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Thursday

Golfing In Mercer County Pennsylvania

I live in Mercer County in Pennsylvania and I can tell you we have some of the very best Golf Courses around,  In fact. Golf Digest rated Mercer County and its region one of the top 10 golf destinations in the country.     We boast more than 25 Golf Courses

Avalon At Buhl Park Country Club ~ Avalon Course
18 holes over 6,185 yards with a par of 70 (Public)
1030 Forker Blvd
Sharon, Pa 16148-1566
(724) 981-6705
Borland Golf Center Regulation Course
9 holes over 3,481 yards with a par of 36 (Public)
172 Borowicz Rd
New Wilmington, Pa 16142-1718
(724) 946-2371

Borland Golf Center Par - 3 Course
9 holes over 1,435 yards with a par of 27 (Public)
172 Borowicz Rd
New Wilmington, Pa 16142-1718
(724) 946-2371

Buhl Farm Golf Course ~ Buhl Farm Course
9 holes over 2,378 yards with a par of 34 (Public)
1290 Forker Blvd
Hermitage, Pa 16148-1506
(724) 962-1943

Castle Hills Golf Course ~ Castle Hills Course
18 holes over 6,501 yards with a par of 72 (Public)
110 W Oakwood Way
New Castle, Pa 16105-9180
(724) 652-8122

Greenville The Greens Golf Course
18 holes over 6,512 yards with a par of 72 (Public)
365 Mercer Rd
Greenville, PA 16125-9773
(724) 588-6020
Grove City Country Club ~ Grove City Golf Course
18 holes over 6,647 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity)
73 Country Club Rd
Grove City, Pennsylvania  16127-4125
(724) 748-3493

Green Meadows Golf Course ~ Green Meadows Course
18 holes over 6,504 yards with a par of 72 (Public)
193 Green Meadows Ln
Volant, Pa 16156-5223
(724) 530-7330

Mercer Golf Course
18 holes over 6,490 yards with a par of 72 (Public)
281 Golf Rd
Mercer, PA 16137-1898
(724) 662-9951

New Castle Country Club Golf Course
18 holes over 6,657 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity)
3245 Wilmington Rd
New Castle, PA 16105-1158
(724) 654-1341

Oakview Golf Club ~ Oakview Golf Course
18 holes over 7,230 yards with a par of 73 (Public)
160 Ralston Rd
Slippery Rock, Pa 16057-3528
(724) 794-1173
Oak Tree Country Club ~ Oak Tree Golf Course
18 holes over 6,647 yards with a par of 71 (Public)
48 State Line Rd
West Middlesex, Pa 16159-2236
(724) 528-9984

Pleasant Acres Golf Course
18 holes over 6,351 yards with a par of 71 (Public)
240 Tower Rd
Jamestown, PA 16134-9601
(724) 932-5907

Pine Grove Golf Course
18 holes over 5,833 yards with a par of 72 (Public)
38 Fairway Dr
Grove City, PA 16127-4860
(724) 458-8394

Pine Hill Golf Course
18 holes over 6,013 yards with a par of 72 (Public)
263 Leech Rd
Greenville, PA 16125-9428
(724) 588-8053
Rolling Hills Golf Course
18 holes over 6,000 yards with a par of 71 (Public)
1092 Route 208
Pulaski, PA 16143
(724) 964-8201

Shamrock Public Golf Course
9 holes over 2,686 yards with a par of 35 (Public)
481 Grove City Rd
Slippery Rock, PA 16057-2525
(724) 794-3030

Shenango Lake Golf Course
18 holes over 6,150 yards with a par of 72 (Public)
99 Birchwood Dr
Transfer, Pennsylvania  16154-2405
(724) 962-9875

Spring Valley Golf Course
18 holes over 5,797 yards with a par of 71 (Public)
496 Bestwick Rd
Mercer, PA 16137-3006
(724) 662-1999

Sylvan Heights Municipal Golf Course
18 holes over 6,281 yards with a par of 71 (Municipal)
2661 Ellwood Rd
New Castle, Pa 16101-6217
(724) 658-8021

Tam O'Shanter Golf Course
18 holes over 6,537 yards with a par of 71 (Public)
2961 S Hermitage Rd
Hermitage, PA 16148-7087
(724) 981-3552

Tanglewood Golf Course
18 holes over 6,053 yards with a par of 72 (Public)
318 Tanglewood Rd
Pulaski, PA 16143-4118
(800) 465-9610

Valley View Golf Course CLOSED!!
9 holes over 3,015 yards with a par of 35 (Public)
150 Valley View Rd
Harrisville, Pennsylvania 16038-1328

