In Wisconsin, the golf season is often limited to the short summer months?but not at Mr. Golf. When it's warm outside, Mr. Golf's facilities unfurl invitingly into the Wisconsin plains, beckoning dimpled golf balls onto the verdant landscape of its driving range, putting and chipping green, and nine-hole golf course. In the winter, the facility morphs into an ideal off-season training module. Players can whet their appetites for golf?and improve their swings?inside golf simulators or at the range, which boasts covered hitting bays. Mr. Golf also performs club-fitting services and sells new clubs for golfers tired of teeing off with a pool noodle.
Manhattan Lanes hosts classic entertainment throughout the week with open hours and league bowling opportunities on 16 well-maintained lanes. Each Friday and Saturday, the alley transforms into a cosmic bowling headquarters, with colorful lights moving to the beat of popular songs and adding realism to moon-landing re-creations. The on-site pro shop stocks a complete selection of balls, bags, shoes, and accessories, and also provides screen-printing and embroidery services for custom bowling team uniforms. Bowling lessons are available from the shop's team members, who provide expert tips on how to hunt pins in their natural environment.
Sports lovers in De Pere, Wisconsin no longer have to worry about game-hindering elements such as rain or snow. That's because they can always play a round of golf or a game of flag football inside Sports Emporium, a large indoor facility that accommodates athletic pursuits regardless of the weather. Golfers can compete on 40 courses or analyze their swing using the golf simulator, honing their skills with drivers, wedges, or garden rakes. Other athletes, meanwhile, can head to the multi-purpose field for a private game of dodgeball and kickball. They can also hit the turf as part of Sports Emporium's soccer and flag football leagues for children and adults.
A two-story brick house from the late 1800s stands within walking distance of a wooden fur-trader’s cabin from the 1700s. Just down the road, cheesemongers and printmakers ply their time-honored trades behind open storefronts, and the ringing of a blacksmith’s hammer joins with the click of a digital camera’s shutter in a soundtrack several centuries in the making. It’s safe to say that Heritage Hill State Historical Park’s anachronistic blending of historical eras might confuse an uninformed onlooker, but visitors who know better will relish the park’s four outdoor areas, each of which depicts a unique period in Wisconsin’s history. The living-history museum sits on 50 acres along the banks of the Fox River and features more than 25 original and reconstructed buildings that illustrate the lives of their residents—a list that includes French-influenced fur traders, the federal occupants of Fort Howard, and Belgian immigrants. The museum’s curators have brought these former residents back to life through strange and unexpected means; the fur-trader’s cabin was discovered almost by accident by a demolition crew who found it hidden inside a larger house. In each of the park’s areas, historic interpreters dressed according to their time period divulge facts about the buildings’ histories and their inhabitants’ day-to-day lives, which often included hours of churning butter and playing 8-bit Atari games. Five of the original on-site buildings can be found on the National Register of Historic Places, and museum groundskeepers further ensure each area’s historical accuracy by planting period-appropriate trees and plants. Tours take visitors of all ages on regular journeys through the past, and museum staffers organize field trips and summer camps especially for youth groups. Seasonal events include craft workshops, live concerts, and raucous fiddle-shredding contests.
Tucked along the east side of the bay, Shorewood Golf Course?s 2,792-yard, nine-hole layout challenges club-swingers with unforgiving fairways and small, breaking greens whose impressive upkeep earned the course an appearance and maintenance award in 2009. Since the first post-putt strut in 1931, the course?s oak- and hickory-lined fairways have invited players to overcome undulating terrain both scenic and demanding. The zenith of these hilly hazards is found on the 492-yard par 5 fourth hole, where golfers must overcome a dogleg right off the tee before hitting multiple shots to the green located at the end of a narrow fairway that encourages conga lines along its gradual incline. After a day out in the sun, golfers can adjourn to the course?s restaurant to munch on pizza and sandwiches or enjoy a frosty beverage.
Course at a Glance:
Nine-hole, par-35 course
Length of 2,792 yards from the farthest set of tees
Course rating of 35.9 from the farthest set of tees
Slope rating of 124 from the farthest set of tees
Five tee boxes for varying skill levels
Link to helpful course notes
Brothers Aric and Brad Schmiling cultivated a passion for viticulture while growing up on their parents’ Italian-style winery. After moving to Green Bay, the duo set out to remedy the area’s winery deficit by founding Captain’s Walk Winery, where trained vintner Aric produces small-batch wines in water-bent French-oak barrels. Situated in a restored pre-Civil War building, the facility entices eyes with old-fashioned design features, including plaster crown moulding, an antique tasting bar, and a television from the eighteenth century. During the summer months, an on-site herb garden mimics the flavor and aroma profile of each wine, and a year-round tasting room offers guests an unpretentious glimpse into winemaking with laid-back tastings and a cellar viewing window carved into the wooden floor.