Destination Guide

Destination: Dayton

Once an automotive parts powerhouse, Dayton's economy is now aerospace, defense and healthcare.

The city's aerial roots, if there is such a thing, go back to Orville and Wilbur Wright, first known for their bicycle shop, forever known for flight. It's no surprise the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is in Dayton, the site of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the largest and oldest aviation museum in the world and home of the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

Dayton also is a healthcare hotbed ranked in the top five in the country. The Center for Tissue Regeneration and Engineering is based in Dayton, as is the National Center for Medical Readiness, complete with a crisis practice grounds.

Innovation is nothing new for Dayton, going back to prolific inventor Charles Kettering, whose work revolutionized commerce, thanks to his electric cash register that laid the foundation of today's international behemoth, NCR. Kettering also adapted diesel engines to power locomotives and invented the self starter in automobiles that enabled everyone, including women, to drive them. He applied magnetism to medical imaging and a nursing college is named after him. His legacy -- and wealth -- has seeded Dayton's progress ever since.

Dayton hasn't neglected the arts, either. For example, the Dayton Ballet is one of the oldest professional dance companies in the country and Dayton has a resident opera company.

Perhaps as a nod to the Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop, the city has a bike path network of more than 100 miles and bike lanes rule downtown. Dayton also has the only museum dedicated to the Packard Motorcar.

If all that knowledge is whetting your appetite, don't worry -- pizza rules in Dayton. Try Cassano's or Marion's Piazza. For other fare, the nearby Dublin Pub is a staple, as is Grub Steak Restaurant.

For golf, the city of Dayton dominates the public-course scene. Kittyhawk Golf Center is comprised of three 18-hole courses. Kittyhawk's Eagle course is 7,147 yards and navigates around 14 ponds. It's the "black diamond" run of the three. The Hawk is 6,766 yards and has "only" 12 ponds. The Kitty is an executive course with two par 4s and the rest lengthy par 3s. Dayton's Community Golf Center has two 18-hole courses and Madden Golf Center is much more than a "muni" that rises and falls over rolling hills and traverses a stream that cuts through the back nine.

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Woodlands/Lakeside at Shaker Run Golf Club
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Lebanon $25.95
Majestic Springs Golf Course
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Wilmington $12
Jamaica Run Golf Club
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Germantown $16.95
Lakeside/Meadows at Shaker Run Golf Club
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Lebanon $25.95
Meadows/Woodlands at Shaker Run Golf Club
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Lebanon $25.95
Moss Creek Golf Club
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Clayton $16
Windy Knoll Golf Club
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Springfield $25
Twin Run Municipal Golf Course Hamilton $15
Hueston Woods Golf Course
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Oxford $17
Sebastian Hills Golf Club
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Xenia $22
Falcon Course at Kittyhawk Golf Center
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Dayton $12
Woodland/Creekside at Beechwood Golf Course
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Arcanum $13
Country Side Golf Club New Paris $13
Hills at Community Golf Course
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Dayton $16
Sugar Isle Golf Course
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New Carlisle $16.95
Eagle Course at Kittyhawk Golf Center
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Dayton $14
Miami Shores Golf Club
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Troy $11
Dales at Community Golf Course
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Dayton $15
Creekside/Lakeview at Beechwood Golf Course
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Arcanum $13
Hawk Course at Kittyhawk Golf Center
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Dayton $15
Franklin Golf Course
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Franklin $5
Lakeview/Woodland at Beechwood Golf Course
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Arcanum $13
Madden Golf Course
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Dayton $17
PipeStone Golf Course
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Miamisburg $25
The 797 Elks Golf Club
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Wilmington $12
Green Tree Golf Club
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Lebanon $11.75
Meadowbrook at Clayton Clayton $20
Lakeland Golf Club
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Saint Paris $12
Turtle Creek Golf Course
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Greenville $12
Union City Country Club
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Union City $12
Forest Hills Country Club
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Middletown $10
Heatherwoode Golf Club
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Springboro $30
White Springs Golf Course
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Greenville $5
North Course at Reid Memorial Park
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Springfield $10
Indian Ridge Golf Club
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Oxford $15
Woodland Golf Club Cable $19 - $30
South at NCR Country Club Kettering $90 - $105
Oxford Country Club Oxford $15 - $23
West at Prairie Trace Golf Club Wright Patterson Afb $25 - $39
Maple Course at Locust Hills Golf Club Springfield $15 - $17
East at Prairie Trace Golf Club Wright Patterson Afb $14 - $21
National Golf Links South Charleston $17 - $28
Championship Course at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace Dayton $17 - $37
WGC Golf Course Xenia $16 - $40
Warren County Armco Park Golf Course Lebanon $15.50
Moraine Country Club, The Dayton $95
Hara Greens Course Dayton $15
Dayton Country Club Dayton $74
Miami Valley Golf Club Dayton $30 - $50
Holly Hills Golf Club Waynesville $13.00 - $25.50
Stillwater Ridge Golf Club West Milton $11
Wildwood Golf Club Middletown $27
Springfield Country Club Springfield $70
Locust Course at Locust Hills Golf Club Springfield $15 - $17
Rollandia Golf Course Dayton $11.00 - $23.50
Double Eagle Golf Center Waynesville $10
Troy Country Club Troy $70 - $250
ClearCreek Golf Course Franklin $19.25 - $30.75
Mitchell Hills Club Springfield $10
Mound Golf Course Miamisburg $10 - $12
Eaton Country Club Eaton $10 - $20
Beavercreek Golf Club Beavercreek $42
Sycamore Creek Country Club Springboro $50 - $65
North at NCR Country Club Kettering $75 - $90
Echo Hills Golf Course Piqua $19 - $31
Country Club Of The North Beavercreek $89
Homestead Golf Course Tipp City $15 - $18
South Course at Reid Memorial Park Springfield $9 - $16
Piqua Country Club Piqua $50
Brown's Run Country Club Middletown $67
Walnut Grove Country Club Dayton $59
Vintage Course at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace Centerville $20
Northwood Hills Country Club Springfield $35
Cassel Hills Golf Course Vandalia $18 - $22
Rocky Lakes Golf Course Springfield $30
Sugar Valley Country Club Bellbrook $54 - $59
Urbana Country Club Urbana $60 - $75
Twin Base Golf Club Wright Patterson Afb $25 - $39
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