Snugly resting against the scenic shores of Lake Erie and the borders of a 500-acre nature reserve, Sawmill Creek Resort houses a 240-room lodge and a slew of fun-inducing recreational activities. Before or after catching 40 winks during a one-night stay, use a $25 amenity credit to sample the resort's numerous entertainment bone ticklers. Obliterate dimpled orbs on the 18-hole par 71 golf course, or smooth out knots and sass-mouthed grapes with a one-hour massage or winery tour. The resort's marina hosts the Sawmill Explorer, which guests can board for a Saturday-evening sunset cruise on the lake ($12/person), as well as rentable jet skis, kayaks, and curmudgeonly sea captains. Although the amenity credit is not valid for entertaining bored stomachs, the resort boasts a diverse smattering of restaurants teeming with seafood, steaks, and casual fare.
Mudbrook Golf Center gives golfers the tools and instruction they need to shave strokes and thoroughly enjoy the game. The shop's selection of gear by top industry brands such as TaylorMade, Nike, and Titleist complements instruction from PGA professionals. Within lessons, the pros rely on time-earned golfing wisdom augmented by digital diagnostics, which help students clearly see swing imbalances such as flat backswings, over-rotation, or excessive celebrations.
Armed with a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by Golf Digest, Eagle Creek Golf Club challenges long and short gamers over its par 71 course's cushy fairways, bent-grass greens, tricky bunkers, and waterways. Test your clubbing prowess or settle driveway border disputes on any of four sets of tees, including five par 3s and four par, from the first hole's 502-yard straightaway par 5 to the final hole's narrow, tree-lined fairway and bunker-surrounded green.
The Oak Harbor Golf Club's 6,493-yard course protrudes into an oxbow on the Portage River, pairing scenic views and cool breezes with an ever-present supply of water hazards and small greens. Along the front nine, players patrol tree-lined fairways dotted by small ponds and bisected by a marshy brook that requires calculated drives and sharp wit to solve riddles proposed by retired caddies turned bridge trolls. The back nine meanders out onto a narrow neck of land within the oxbow and wraps golfers in panoramic views of the river.
Off the course, golfers can bogey-proof their swings with a practice session at the grass-tee driving range or a lesson with PGA–certified instructor Matthew Jennings. After a day filled with aggressive drives, players can relax at Baldy's Roost, which serves a menu of sandwiches, wraps, and salads most enjoyed when eaten with polished divot tools.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,493 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 71.1 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 121 from the farthest tees * Six tee options * Scorecard
Originally sculpted into the landscape in 1958, Green Hills Golf Course winds through 5,933 yards of smoothly rolling terrain bordered by clusters of mature arbors. To compensate for its relatively short length, the 18-hole course catches clubbers off-guard with strategically placed ponds, subtle slopes, and self-destructing yardage markers. Each round takes spiky-shoed golfers gliding around tranquil ponds and past rippling creeks, which add to the course’s shot-impeding obstacles. A nine-hole par 3 executive course stretches out alongside the full-length monolith, beckoning to greenhorns, youngsters, and experienced pin-hunters still seeking their first hole-in-one. A driving range, practice green, and full regimen of golf clinics nurse withering swings back to life, while the onsite restaurant fuels muscles and carnivorous golf carts with all-beef hot dogs and other savory grill fare.
The seventh hole at Grey Hawk Golf Club could be the finishing hole at any PGA Tour host course. Water runs from the tee all the way to the green down the left side of the 578-yard par-five as it bends to the left, making any effort to cut the corner a daring proposition. A bunker on the right side of the fairway awaits any shots that fade right, and a stream runs across the front of the green, capping off the course's most difficult hole. The treacherous par-five is one of many memorable hole designs on the 18-hole, 7,079-yard course, which features water on 16 holes and a par-three with a true island green that tests golfers' confidence in their swing or their ability to skip a ball across the surface of the water. Mounded terrain and numerous sandtraps characterize the rest of the layout, which was designed by the venerable golf trio of von Hagge, Smelek, and Baril.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course designed by von Hagge, Smelek, and Baril * Length of 7,079 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 74.3 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 137 from the farthest tees * Five tee options * Scorecard