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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Wedge wielders can practice drives and mulligan excuses on Golden Tee’s manicured short-game area and the sizable driving range—which boasts 18 heated and covered bays—before hitting the links. Satisfy a hunger for victory at the snack bar, or visit the well-stocked pro shop to eyeball a new set of irons or this season’s chicest open-toed cleats.
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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Led by Golf Range’s Top 50 Golf Instructor Ralph Landrum, World of Golf’s staff of game-improvement gurus help players lower their golf scores with an array of golf-related activities. Private lessons conducted inside a climate-controlled swing room allow students to launch golf balls out onto the range while four cameras capture bad habits such as flat takeaways or saying “um” too much during their follow-through. Afterward, players can use their instructor’s pointers to build muscle memory on the rest of the complex’s practice facilities, which include an outdoor range with 24 mat tees and two sets of grass tees, indoor hitting nets with eight stalls, and an indoor putting and chipping green.
As soon as golfers feel they’ve practiced enough, they put their newfound knowledge to the test on the executive 18-hole golf course, with 14 par 3s and four par 4s, or the miniature golf course. When weather renders either course unplayable, thwackers move indoors to the golf simulator, which recreates the look and feel of more than 50 courses or a hodgepodge of 18 famous holes but without the extremely long between-hole travel times. World of Golf keeps a busy schedule of lessons, classes, and leagues, all of which can be found on the calendar.
Golf Exchange's swing analysts help players lower handicaps by diagnosing mechanical inefficiencies and custom-fitting their equipment. Using state-of-the-art TrackMan technology, club fitters spend 45–60 minutes matching patrons with compatible clubs based on shaft type, grip type, and opinions regarding 1950s bebop. After obtaining new iron oars, the TrackMan system studies clubs in the act of swinging, identifying problematic approaches and fine-tuning club speed. Armed with heightened ball-whacking wisdom, golfers can use $75 toward the purchase of irons and $75 toward the purchase of drivers, allowing for precision swings through Ohio's snowcapped mountain ranges.
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.
Co-owner and PGA player Doug Martin and his fellow golf experts dedicate The Golf Range to the cause of perfect putts and smooth swings. An 8,000-square-foot putting green and short-game area doles out new golf balls for patrons to practice, minimizing misplaced shots and paychecks lost to preteen mini-golf sharks. The indoor putting green guards clubs from the elements, and players sharpen their skills beneath the all-seasons shelter of 37 heated and covered bays. Brush up with The Golf Range's online golf tips before taking to the tee.