The 18-hole course at Willow Creek Golf & Country Club stretches across 6,450 yards, bending around lakes and intersecting canals as it tunnels through a dense forest. Players must avoid sending golf balls into a shallow grave twice on the 15th hole, as tee shots must carry water to reach the fairway and approach shots must do the same to reach the green. On the par 37 back nine, three relatively short par 5s present birdie opportunities, with the 17th hole eminently reachable in two.
After rounds, players can head to one of the course’s culinary establishments—The Grill, The Dining Room, or the Fireside Room—to satisfy appetites and the need to brag about having the highest score.
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Brimming with 10 beers and an assortment of Old World festivities, Blue Moon’s Oktoberfest fills visitors with the customs and culture of Deutschland. Rather than bathing in a vat of mulled apple cider, guests can bask in the spirit of autumn by sampling seasonal brews such as Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale, Bob’s 47, and Warsteiner Oktoberfest (beer not included in today’s deal). Visitors will compete for T-shirts, hats, and the shotgun seat in the family Batmobile at a pretzel toss, where participants try to catch Bavarian snacks on plungers they’ve affixed to their heads. After running in the Bier Stein Challenge’s frothy relay race, fest-goers can devour hearty German cuisine from food vendors (food not included in today’s deal) or toast touchdowns with their new pint glasses as they watch a televised college-football bout. A silent auction will promote peace by raising funds for two veterans’ organizations, and a live band will help guests polka away animosity still lingering from the previous night's Monopoly game. Revelers may also enter a raffle ($1/ticket) for a chance to win Redhawks baseball tickets, a Coors Light golf bag, and a Boulevard tall metal cooler.
The lives of six strangers — a lawyer too busy to spend time with his family, a young journalist looking for a career-starting story, a widowed former cop and his mischievous son, a couple with secrets to hide — collide in this dramatic thriller from Academy Award nominated director Henry-Alex Rubin. For the official synopsis of the film, click here.
The cast features Golden-Globe winner Jason Bateman (Identity Thief, Up in the Air), Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood, Melancholia), and Paula Patton (Precious, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol). Peter Travers of Rolling Stone praised the cast's performances, highlighting Bateman's role as "just tremendous" and Skarsgard's work as simply "outstanding." Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film four out of four stars and raved: "Disconnect struck a chord with me in a way few films have in recent years." Newsweek hailed the thriller as "The Best Film of The Year."
Formerly Splatter Paintball, Avid Extreme Sports continues in its predecessor's decade-long history of outfitting paintball players for chromatic warfare. With the new name, however, came an expanded inventory of airsoft and skating gear. Paintball markers, airsoft guns, and skateboard decks hang from the walls in a wide range of styles, colors, and designs. In the center, tables and racks support defensive apparel, such as masks and padded outerwear.
But the real action kicks off on the field, where combatants clutch rental equipment as they scurry behind post-apocalyptic forts constructed from cinder blocks and piles of tires. The field also hosts long-form scenario games, often constructed as re-creations of famous infantry battles.
Isola Bella's gated community of serviced apartments boasts hotel niceties such as concierge service and access to a fleet of courtesy cars. Travelers touch down in spacious, two-bedroom accommodations, first sweeping across ceramic-tile floors in the living and dining rooms before making way to their beds’ cushy mattresses. In each flat, kitchens hum with modern appliances fueled by seven industrious dwarves, and in-unit washers and driers await to work their magic on personal linens. Complimentary breakfasts and hearty dinners fuel weekday visits; weekend guests wake up to a complimentary brunch spread on Saturdays and Sundays.
In the months after the bombing, then-Mayor Ron Norick commissioned a 350-person task force to explore ways to remember those who had died in the horrific terrorist act. Visitors will be taken on a powerful chronological tour of the complete story, including a background on terrorism, a history of the site, an audio recording of the blast, and a look at the chaos that ensued. As grim as the experience can be, the museum concludes with an uplifting showcase of hope that explores rebuilding efforts and the city coming together in support. The museum also includes a classroom and children's area for younger museumgoers.
Owned by Steve Nunno—the two-time USA Olympic coach and trainer of Olympic champion Shannon Miller—Star Gymnastics is a state-of-the-art facility where children go to get an elastic education. Classes are typically one to two hours long and cover fundamental gymnastic movements and routines. All classes are broken up by age and skill level to ensure each child receives the utmost attention during somersaults and hand stands. Fun, flips, and fitness for kids are the central themes at Star Gymnastics, and parents are invited to watch their children’s feats of grace and athleticism in the open-viewing area.
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