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Tee off with 5 public golf courses in central Ohio

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Golf Season in Central Ohio is finally here, with the Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide right around the corner (May 30–Jun 2). Columbus and it’s surrounding areas are known for some great golf courses, as four are nationally ranked.

We know all about the Muirfields and Sciotos of the area, but what about the public golf courses? Whether you are looking for a new place to play this summer, in town for the Memorial Tournament, or new to the game, here are the top five public golf courses in Central Ohio.
 
The Virtues | One Long Dr, Nashport, OH
Located just 10 miles east of Newark, this gem is ranked as the top public golf course in all of Ohio, and one of the 100 best in the United States. Formerly known as Longaberger, The Virtues offers a challenging, yet fun test of golf with great views on top of several elevated tee boxes. Holes No.4, No.8 and No.18 are commonly thought of as some of the best holes in Central Ohio. The club certainly gives off a private-feel with its immaculate greens, service and 60,000 square-foot clubhouse.

Cooks Creek | 16405 US-23, South Bloomfield, OH
This fantastic layout along the Scioto River and Walnut Creek sits under 30 minutes south of Columbus. Cooks Creek, formerly known as Raintree South, was co-designed by PGA Tour Golfer and Ohio State alum John Cook. The course is challenging for golfers at all levels but is certainly playable due to it’s forgiving fairways. Get a foursome together and you can play for just $25 a person.

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Golf Club of Dublin | 5805 Eiterman Rd, Dublin, OH
This “links-style” club will leave you feeling like you are in Dublin, Ireland, instead of Dublin, Ohio. Pot bunkers, massive fairways and greens, nothing to block the wind, and tall fescue are just a few features that give the Golf Club of Dublin its European feel. Although there are water hazards on 17 of 18 holes, the course is extremely playable for golfers of all skill-levels.

Cumberland Trail | 8244 Columbia Rd SW, Pataskala, OH
Like the previous two courses, Cumberland Trail Golf Club is designed by Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry. This layout is a bit like Golf Club of Dublin with its wide fairways, large green complexes, 10 water hazards and penal fescue. Several improvements have been made to the club over the past few years, as it now features exceptional green surfaces and a redesigned clubhouse.

Darby Creek | 19300 Orchard Rd, Marysville, OH
Just 15 minutes outside of Dublin, Darby Creek is as fun of a golf course as you can find for under $40. One of the best aspects of the course is its two unique nines, with the front-nine being named “Links” and the back-nine “Woods”. Darby Creek uses its location in the Union County countryside to set up a multitude of wind-swept Scottish style holes on the front side, and a tree-lined back-nine that sits on an old sugar-campsite, due to its many maple trees. The course has been great for local junior golfers, hosting a dozen-or-so tournaments throughout the year.

What’s your favorite public course? Let us know in the comments.

This has been a guest feature by Jack Rubin of Cbus Clubhouse. For coverage of all things golf in central Ohio, visit cbusclubhouse.com.

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Want to get away? Southwest making it cheap

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Southwest Airlines is hoping that enough of you are close to feeling safe to leave the house for more than a trip to the grocery store. In a bid to jumpstart their flagging business, Southwest has announced some pretty steep ticket discounts - as low as $49 each way to a host of cities departing from Columbus.

Flights must be booked at least 14 days in advance and travel must happen between May 26 and August 31. Most expect Ohio's 14-day travel quarantine rule to expire by August but be sure to take that into account if you decide to hop on a plane.

Some of the cities and deals we have imagined for you include:

A long weekend in Atlanta: $118 per person roundtrip from Friday, Aug 14 - Sunday the 16th. Keep in mind, it's about 100 degrees in ATL this time of year so be sure to have access to a body of water if you go.

A patriotic, weekend protest in Washington DC: $98 per person roundtrip, 4th of July weekend. See the sights (if they're open to the public) and stand somewhere with a sign with whatever outrage you have in mind.

A long 4th of July beach weekend in Ft. Lauderdale: $198 per person roundtrip from July 3-6 and you can stay at this cute Airbnb apartment that's just one block from the beach for $88/night.

Vegas baby! You're going to have to forget the weekends if you want the great flight deal. But we found August 5-7 available for $198 a person. Plus you can get into the Bellagio for $139 /night right now as an added bonus. Two nights of debauchery, a little gambling and some of the best restaurants in America. What could go wrong?

