The 18-hole National Road Golf Course delights clubbers of all skill levels with finely manicured fairways and sylvan surroundings. Fearless wedge wielders tour the verdant par 71 course (up to a $19.50 value) in pursuit of birdies, eagles, and the ball-stealing gryphon that deftly runs interference on every swing. A trusty motorized steed chauffeurs players across 5,312 yards of links (an $11 value), bearing the burden of heavy bags to both conserve golfers’ energy for upcoming power swings, and to leave their upper torsos unencumbered for celebratory team-wide chest bumps.
PB Dye designed the 18 executive-style, rye-grass fairways at ClearCreek to focus on golfers’ short games, letting players hit through a faster round while still challenging them with one lake and 11 sand bunkers. Golfers tee off at a choice of four different boxes, driving balls the farthest at the 14th hole—one of two par 4 holes on the course—and maneuvering delicately at the 7th to avoid a bunker and the water that ripples on the backside of the putting green. The practice range’s 22 heated and lighted stalls keep 9-irons warm and cozy, and two Full Swing Golf simulators invite golfers to pretend to tackle the best courses in the world no matter the weather outside. ClearCreek’s pro shop features a Callaway custom fitting center for players seeking a new club and stocks Callaway and Titleist golfing paraphernalia. On Sundays, ClearCreek sells adult beverages at the 15th hole’s twin bunkers, providing adults the liquid courage necessary to face down the course's fire-breathing prairie dogs.
Course at a Glance:
Forest Hills Country Club invites golfers of all skill levels to drive, chip, and putt their way around its private nine-hole course, buttressed by the Great Miami River and native forestation. The course measures 2,267 yards from the back tees and boasts five par 3s and four par 4s. Though it may not have any par 5s, Forest Hills makes up for distance in scoring difficulty, with just one par 3 measuring fewer than 150 yards and cups that sneeze every time a ball comes near them. After a round, players can visit the concession stand to replenish calories lost from swinging clubs or cartwheeling from hole to hole.
Green Acres Golf Course presents a relatively short gauntlet of six par 4s and 12 par 3s for 3,746 yards of pristine golf. The length and lack of par 5s make the course ideal for working on putting on the slick greens and precision on short iron approaches. The course superintendents work tirelessly to keep the course in optimal condition, aiming to please all golfers from beginners to the ghosts of Scottish shepherds looking to discover the latest in walking-staff technology.
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.
Golfers gracefully unsheathe metal sticks at Oakhaven Golf Club's 50-acre, year-round driving range, where balls and clubheads clash in more than 90 hitting stalls. A gallery of 60 all-grass hitting areas provides natural conditions for duffers hoping to replicate on-course conditions, and 33 heated, covered tees sport synthetic hitting mats for protected practice during storms or golf-ball ambushes launched by rival driving ranges. Towering lights keep the emerald expanse vibrantly visible after sunset, catering to golf devotees for after-hour practice. Each jumbo bucket nets golfers a windfall of 150 practice balls to launch one-by-one as their spherical comrades look on in anticipation while painting racing stripes on each other. Those who opt for the membership gain unlimited practice balls for a whole year, helping them make lasting improvements and honor New Year's resolutions to grow closer to their three-wood.