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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Lakeside/Meadows at Shaker Run Golf Club
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Lebanon $25.95
Woodlands/Lakeside at Shaker Run Golf Club
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Lebanon $25.95
Jamaica Run Golf Club
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Germantown $16
Hueston Woods Golf Course
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Oxford $17
Windy Knoll Golf Club
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Springfield $13
Majestic Springs Golf Course
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Wilmington $12
Meadows/Woodlands at Shaker Run Golf Club
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Lebanon $25.95
Dales at Community Golf Course
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Dayton $16
Heatherwoode Golf Club
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Springboro $30
Woodland/Creekside at Beechwood Golf Course
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Arcanum $13
Creekside/Lakeview at Beechwood Golf Course
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Arcanum $13
PipeStone Golf Course
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Miamisburg $34
Sugar Isle Golf Course
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New Carlisle $12
Woodland Golf Club Cable $19 - $30
Brown's Run Country Club Middletown $67
Country Side Golf Club New Paris $13
Turtle Creek Golf Course
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Greenville $10
Union City Country Club
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Union City $12
Green Tree Golf Club
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Lebanon $11.75
Indian Ridge Golf Club
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Oxford $22
Beavercreek Golf Club Beavercreek $22 - $35
Lakeland Golf Club
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Saint Paris $10
Hills at Community Golf Course
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Dayton $17
Lakeview/Woodland at Beechwood Golf Course
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Arcanum $13
Reid Park Golf Club - North Course
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Springfield $10
White Springs Golf Course
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Greenville $5
Forest Hills Country Club
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Middletown $10
Twin Run Municipal Golf Course Hamilton $17 - $33
Franklin Golf Course
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Franklin $5
Miami Shores Golf Club
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Troy $11
Meadowbrook at Clayton Clayton $22
The 797 Elks Golf Club
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Wilmington $10
Championship Course at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace
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Centerville $23.5
Sebastian Hills Golf Club
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Xenia $22
ClearCreek Golf Course Franklin $19.25 - $30.75
Rocky Lakes Golf Course Springfield $30
Homestead Golf Course Tipp City $22 - $27
Vintage Course at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace
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Centerville $23.5
Cassel Hills Golf Course Vandalia $20 - $22
Walnut Grove Country Club Dayton $59
Piqua Country Club Piqua $50
Country Club Of The North Beavercreek $89
Echo Hills Golf Course Piqua $20
Double Eagle Golf Center Waynesville $10
Miami Valley Golf Club Dayton $30 - $50
Moraine Country Club, The Dayton $95
Mitchell Hills Club Springfield $10
National Golf Links South Charleston $17 - $28
Troy Country Club Troy $70 - $250
Eaton Country Club Eaton $10 - $20
East at Prairie Trace Golf Club Wright Patterson Afb $15 - $27
Warren County Armco Park Golf Course Lebanon $15.50
Twin Base Golf Club Wright Patterson Afb $20 - $33
Locust Course at Locust Hills Golf Club Springfield $15 - $17
Stillwater Ridge Golf Club West Milton $11
North at NCR Country Club Kettering $75 - $90
Sugar Valley Country Club Bellbrook $54 - $59
WGC Golf Course Xenia $16 - $41
Sycamore Creek Country Club Springboro $50 - $65
Mound Golf Course Miamisburg $12 - $20
Urbana Country Club Urbana $60 - $75
Reid Park Golf Club - South Course Springfield $12 - $32
Rollandia Golf Course Dayton $11.00 - $23.50
Elks 51 Golf Club Springfield $15 - $28
Wildwood Golf Club Middletown $27
Dayton Country Club Dayton $74
West at Prairie Trace Golf Club Wright Patterson Afb $15 - $27
Oxford Country Club Oxford $15 - $23
Maple Course at Locust Hills Golf Club Springfield $15 - $17
South at NCR Country Club Kettering $90 - $105
Springfield Country Club Springfield $70
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