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