The Scots developed golf to irk common loch pests, such as merats, locharoaches, and Nessie, who to this day rarely surfaces for fear of being beaned by a well-aimed ball. Brush up your monster-vexing skills with today's Groupon: for $28, you and a companion get to play 18 holes of golf with a cart at Forest Hills Country Club, located in Middletown (a $56 total value).
Built in 1915 as the personal swinging grounds for Armco Steel founder George M. Verity, Forest Hills boasts lush landscaping and an impressive roster of players—two former U.S. presidents have teed off on this famed course. Flanked by grand oak trees and historic buildings, the nine-hole, 18-tee course presents challenges with every stroke. In lieu of long fairways (there are no par fives), the links demand long-iron precision with hard-to-reach par 3s (such as the 207-yard No. 14), accurate approaches to land on relatively small greens, and diplomatic panache to handle territorial flagsticks. Players with powerful, accurate drives should be able to attack the 4,206-yard course, but a low par score of 62 guards against supremely high scoring.
Playing duos are equipped with an obedient cart to loop through the executive-style, nine-hole golf course twice, with different tee boxes for the "front" and "back" nine. Postplay, stop off in the gazebo, once the owner's summer cottage, to enjoy pub pours and grill eats or to settle tied rounds with a silverware-eating competition.
Forest Hills Country Club
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.
791 4th Ave.
Middletown, Ohio 45044Get Directions