The telltale sounds of fun fill the air at either Magic Mountain Fun Center location, as friends and families careen around tracks in go-karts, compete on mind-bending mini-golf courses, or do battle in bumper cars. Piping-hot pizzas fuel days of rides and arcade games, and the park's varied birthday packages catapult parties into a fun-filled gamut of feasting, bumper boats, and laser tag. Open late, the parks afford guests the opportunity to while the night away or lure their night terrors in front of a speeding bumper car.
A total of 120 tees?80 grass, 40 covered?await golfers at Westerville Golf Center, each ready for practicing booming drives, gracefully arcing iron shots, and finely tuned wedge play. Founded in 1970, this driving range specializes in helping players perfect their game before they head out onto a golf course?or, if they can't perfect it on their own, matching them up with PGA-certified instructors who can offer some assistance. Alternatively, visitors who don't derive enjoyment from hitting a crisp drive or stabbing the ground repeatedly with a pointy tee, can grab a baseball bat for some swings in the batting cages or pick up a putter for a round on the 18-hole miniature golf course.
With its winding creek, cascading waterfall, and lush vegetation, Indian Trails Miniature Golf would be a peaceful place to spend an afternoon even if it didn't have a single hole of mini-golf. But of course, it has twin 18-hole links that snake along hills and rocky inclines. While navigating the landscape, golfers can cool down in the shade of foliage or listen as birds peck the course's 19th hole into a tree. Off the greens, the clubhouse staff serves up ice cream and hosts birthday parties replete with pizza, popcorn, and custom birthday golf balls.
Cincinnati Golf Center immerses visitors in practice for golf both miniature and normal-sized with 36 holes of mini golf as well as a grass tee area and a two-tier mat tee area. The two 18-hole mini-golf courses slink past obstacles such as water fountains, rocky areas, sloth-like groups ahead, and tricky upslopes and downslopes. A two-tier driving range features open air and covered mats and a natural grass area for players to hone their iron approaches and booming drives, while a pair of putting greens give them space to perfect long lags and tap-ins alike. With a heated bottom floor, customers can practice their golf game all year long.
Located less than 20 miles from Columbus, Westchester Golf Course sprawls across more than 7,100 yards of bentgrass greens, tees, and fairways. Much like a billionaire's living room, the course's impressive layout features six different lakes. Beyond the water hazards, more than 50 bunkers lie in wait to decimate scores. The property's most notable component, though, might be its practice facilities, which include a 10,000-square-foot putting green and a driving range with bentgrass greens for more realistic practice sessions. In addition to those areas, professional instructors are also available for lessons and other programs.
The course at High Lands Golf Club challenges visitors with 6,599 yards of tight lies, concealed obstacles, and fairway trees extending their unlucky limbs into players’ sightlines. Tree-lined fairways and immaculate greens yield some scenic vistas for players bashing orbs along the course’s serpentine length. The signature third hole starts players off from an elevated tee shot that must stay out of the out-of-bounds area on the left, but not drift too far right, where clearing the wooded ravine on the second shot would become impossible. The next shot onto the elevated green is made difficult by the black walnut tree guarding the green, making for an altogether difficult run at par. Toward the end of the round, players must face a gauntlet of obstacles on holes 16, 17, and 18 before heading in for the day. Named the “Bermuda Triangle” for the architect’s tendency to incorporate treacherous waterways and affinity for Bermuda shorts, hole 16 challenges golfers with difficult lies, slippery putts, and water hazards that loom large.
Course at a Glance:
* 18-hole, par 72 course
* Four sets of tees per hole
* Total length of 6,599 yards from the back tees
* Course rating of 71.6 from the back tees
* Course slope of 130 from the back tees