Characterized by tall oak trees, ponds, and streams, Monticello Country Club's 18-hole course stretches across 6,453 yards of fairways and greens. The course plots a winding path through the landscape, featuring multiple doglegs that favor golfers who can shape their drives or throw a 270-yard curve ball. Those looking to fine-tune their swings can employ the swing-honing powers of golf pro Kristi Dostal, who uses the club's facilities as her outdoor classroom for private and group lessons and junior camps. Name-brand gloves, clubs, hats, bags, and other course-ready gear line the racks of the club's pro shop, where players can stock up on golf accoutrements. After rounds or lessons, golfers can unwind at Otter Creek Bar & Grill with a steak sandwich, barbecue-chicken pizza, and other eats from its menu of casual American food.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,453 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 71.7 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 125 from the farthest tees
Five tee options
Since 1986, the fairways at Whispering Pines Golf Course have cut a wide path through densely packed woods of evergreen, weeping willow, and deciduous arbor. Over the 18-hole course, golfers smuggle their golf balls past reedy ponds and across rolling, heaving terrain. If golfers can make it to the final green without getting snared in forest undergrowth, they can head into the 19th Hole Bar, which procured a liquor license in 2013.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,421 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 70.9 from the back tees * Course slope of 129 from the back tees
Located just southwest of Green Lake, Big Kahuna Fun Park enchants guests with indoor and outdoor attractions including an outdoor miniature-golf course, where balls somersault down steep, faux-grass corridors packed with tricky breaks. Kids and adults can satisfy needs for speed at the go-kart track, and a slower-paced power-wheels course lets younger drivers prepare for the grown-up traffic jams looming in their futures. Guests can splash away the summer heat by ramming their inner tubes into other circular vessels at the bumper-tubes pool or take refuge from the sun in the park's indoor arcade, which also houses a Subway sandwich shop.
At a certain point, the Rum River's slow, meandering current bends around a corner on its journey south, almost stopping entirely to soak in the view of Stones Throw Golf Course. In addition to the two holes directly on the Rum River, the course features O'Neill Brook, which babbles into play on six holes, and ponds that await on four more holes. The omnipresent water hazards, along with tight tree lines that form fairway chutes through dense forests, force players to demonstrate control over ball placement and enough self-control to leave portable-party-starting slip 'n' slides in their golf bag. In an effort to further beautify the grounds, the course received a major overhaul in 2000, with 11 new holes added.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-70 course * Total length of 6,103 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 69.9 from the back tees * Course slope of 123 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole
There?s only one route to Summerland Family Fun Park?s heated pool: a 350-foot water slide (that opens in mid-June). Summerland?s other pool is accessible via bumper boats, but not all the activities are so water-centric. The park also boasts a Grand Prix track for go-karts and Indy karts, bear- and lake-themed 18-hole courses, Kid Kountry for the younger ones, and a host of other attractions ranging from batting cages to an arcade. A concessions stand helps reenergize guests' motherboards between activities with snacks such as pizza, slushies, and ice cream sundaes. Summerland Family Fun Park is located two miles east of St. Cloud on Highway 23.
More than 10,000 square feet of trampoline surfaces that beckon adventurous guests to slip off their shoes and get airborne at Enter AirMaxx - St. Cloud. Aside from the two main jump courts, where visitors can bounce around like ping pong balls in a popcorn maker, the facility also features a dodgeball court?also on a trampoline?and a foam pit that provides a cushy and safe landing pad to practice aerial maneuvers. Kids under 40" also have their own separate jump court to romp around. The arcade is a nice spot to take a breather and win prizes on the many video games.