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