There are parkland golf courses, and then there are golf courses set within the US National Parks System. The 18-hole layout at Astorhurst Country Club abuts Tinkers Creek in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, where it immerses golfers in picturesque surroundings while challenging them to hit their way over elevation changes, think through strategic quandaries, and ignore cloud formations just begging to be interpreted. At 6,138 yards, the course doesn't overwhelm anyone with extreme length, relying instead upon challenges to shot-shaping, control, and discipline that keep the course accessible to every level of golfer.
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Crooked River Adventures’ river adventures are leisurely, no-experience-required pleasure cruises that challenge the muscles while massaging the mind’s shimmering-blue waterscape dreams. Glide past verdant foliage, through glittering reflections of aged bridges, and into great blue herons’ great blue neighborhoods while the sun warms your skin, the wind blows through your hair, and your hair blows through your hat. All the while, you’ll be learning the proper strokes that propel floatmobiles to ultrafun, and you’ll begin to gain functional understanding of the strength of a body in fluid, powerful motion. Crooked River Adventures operates in conjunction with Kent State University Recreational Services’ Adventure Center, which has received statewide recognition for its boating program and outstanding handshakes from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft.
Customers at West River Kayak & Canoe take their pick from a fleet of kayaks, canoes, and standup paddleboards to cruise down the 27-mile Vermilion-Lorain Water Trail, a Class I–II waterway. Turtles, beavers, and deer make their homes along the banks and occasionally dart out to greet travelers as shale cliffs rear up in the distance. The shop's staff ensures that even boating newbies can wend their way through the picturesque scenery by offering introductory tutorials before each rental to impart the basics of paddling, from how to turn to how to rub two paddles together to make a fire for roasting hot dogs.
Charles Mill Marina and Pleasant Hill Marina provide anglers and aquatic enthusiasts with a hearty fleet of vessels built for relaxing and cultivating fun in absurdly oversized puddles. Hover above 1,350 acres of fish air on one of Charles Mill Marina's fishing boats, which offer plenty of room for pond pirates to stretch and tan their sea legs. In a 16-foot Alumacraft fishing boat, up to four fish wranglers will have up to 24 hours to go after elusive largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, and saugeye. In addition to the bouquet of boating devices available, Charles Mill Marina also hosts a full selection of fishing tackle and live bait inside its shop.
Cobble Hills Golf & Ski Club has seen a lot of changes since it first opened as Skee-Hi alpine ski resort in 1963. What started as a humble chalet, two T-bars, and four rope tows has blossomed into an updated facility spanning 110 gently rolling acres framed by pristine pine forests. After a total renovation and the addition of the David Gurd–designed par 70 golf course in 1990, the ski club was enhanced with a quad chairlift, grooming equipment, and upgraded lighting. The intermediate hill has also been reshaped into an 800-foot-long snow-tubing area complete with a magic-carpet lift, which tows visitors up 100 vertical feet—the same height as most young yetis’ tree houses. The resort's new name reflects the rugged terrain: rocky hills and boulders add bucolic charm to views of the London skyline to the southwest and the Oxford County countryside to the southeast.
Like a dolphin on a mission, a devoted jet-skier won't be slowed down by waves. At Deep Wave Rentals, the lake-lubbers can kit out adventurers with their choice of jet ski or kayak, then send them out to frolic in the freshwater depths. The jet-ski stable is equipped to serve Port Stanley, Port Franks, Grand Bend, Erieau, and Sarnia, and can be delivered to those or other locations for an additional fee. Deep Wave also hosts parties throughout the summer, including beach barbecues, volleyball tournaments, and live concerts.