VFW Golf Course
18 holes over 6,405 yards with a par of 72 (Public)
4856 E State St
Hermitage, PA 16148
(724) 346-6903

Willow Hills Golf Course
9 holes over 1,190 yards with a par of 27 (Public)
109 George Junior Rd
Grove City, Pennsylvania  16127-4221
(724) 748-3375






Saturday

Cincinnatti Ohio ~ Rubber Duck

This Big Rubber Duck sits on top the Grant Thornton building in Cincinnatti, Ohio.  This can be seen from I 71.   I am not sure that they leave the duck up year round but it is there in August getting ready for the Rubber Duck Regatta.


In Cincinnatti, the rubber duck is the symbol for The Rubber Duck Regatta.  It is where the Freestore Foodbank  hosts The Rubber Duck Regatta during Riverfest (The end of summer).   This usually takes place the first week of September.

People buy small rubber ducks and all the ducks are dropped in the Ohio River during the Riverfest.    The owner of the Duck that crosses the finish line first wins a huge prize, one year it was a car.  Then there are smaller prizes given out also.

There have been as many as 142,000 small ducks dropped in the river.  The Freestore Foodbank uses the money it makes to feed hungry families throughout Greater Cincinnatti.

Saturday

Cleveland Botanical Garden ~ Cleveland Ohio

Most Botanical Gardens I have been to are ho hum and not very enjoyable for the kids.  In the Cleveland Botanical Garden, they get the kids right in there with their Humongous lady bugs, giant flowers and HUGE garden tools.

In the Wonderland of Fanciful Display, the kids can run free in a hedge maze, they can also join in an imagination tea party and there is so much more for them to do.


 
Not only will the kids enjoy the Cleveland Botanical Garden, but adults will love all the different flowers and displays they have set up along the way.


If you happen to be in Cleveland, Ohio and are looking for a place to visit, this is a must see.


Cleveland Botanical Garden

11030 East Boulevard

Cleveland, Ohio

216-721-1600

Thursday

Montana's Country Cafe ~ Marble Pennsylvania

We are always looking for a new place to eat when we visit my Daughter in Leeper, Pennsylvania.    I know we have driven by this place 100 times and to tell you the truth, I never seen it.

It is pretty far out in the country and I am pretty sure they only get the locals.     Since we had never been here before, we had no idea what to expect or if the food was good.

 
There are a couple of rooms to sit in and we tried to sit as far away from the door as possible.  It was cold that day and I didn't want to freeze every time the door opened.
 
 You can't see very well, but they have fresh homemade pies in their little display case.


Because I try to eat for the candida diet, I have a hard time at most restaurants finding anything to eat.  They usually drown everything in butter.

When our waitress came over to take our order  (by the way... she is a friend of my Granddaughters)  anyway, I ask for my steak grilled with no seasoning and my carrots with nothing on them... the same for my potatoes.    I don't usually eat white potatoes but sometimes you gotta eat what you can find.
Everything came just the way I ordered it.
 
When a restaurant can get my food the way I want it.... I will go back.
 
Not only did I get my food the way I wanted it but everyone said how good their food tasted.  My Daughter got a hot roast beef sandwich and my Hubs ordered Country Fried Chicken.
 
My Daughter told me this restaurant was in Fryburg, Pa, but it is actually in Marble which is just up the road from Fryburg.

Montana's Country Cafe
18086 Route 208
Marble, Pennsylvania
814-354-7376

Friday

San Jaun National Historic Site ~ San Juan Puerto Rico

The San Jauan National Historic Site includes many forts, including Castillo San Cristobal, Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Fortin San Jaun de la Cruz , which locals call El Canuelo.
 
 
We visited so many forts that I got kind of bored with them.   The guys enjoyed them because some of them had a lot of old relics they could look at.
 
If you are interested in touring old forts and are ever in San Juan, you will be in your glory.

Look how high up I got.  I didn't think I would ever make it up there.
 
We tried to get a picture of us through a little archway, but even with the camera flash, everything was dark.   I love the back round though.

 

Gardens Of Villa des Pitons ~ Heaven on the Hill ~ Soufriere St Lucia

They have some very beautiful gardens here and well worth spending some of the day site seeing.
 
This is the first time ever for me to see how nutmeg grows.   I even bought some fresh nutmeg.  It tastes nothing like what I use from the bottles I buy.  Fresh is the best.
I just enjoyed looking at all the beautiful tropical plants and flowers.  
 
If I had the chance... I would live where it is warm year round!!