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