The 9-hole, par-three course at Mulligan Springs, situated in Portage County, challenges, but also subdues, golfers with reflective ponds and mini waterfalls that ripple across rocky structures. Here, the casual, uncrowded atmosphere is especially inviting to novice golfers, who can avoid the air of intimidation and ball washers filled with molasses that come with playing on more difficult courses. As abundant as they are out on the links, Mulligan Springs' modest vibes stretch to its clubhouse area, which features an outdoor patio for relaxing after rounds.
Stretched across nearly 6,000 yards in Kent, KSU's 18-hole, par 70 course features slick greens and quick playability, meaning golfers can easily fit rounds into their schedules. In 2014, the course experienced several upgrades. Its clubhouse was renovated, its practice green was expanded, and course-side trees were removed after posting notices of eviction to their bark didn't work. The effort primed the property not only for high-quality rounds of golf, but also for games of footgolf?a sport that fuses elements of soccer and golf.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total of 5,810 yards * Four sets of tees per hole * Course rating of 66.3 from the tips * Course slope of 113 from the tips * Scorecard
Sculpted into the Ohio countryside in 1928, Maplecrest Golf Club’s course spans 6,312 yards of immaculate fairways that arch over gentle hilltops for a par 71 round. The club’s intrepid greenskeepers work hard to keep the course in pristine condition, including maintaining an onsite greenhouse where they grow all the course’s plants, trees, flowers, and sand-trap rakes before incorporating them into the layout. Throughout the course, fairways tunnel through imposing tree lines, so players should consider making a preround stop at the club’s driving range or bribing the oldest oak in their neighborhood for favorable treatment from its fellow timbers.
A towering dome dedicated to golf practice looms over The Golf Dome’s multifaceted grounds, serving as the gravitational center of a facility dedicated to recreational golf and baseball practice. Inside the vaulted white roof, golfers stroke drives from one of 34 hitting bays at the indoor, two-tiered driving range, where distance-reading software flashes instant readouts of shot trajectory and the pain inflicted on each practice ball. The dome further facilitates climate-controlled clubbing with a putting and chipping area and Full Swing golf simulators, which allow golfers to play digital recreations of more than 30 of the world’s top courses.
Outside, a scenic, 20-foot waterfall draws players to the 18-hole miniature golf course, where contoured greens run between rocky outcrops, interrupted by water that comes into play on 14 holes. The din of sharply struck line drives echoes throughout the grounds, sonic evidence of the six adjacent batting cages, where players swing at high-arching softballs, baseballs hurled at up to 75 miles per hour, and tiny meteors raining from the sky.
Aiming to provide superb playing conditions, the tight, tree-lined fairways of Grantwood Golf Course span 6,429 yards of gently undulating terrain. Today's deal invites a club-toting quartet of players to channel the preternatural precision of golf's Scottish progenitors, dodging the 40-plus bunkers that hug the edges of bent-grass fairways and butterfly-kiss the fringes of Grantwood's relatively small greens. Water hazards complicate passage on more than half of the holes, increasing demand for accurate drives, pinpoint approaches, and flutists well-versed in charming putter-starved pond trolls. The course's modest length and straightforward layout temper some of its more challenging elements, creating a grassy monolith surmountable by first-time players but still trying for more practiced divoteers. If the day's golf binge makes your inner salmon jump merrily upstream, take to the adjacent driving range or roam the pro shop for additional game fine-tuning.