It’s a city that nearly 900,000 residents call home.
It features one of the largest universities in the country.
It’s also known for its 16 luxurious municipal parks.
And of course, its massive zoo.
If Dave Kurtz had his way, he would make the two-hour drive to this rather spellbinding place every year.
He isn’t particularly interested in its plethora of attractions, though.
A tour of the Franklin Park Conservatory Botanical Gardens? Nah, he’ll pass.
How about a taste of something a little European at a variety of coffee shops or restaurants in the famous historic neighborhood known as German Village? Nope, maybe some other time.
All Kurtz wants to do is hit the links at a certain venue that has both captivated and frustrated patrons for more than 80 years.
That would be the Scarlet Course.
"Getting to Columbus is on my mind," the sixth-year Hudson head boys golf coach admitted.
Kurtz hasn’t been invited to this breathtaking destination in recent years. The last time the Explorers participated on the course built near The Ohio State University campus was 2016.
They certainly enjoyed their last excursion on Interstate 71. That’s because Hudson finished ninth at the Division I state tournament.
Kurtz has a thirst for making another trek to a locale known as The Arch City to many older townsfolk.
As for his players, daydreaming about the state capital is off limits. Kurtz has urged his young men to master the menial duties before they tackle the major corporate decisions reserved strictly for CEOs.
"They should be focused on the process and not the outcome," Kurtz said. "It’s about focusing on things no one wants to do: short-game drills and putting. When you realize the process, you realize the goals. Our ultimate goal is to get back to Columbus."
The process will have its fair share of wax and wane. A golfer who doesn’t think his way through 18 holes most likely won’t post a score he desires. At the same time, overthinking can be a player’s most irrevocable nightmare.
"Every shot is its own entity," Kurtz said. "You have to have a short memory. If you hit a shot way right on a previous hole, you don’t want to think about it. Just focus on your next shot. It’s tough. There’s a lot of down time. It’s way more mental."
Even the greatest sports’ icons rarely perform their majestic feats repeatedly.
There are times when Mike Trout has looked overmatched in the batter’s box. Tiger Woods has taken his share of mulligans due to a reckless driver or an erratic putter.
And Steph Curry, who some consider the greatest marksman ever, has often seen his gorgeous stroke turn into something inexplicably detestable.
"It’s kind of like a jump shooter," Kurtz said. "He might make a decent amount of threes and then he expects the next one to go in. One question I never ask the kids is, ‘What’s your score?’ All it does is make them focus on what already happened."
Preaching a message to look ahead and expunge the past is not an exact science. Especially when you’re teaching anxious teenagers, who have a tendency to let their minds wander into an inescapable Pan’s Labyrinth.
"I tell the kids, ‘The best rounds I ever played was when I wasn’t quite sure where I stood,’" Kurtz said. "I knew I was playing well, but I didn’t know if I had a chance to shoot 66 or 67. I was thinking, ‘Oh I made another par’ and ‘I made a birdie.’ That’s what you focus on and then wash, rinse, repeat."
The players’ profound conviction to this plodding process that involves continual repetition will be essential if the Explorers want to visit a certain green utopia located in the middle of Ohio.
Here’s a hint: A quite stimulating museum known as the Center of Science and Industry makes its home there.
"Most of them have bought in," Kurtz said. "A couple of players have corrected some weaknesses from last year. You have to have the mental toughness and understanding to put forth the effort. The whole season comes down to one round."
Reporter Frank Aceto can be reached at 330-541-9444, firstname.lastname@example.org or @FrankAceto_RPC.