Best Beginners' Golf

Washington Learning Center

Tucked in Newburgh Heights, a quick jog off 77, the Washington Learning Center teaches golf and character development, using the game to teach kids life skills -- don't cheat, be polite, wearing plaid pants doesn't make you a winner. They offer lessons by instructors and volunteers who serve as mentors as well as coaches, and the facilities include a 9-hole, par 3 course in addition to a well-kept driving range. And don't be fooled: The serene Metroparks course features plenty of tricks and hazards, challenging the short game of even the seasoned weekend duffer.