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:
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.
Ables Golf on Avery doesn't let the seasons dictate business. Players can improve their skills year-round thanks to 30 covered and heated tees, and, during warmer months, aim for the dozen target greens while swinging across two acres of grass tees. Even with these expansive driving-range areas, Ables doesn't neglect the short game. The facility also boasts a tournament-quality putting green, a pair of pitching greens, and a nicely landscaped 18-hole miniature golf course that's ideal for family outings, younger children, and training baby golf carts. As an added bonus, PGA and LPGA instructors are also available on site for group and private lessons.
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.
Course at a Glance: * Designed by course architect Pete Dye * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,622 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 71.6 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 131 from the farthest tees * Four tee options * Scorecard
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 20,000-square-foot practice tee and short game area. Between rounds, golfers can fill up at the clubhouse lounge or enjoy the view from the patio.
Rye grass fairways give way to slick, bent-grass greens to form a par-71 layout at National Road Golf Course that has challenged the birdie-hunting mettle of golfers since 1995. Designed by Ed Tonti, the course plays to 5,312 yards from the tips, ample distance to have golfers reaching for their driver or strapping their golf ball to rockets on certain holes. Before rounds, players can warm up their swings at the driving range and a putting green, both near a snack bar that dishes out food and refreshments to fuel long days on the course.