The fairways at Deer Run Country Club beckon golfers along an immaculately crosshatched carpet of plush bent grass. Whittled from a rolling blanket of forest by architect Mike Macke, the 18-hole course forms a heart-shaped patch surrounding several arteries of pristine residential streets and five ponds lurking in wait. After building up an appetite while hacking out of the rough and taking in the beauteous Ohio River Valley setting, players can fill up on wings, pizzas, and half-pound burgers at the Fairway Grill.
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Family fun constantly unfolds at General Custers Golf & Gulp, where mini-golfers putt past obstacles on two different 18-hole courses. Along the way, they cross paths with quirky sea creatures, characters from pop culture, and a large, wooden pirate ship, a sight that is usually only spotted in the ocean or the bathtubs of billionaires. Away from the courses, visitors can trade their clubs for spoons and dig into nearly 40 flavors of ice cream, or visit the newly opened bungee trampoline jumper. They can also re-fuel for another round with smoothies, sundaes, shakes, and ice cream sandwiches.
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.
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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: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Length of 5,966 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 68.3 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 117 from the farthest tees * Three tee options * Link to scorecard
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 * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,148 yards * Course rating of 69.1 from the back tees * Course rating of 131 from the back tees * Four tees per hole * See the scorecard
A product of Greg Norman Golf Course Design, Elks Run Golf Club's 18-hole, par 71 course is a case-study in fair but challenging golf. For example, golfers can capitalize on consistently wide fairways?but if they don't, their ball may stray into thick heather that skirts the short-grass. Water hazards also loom on eight holes, including a five-hole stretch on the back nine that curls around a creek. Elevated tee boxes and undulating terrain characterize the course throughout the round, which also includes a double green shared by holes three and five. Before rounds, golfers can warm up at a practice green, two sand traps, and a driving range with bent-grass hitting stations.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 6,845 yards from the tips * Course rating of 72.9 from the tips * Slope rating of 138 from the tips * Four tee options