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
Majestic Springs Golf Course
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Wilmington $12
Hueston Woods Golf Course
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Oxford $17
Meadows/Woodlands 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
Lakeside/Meadows at Shaker Run Golf Club
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Lebanon $25.95
Jamaica Run Golf Club
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Germantown $16
Indian Ridge Golf Club
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Oxford $22
PipeStone Golf Course
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Miamisburg $34
The 797 Elks Golf Club
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Wilmington $10
Turtle Creek Golf Course
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Greenville $10
Heatherwoode Golf Club
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Springboro $30
Falcon Course at Kittyhawk Golf Center
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Dayton $10
Green Tree Golf Club
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Lebanon $11.75
Sebastian Hills Golf Club
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Xenia $22
Twin Run Municipal Golf Course Hamilton $17 - $33
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
Brown's Run Country Club Middletown $67
Franklin Golf Course
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Franklin $5
Hills at Community Golf Course
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Dayton $17
Miami Shores Golf Club
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Troy $11
Creekside/Lakeview at Beechwood Golf Course
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Arcanum $13
Hawk Course at Kittyhawk Golf Center
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Dayton $19
Forest Hills Country Club
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Middletown $10
Lakeland Golf Club
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Saint Paris $10
Dales at Community Golf Course
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Dayton $16
Meadowbrook at Clayton Clayton $22
Woodland Golf Club Cable $19 - $30
Madden Golf Course
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Dayton $10
White Springs Golf Course
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Greenville $5
Eagle Course at Kittyhawk Golf Center
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Dayton $16
Championship Course at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace Dayton $20 - $30
Woodland/Creekside at Beechwood Golf Course
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Arcanum $13
North Course at Reid Memorial Park
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Springfield $10
Mound Golf Course Miamisburg $12 - $20
Cassel Hills Golf Course Vandalia $20 - $22
Double Eagle Golf Center Waynesville $10
Country Club Of The North Beavercreek $89
Urbana Country Club Urbana $60 - $75
Stillwater Ridge Golf Club West Milton $11
National Golf Links South Charleston $17 - $28
Miami Valley Golf Club Dayton $30 - $50
Vintage Course at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace Centerville $20 - $30
Springfield Country Club Springfield $70
Piqua Country Club Piqua $50
Locust Course at Locust Hills Golf Club Springfield $15 - $17
Twin Base Golf Club Wright Patterson Afb $20 - $33
Sycamore Creek Country Club Springboro $50 - $65
South Course at Reid Memorial Park Springfield $9 - $16
Maple Course at Locust Hills Golf Club Springfield $15 - $17
South at NCR Country Club Kettering $90 - $105
Hara Greens Course Dayton $15
Moraine Country Club, The Dayton $95
ClearCreek Golf Course Franklin $19.25 - $30.75
Walnut Grove Country Club Dayton $59
Sugar Valley Country Club Bellbrook $54 - $59
Wildwood Golf Club Middletown $27
Elks 51 Golf Club Springfield $15 - $28
Eaton Country Club Eaton $10 - $20
Troy Country Club Troy $70 - $250
East at Prairie Trace Golf Club Wright Patterson Afb $14 - $21
Rocky Lakes Golf Course Springfield $30
Homestead Golf Course Tipp City $15 - $18
West at Prairie Trace Golf Club Wright Patterson Afb $25 - $39
Echo Hills Golf Course Piqua $20
Beavercreek Golf Club Beavercreek $22 - $35
Rollandia Golf Course Dayton $11.00 - $23.50
Mitchell Hills Club Springfield $10
WGC Golf Course Xenia $16 - $40
North at NCR Country Club Kettering $75 - $90
Dayton Country Club Dayton $74
Warren County Armco Park Golf Course Lebanon $15.50
Oxford Country Club Oxford $15 - $23
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