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
Lakeside/Meadows at Shaker Run Golf Club
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Lebanon $25.95
Hueston Woods Golf Course
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Oxford $17
Meadows/Woodlands at Shaker Run Golf Club
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Lebanon $25.95
Majestic Springs Golf Course
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Wilmington $12
Windy Knoll Golf Club
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Springfield $13
Jamaica Run Golf Club
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Germantown $16
Lakeview/Woodland at Beechwood Golf Course
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Arcanum $13
Indian Ridge Golf Club
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Oxford $22
Hills at Community Golf Course
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Dayton $17
Sebastian Hills Golf Club
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Xenia $22
Falcon Course at Kittyhawk Golf Center
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Dayton $10
Franklin Golf Course
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Franklin $5
Meadowbrook at Clayton Clayton $22
Hawk Course at Kittyhawk Golf Center
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Dayton $19
Green Tree Golf Club
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Lebanon $11.75
Union City Country Club
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Union City $12
Heatherwoode Golf Club
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Springboro $30
Sugar Isle Golf Course
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New Carlisle $12
Twin Run Municipal Golf Course Hamilton $17 - $33
Dales at Community Golf Course
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Dayton $16
Eagle Course at Kittyhawk Golf Center
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Dayton $16
Creekside/Lakeview at Beechwood Golf Course
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Arcanum $13
Forest Hills Country Club
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Middletown $10
PipeStone Golf Course
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Miamisburg $34
Lakeland Golf Club
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Saint Paris $10
Championship Course at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace Dayton $20 - $30
Woodland/Creekside at Beechwood Golf Course
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Arcanum $13
Woodland Golf Club Cable $19 - $30
The 797 Elks Golf Club
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Wilmington $10
Reid Park Golf Club - North Course
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Springfield $10
Country Side Golf Club New Paris $13
Miami Shores Golf Club
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Troy $11
White Springs Golf Course
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Greenville $5
Madden Golf Course
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Dayton $10
Brown's Run Country Club Middletown $67
Turtle Creek Golf Course
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Greenville $10
ClearCreek Golf Course Franklin $19.25 - $30.75
Moraine Country Club, The Dayton $95
National Golf Links South Charleston $17 - $28
Rollandia Golf Course Dayton $11.00 - $23.50
Sugar Valley Country Club Bellbrook $54 - $59
Springfield Country Club Springfield $70
Stillwater Ridge Golf Club West Milton $11
WGC Golf Course Xenia $16 - $40
Mound Golf Course Miamisburg $12 - $20
Miami Valley Golf Club Dayton $30 - $50
Elks 51 Golf Club Springfield $15 - $28
Wildwood Golf Club Middletown $27
Sycamore Creek Country Club Springboro $50 - $65
Locust Course at Locust Hills Golf Club Springfield $15 - $17
North at NCR Country Club Kettering $75 - $90
Hara Greens Course Dayton $15
Echo Hills Golf Course Piqua $20
Oxford Country Club Oxford $15 - $23
Vintage Course at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace Centerville $20 - $30
Dayton Country Club Dayton $74
Rocky Lakes Golf Course Springfield $30
Maple Course at Locust Hills Golf Club Springfield $15 - $17
Piqua Country Club Piqua $50
East at Prairie Trace Golf Club Wright Patterson Afb $14 - $21
South at NCR Country Club Kettering $90 - $105
Urbana Country Club Urbana $60 - $75
Reid Park Golf Club - South Course Springfield $9 - $16
Twin Base Golf Club Wright Patterson Afb $20 - $33
Eaton Country Club Eaton $10 - $20
Mitchell Hills Club Springfield $10
Warren County Armco Park Golf Course Lebanon $15.50
Homestead Golf Course Tipp City $22 - $27
Walnut Grove Country Club Dayton $59
Country Club Of The North Beavercreek $89
West at Prairie Trace Golf Club Wright Patterson Afb $25 - $39
Beavercreek Golf Club Beavercreek $22 - $35
Cassel Hills Golf Course Vandalia $20 - $22
Troy Country Club Troy $70 - $250
Double Eagle Golf Center Waynesville $10
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