocky outcrops, interrupted by water that comes into play on 14 holes. The din of sharply struck line drives echoes throughout the grounds, sonic evidence of the six adjacent batting cages, where players swing at high-arching softballs, baseballs hurled at up to 75 miles per hour, and tiny meteors raining from the sky.
Aiming to provide superb playing conditions, the tight, tree-lined fairways of Grantwood Golf Course span 6,429 yards of gently undulating terrain. Today's deal invites a club-toting quartet of players to channel the preternatural precision of golf's Scottish progenitors, dodging the 40-plus bunkers that hug the edges of bent-grass fairways and butterfly-kiss the fringes of Grantwood's relatively small greens. Water hazards complicate passage on more than half of the holes, increasing demand for accurate drives, pinpoint approaches, and flutists well-versed in charming putter-starved pond trolls. The course's modest length and straightforward layout temper some of its more challenging elements, creating a grassy monolith surmountable by first-time players but still trying for more practiced divoteers. If the day's golf binge makes your inner salmon jump merrily upstream, take to the adjacent driving range or roam the pro shop for additional game fine-tuning.
The downtown lounge and golfery boasts six high-def golf simulators—massive windows that transport you into the scenic world of one of 16 top golf courses—along with a full menu of spectator fare in a fun and casual environment. During your retreat from the unmanicured greens of the everyday, you and your three closest friends or parolees will get four hours to play 18-hole golf on one of the course simulators; choose to use the lounge’s provided clubs, or bring your own for optimal swinging success (up to an $86 value). Shoot a fake round among the dramatic beauty of Pebble Beach or the lush tropical sights of Miami’s Blue Monster. When your ball touches the screen, the simulator picks it up and carries it to the exact locale on the virtual course—based on your sphere’s speed, height, and velocity—allowing you to show off, swagger, or cower in shame at your real-life abilities on the simulated greens.
The 6,490-yard course at Wicked Woods Golf Club challenges golfers of all types with rolling tree-lined fairways and ball-gobbling sand traps. Each elevated tee box proffers whimsical views of undulating greens and serene water hazards, and provides peace of mind to sensitive club heads that favor precise placement over crushing drives or explosive putts. A complimentary cart transports twosomes and their clubs to pins or shanked shots more easily than a piggyback ride from a caddy, and keeps muscles well rested for canoodling with the gallery after sinking holes-in-one. Resulting in the utmost of relaxation, weekend rounds cap off long workweeks, and weekday matches utilize fast-rolling greens to get golf balls home before curfew.
The Five Seasons Family Sports Club houses tennis courts, a dining area, fitness facilities, swimming pools, and a full-service spa under one roof. Within air-conditioned indoor courts or on outdoor clay courts, racquet slingers compete in friendly bouts to sharpen swings, refine backhands, and showcase grunting abilities. Members can also break a sweat in exercise areas speckled with modern cardio equipment and weights or cool off in an Olympic-sized pool with diving wells and wading areas. Before meeting others for a postgame beverage at the lively café, clients can wander to the spa for a relaxing massage or partake in a sports workshop to gain a firm grasp on game mechanics.
Since 1985, the Kent State University Museum has served as a time-traveling portal for fashion and design, allowing style-stalkers to admire some of the world’s most exquisite dresses, costumes, paintings, and furniture dating back to the 18th century. The museum came into being when two New York dress manufacturers, Jerry Silverman and Shannon Rodgers, donated 4,000 costumes and accessories, nearly 1,000 pieces of decorative art, and a 5,000-volume reference library. A year later the museum was fortified with 10,000 pieces of American glass, from Akron antique collectors Jabe Tarter and Paul Miller, which had been carefully guarded from errant baseball throws and juggle-hungry clowns. Today the eight galleries feature a revolving door of exhibits from world-famous artists and designers, highlighting the cultural and artistic significance of fashion.