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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Courses

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Majestic Springs Golf Course
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Wilmington $12
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
Moss Creek Golf Club
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Clayton $16
Meadows/Woodlands at Shaker Run Golf Club
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Lebanon $25.95
Jamaica Run Golf Club
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Germantown $16
Windy Knoll Golf Club
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Springfield $13
Union City Country Club
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Union City $12
The 797 Elks Golf Club
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Wilmington $10
Green Tree Golf Club
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Lebanon $11.75
PipeStone Golf Course
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Miamisburg $34
Madden Golf Course
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Dayton $10
Sugar Isle Golf Course
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New Carlisle $12
North Course at Reid Memorial Park
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Springfield $10
Hills at Community Golf Course
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Dayton $17
Woodland/Creekside at Beechwood Golf Course
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Arcanum $13
Lakeland Golf Club
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Saint Paris $10
Lakeview/Woodland at Beechwood Golf Course
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Arcanum $13
Eagle Course at Kittyhawk Golf Center
Tee Times
Dayton $16
White Springs Golf Course
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Greenville $5
Falcon Course at Kittyhawk Golf Center
Tee Times
Dayton $10
Hawk Course at Kittyhawk Golf Center
Tee Times
Dayton $19
Dales at Community Golf Course
Tee Times
Dayton $16
Championship Course at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace Dayton $17 - $37
Sebastian Hills Golf Club
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Xenia $22
Indian Ridge Golf Club
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Oxford $22
Creekside/Lakeview at Beechwood Golf Course
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Arcanum $13
Turtle Creek Golf Course
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Greenville $10
Heatherwoode Golf Club
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Springboro $30
Woodland Golf Club Cable $19 - $30
Miami Shores Golf Club
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Troy $11
Country Side Golf Club New Paris $13
Meadowbrook at Clayton Clayton $20
Twin Run Municipal Golf Course Hamilton $15
Franklin Golf Course
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Franklin $5
Forest Hills Country Club
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Middletown $10
Vintage Course at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace Centerville $20
ClearCreek Golf Course Franklin $19.25 - $30.75
Troy Country Club Troy $70 - $250
Twin Base Golf Club Wright Patterson Afb $25 - $39
Warren County Armco Park Golf Course Lebanon $15.50
Stillwater Ridge Golf Club West Milton $11
WGC Golf Course Xenia $16 - $40
Springfield Country Club Springfield $70
Rollandia Golf Course Dayton $11.00 - $23.50
Double Eagle Golf Center Waynesville $10
Brown's Run Country Club Middletown $67
Rocky Lakes Golf Course Springfield $30
Miami Valley Golf Club Dayton $30 - $50
Oxford Country Club Oxford $15 - $23
Eaton Country Club Eaton $10 - $20
Homestead Golf Course Tipp City $15 - $18
Maple Course at Locust Hills Golf Club Springfield $15 - $17
Hara Greens Course Dayton $15
Beavercreek Golf Club Beavercreek $42
National Golf Links South Charleston $17 - $28
Dayton Country Club Dayton $74
East at Prairie Trace Golf Club Wright Patterson Afb $14 - $21
Echo Hills Golf Course Piqua $19 - $31
Sycamore Creek Country Club Springboro $50 - $65
Walnut Grove Country Club Dayton $59
Piqua Country Club Piqua $50
Locust Course at Locust Hills Golf Club Springfield $15 - $17
Cassel Hills Golf Course Vandalia $20 - $22
Urbana Country Club Urbana $60 - $75
Moraine Country Club, The Dayton $95
Sugar Valley Country Club Bellbrook $54 - $59
Country Club Of The North Beavercreek $89
Wildwood Golf Club Middletown $27
South at NCR Country Club Kettering $90 - $105
South Course at Reid Memorial Park Springfield $9 - $16
Elks 51 Golf Club Springfield $15 - $28
West at Prairie Trace Golf Club Wright Patterson Afb $25 - $39
Mound Golf Course Miamisburg $10 - $12
North at NCR Country Club Kettering $75 - $90
Mitchell Hills Club Springfield $10
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