Of course, traveling may be risky business for some people and this all assumes the respective cities and attractions re-open and are relatively safe. But if you just need to get away, it's probably never been cheaper.

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¡Ándale, check out these 12 Cinco de Mayo fiestas!

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It's hard to imagine a Cinco de Mayo without the traditional tequila-induced hangover. Even though you may not be able to sip those margaritas on a sunny patio or at the bar, local restaurants have figured out a way to help you celebrate at home - margaritas included. Here's the not-so-skinny on living out your tequila and enchilada-fueled dreams.

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In order to bring a bit of normalcy back, we've teamed up with @hornitostequila and @daiquiri_daze_popup to open our doors back up for the day and serve a limited offering of some of the faves for Cinco de Mayo. Offerings include but are not limited to our basic-cable famous salsas and Columbus' most missed margs. A party pack for four will include a Spotify playlist and that good Cosecha pebble ice that MIGHT JUST help to make you feel like you're celebrating on our patio. Online pre-orders will start sometime tomorrow at www.toasttab.com/cosecha-cocina/v3 and go to the day of. Walk-in’s are also welcome! Stay safe Columbus. We miss you dearly. Thank you so, so much for your continued support and we'll see you on the other side. Offerings: • Margaritas - Single (Comes with Salt, Lime, and Pebble Ice) - Traditional - Hornitos Reposado, Dry Curacao, Fresh Lime, Agave $8 - Next Episode - Hornitos SIlver, Dry Curacao, Hibiscus, Habanero, Lime $8 • Chips and Salsas $4 Koki's Chips, Roasted Tomato and Mint and Tomatillo-Avocado salsas Single/Extra Salsa $2 • Sage Margarita Jell-O Shot $2 • Cinco De Mayo Pack for 4 $40 (4) Margaritas of your choice, (2) Orders Chips and Salsas, (4) Jello-O Shots, Spotify Playlist, Ice, Limes, Salt, Super Cool Cactus Decanter • Chicken Tinga Taco Kit for 2 $20 (Pre-Order Only) Chicken Braised in Mild Red Chillies, Corn Tortillas, Avocado Salsa, Pickled Red Onion

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Are you ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? This year our Fiesta is at your house with our 5 de Mayo Fiesta Combo 🇲🇽 You can get a combo for 2 or 4 Amigos! Each Amigo gets: • One Queso or Guacamole with fresh chips and Salsa 🧀 🥑 • Three Tacos of your choice (Shredded chicken, ground beef, or Al Pastor)🌮 • Two Lime or Flavored Margaritas We will be also dropping some 5 de Mayo T-Shirts inside some orders as a gift! But you can support our team by purchasing one for $10! *Promo available on 5/5/20 all day. Pick up only • • #eat614 #columbusfoodie #columbusfoodscene #topcolumbusrestaurants #614magazine #614eats #buckeyes #happyhour #mexicanfood #margarita #girlsnightout #tacos #guac #collegegirls #collegelife #restaurant #margarita #asseenincolumbus #college #campus #columbusfoodscene #columbusohio #osugrad #ohiostate #socialdistancing #quarantine #quarantinelife #cincodemayo #togetherasbuckeyes #osugrad

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Flanagan’s has your Saturday night covered with unique drive-in concert

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With the usual slate of summer festivals and events cancelled due to the pandemic, we're going to have to get creative if we want to have any fun at all in the weeks to come. In that spirit, the team at Flanagan's Pub in Blacklick is hosting a special drive-in concert this Saturday, May 2, that offers a good time from the relative safety of your own vehicle.

Described as "Sonic, meets drive in movie, meets live concert" on the Flanagan's Facebook page, this special event running from 6PM-9PM on Flanagan's north lawn will feature live music from artist Brad Moore, with full service carry-out food from the pub also available.

Upon arrival, drivers will directed to the field north of Flanagan's parking lot. Attendants will be on hand aid with parking, and to ensure that a proper space is left between vehicles to promote social distancing. From there, servers wearing gloves and masks will deliver a single use menus to each vehicle and handle all carryout orders. Then, it's just a matter of kicking back to enjoy the show (but please take note: Flanagan's requests that all guests at this event remain in their vehicle at all times).

To aid in parking when you arrive, Flanagan's has produced this handy map:

Flanagan's is located at 3001 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd in Blacklick. For more information, visit Flanagan's on Facebook, or reach them by phone at (614) 855-7472.

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