Buried in the thick trees and brush outside Kent, Boulder Creek is among Ohio's best-kept golf secrets. Clumps of tall, unforgiving trees make golfers feel as if they've ventured to the fabled Monterey Peninsula. Water comes into play on seven holes, rewarding the disciplined and ruining the careless. And the course boasts enough sand to build its own beach. But the greens are generous, and there are tees for every skill level, so most golfers can escape without losing their balls - or their minds. A complete and well-kept practice facility and charming log-cabin clubhouse complete the experience. Not convinced? Freakin' Golf Digest
named it one of the country's best new courses in 2003.