If you’re a golfer or are working to become one, be sure to check out the LONG list of golf and golf-related activities available at the Great Parks of Hamilton County. I’ll bet one of the courses is close to you because, as they say, they really are closer than you think!
Little Miami Golf Center offers a 9-hole, par 35 (2,950 yards) regulation course and a 9-hole, par 3 (1,015 yards) course with bentgrass fairways. Golfers can polish their game on the natural turf practice area, 18-hole putting course and covered and heated year-round driving range. A full-service pro shop is open for snacks, drinks, and gear. PGA golf professionals offer private and group instruction for golfers of all levels, with junior golf programs that are recognized as some of the best in town.
You can even play FootGolf at Little Miami Golf Center. Soccer enthusiasts are welcomed to try out this new crossover sport. Players kick a soccer ball, trying to get it into a 21-inch diameter circle. Most of the rules are based on the rules of golf. FootGolf is available on Little Miami Golf Center’s regular Par 3 course every day during course hours, except during tournaments and special events. All you need to bring is a soccer ball and tennis or golf shoes (no cleats).
The covered and heated driving range at Little Miami Golf Center offers the opportunity for year-round practice while the grass tee and short game areas help the accomplished golfers sharpen their skills.
Little Miami Golf Center is located at 3811 NEWTOWN ROAD, CINCINNATI, OH 45244 | 513-561-5650
Meadow Links & Golf Academy is located in Winton Woods near The Mill Course. The facility offers a 9-hole mid-length course, a covered and heated practice tee and a natural turf practice area. Meadow Links has been recognized as one of the “Top 100 Golf Ranges in America,” as one of the “Top 50 Short Courses” in America by Golf Range Magazine and as a 2014 Golf Range Association of America “Top 50 Range as a Stand Alone Facility.”
The unique design of the natural turf practice area at Meadow Links offers the opportunity to work on different types of golf shots. Whether it’s your driver, long irons, chipping, pitching, up down and sidehill lies, natural turf practice area offers it all. The covered and heated driving range provides for year-round practice.
Meadow Links is located at 10999 MILL ROAD, CINCINNATI, OH 45240 | 513-825-3701
Miami Whitewater Forest Golf Course is a Par 71 layout with four sets of tees ranging from 4,936–6,818 yards, thereby allowing golfers of all ages and abilities to enjoy their round. Two holes stand out to each golfer: the par 5, 600 yard #5 and the par 3, 240 yard #15. Playing these two in even par is quite an accomplishment. Surrounded by natural beauty and native wildlife, every round of golf will be a unique experience leaving golfers looking forward to their next round.
Miami Whitewater Forest Golf Course is located at 8801 MOUNT HOPE ROAD, HARRISON, OH 45030 | 513-367-4627
Sharon Woods Golf Course is the oldest of the seven golf courses operated by Great Parks of Hamilton County. Opened by legendary golfer Bobby Jones in 1938, the course has stood the test of time and offers something for everyone, including beginner 6-hole leagues, outings, instructional programs, family events and competitions. Known for being a tough test of golf, the layout features holes where birdies can be made, as well as holes that will test everything you have to make par. Sharon Woods is a par 70, playing to 6,633 yards from the back tees.
Sharon Woods Golf Course is located at 11355 SWING ROAD, CINCINNATI, OH 45241 | 513-769-4325
Located in the rolling hills of the southwest corner of Hamilton County, Shawnee Lookout is “Cincinnati’s Most Scenic” golf course. Shawnee Lookout Golf Course has been challenging golfers for more than 30 years with spectacular greens, outstanding course conditions and challenging shots not seen on most golf courses in the area. Wildlife abounds at Shawnee Lookout, from white tailed deer to wild turkeys and red tailed hawks to the occasional coyote.Though the course plays just over 6,000 yards from the back tees, Shawnee Lookout provides every golfer with a unique challenge. This is no more apparent than with the difficult closing holes. Holes #15 and #18 are true three shot par 5s, #16 could be considered a three shot par 4, and #17 is a 140 yard par 3 with a blind tee shot; making pars on any of these holes goes a long way to a good score at Shawnee Lookout.
Shawnee Lookout Golf Course is located at 2030 LAWRENCEBURG ROAD, NORTH BEND, OH 45052 | 513-941-0120
Originally Winton Woods Golf Course, The Mill Course opened in 1951, making it one of the oldest public golf courses in the area. In 1993, the golf course underwent a large renovation. As a part of this renovation the current clubhouse and banquet center were constructed, multiple holes were rerouted and five lakes were added, transforming Winton Woods Golf Course into The Mill Course. The Mill Course is a par 71 layout. The course has five sets of tees that range from 3,470 yards to 6,376 yards, providing a round of enjoyment for every player. The Mill Course has five lakes and lots of wildlife. The signature hole is #8, which has a challenging tee shot over water to a difficult green that is sloped severely from back to front. This difficult par 3 can stretch to over 220 yards from the back tees.
The Mill Course is located at 1515 WEST SHARON ROAD, CINCINNATI, OH 45240 | 513-825-3770
The Vineyard Golf Course is a par 71 and measures 4,747 yards from the forward set of tees and stretches out to 6,789 yards from the championship tees. The rating and slope from the championship tees is 72.9 and 137, making The Vineyard an enjoyable experience for golfers of all ages and abilities. We have a family set of tees that measures 2,478 yards, which is excellent for beginners and juniors. We offer 10 minute tee time intervals and maintain a pace of play of four hours, 30 minutes for 18 holes.
The Vineyard Golf Course is located at 600 NORDYKE ROAD, CINCINNATI, OH 45255 | 513-474-3007
Great Gifts for the Golfer in Your Life:
Try all seven Great Parks of Hamilton County golf courses with a Play the Loop pass! For only $99 (a $55 savings), enjoy an 18-hole greens fee at each of these courses: Miami Whitewater Forest Golf Course, Sharon Woods Golf Course, Shawnee Lookout Golf Course, The Mill Course at Winton Woods and The Vineyard Golf Course at Woodland Mound. A Play the Loop pass also entitles you to one 9-hole greens fee at both Little Miami Golf Course and Meadow Links & Golf Academy. Passes can be purchased at any Great Parks golf course.
Great Parks of Hamilton County offers gift cards that make a perfect gift for any occasion! Gift cards are accepted at all golf courses, boathouses, campgrounds, gift stores, snack bars and visitor centers. Buy Online Here.
Golf Specials from Great Parks of Hamilton County:
Kids under the age of 18 play for free when accompanied by a paying parent, grandparent or legal guardian during specified times. Limit one child per paying parent.
Great Parks Golf Courses offer numerous discounts including Military discounts and First Responders’ Day at Shawnee Lookout.
In addition, you can save when you golf during these times (current as of June, 2018):
Little Miami Golf Center: April–September: Monday-Friday after 4 p.m.; October–March: Monday-Friday after 1 p.m.
Shawnee Lookout Golf Course: March-October: Any day, any time
All other Great Parks courses: April–September: Saturday & Sunday after 4 p.m.; October–March: Saturday & Sunday after 1 p.m.
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