At the base of a highland ridge overlooking the Ogden Valley, Wolf Creek Utah Golf Course showcases an 18-hole track that is both challenging and charming. Surrounded by rugged vistas of nearby mountains, the course attracts recreational and, since 1990, professional golfers, who compete in the annual Utah Golf Association Championship for bragging rights for the player with the fastest caddy rickshaw. It features water hazards that come into play on 13 holes, as well as doglegs on holes 3, 5, and 12. The ninth hole, rated the course’s most difficult, is a 579-yard straightaway with a narrow, tree-lined fairway and a green that is protected by water in the front, bunkers in the back, and a territorial flagstick that growls at incoming putts.
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Huntsville Barbecue Company's pitmasters expertly mix dry-rubbed meats with savory seasonings, slow-smoking each cut to release its full flavor. Inspired by Texans’ rich tradition of picnicking, the menu teems with home-style side dishes such as broccoli slaw and potato salad, which can be enjoyed in a cozy, history-filled setting called Jolly Boy or delivered to lunar hootenannies via the company’s catering department. From Tuesday to Saturday, dine-in visitors can build single-meat meals from classic beef brisket or load Texas-size samplers with five smoked delicacies, such as seasoned half-chickens, spicy sausages, and pork spare ribs.
With its traditional Hawaiian plate lunches, sandwiches, and salads, Hawaiian-owned Pounder's brings a delicious whiff of the Pacific to mostly landlocked north-central Utah. Its simple menu features a carnivorous cornucopia of grilled meaty treats made fresh daily. Pundits of porcine and poultry products can savor the kalua pork, a pile of pulled pork slow-cooked to luau-worthy perfection, and four different chickeny preparations, including chicken katsu, a chicken breast lightly breaded with Japanese panko and served with delectable katsu sauce for dipping. Beefy fare includes the kalbi marinated beef short ribs and the protein-packing Loco Moco, a seasoned hamburger patty smothered in a bedlam of eggs and brown gravy, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
The arctic artisans at Zeppe's Italian Water Ice concoct an innovative menu of frozen delights to satisfy even the most persnickety of sweet teeth. Cool down palates with a refreshing italian water ice—a fresh-fruit purée with the rich consistency of ice cream minus the fat, cholesterol, dairy, and incessant mobile jingle. The innovative treat comes in 25 rotating flavors (with 10 on the menu each day), including strawberry lemonade, root beer, and coconut crème ($1.59 for a kids' size, $2.29 for a regular, and $2.85 for a large). The creative menu also features old-fashioned custard, an egg-based, creamy mouth-pleaser, which showcases its rich, smooth texture in chocolate-lovers' chocolate, pure vanilla, or twist ($2.19 for a kids' size, $3.19 for a regular, $3.89 for a large).
At each of Fat Cats' five locations, strikes and spares light up the screens of automatic scoring systems. Bowling balls roll and skip down lanes in normal conditions, against retractable bumpers, or under the fluorescent glow of Thunder Alley, when the facility transforms into a music-filled fusion of a bowling alley and dance club. Each lane's crashing pins echo the softer clacking of putters at the glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course and the ringing lightshow of the arcade. Elsewhere, the scents of pizza and deep-fried bowling balls waft through the fun haven. Each Fat Cats location partners with different restaurants, including The Pizza Factory at its Salt Lake facility and Champzz Bar at the Westminster location.
Wiseguys Comedy fills Salt Lake City’s state-mandated laugh quota with its rotating schedule of local and national joke handlers. Upcoming appearances include rising comic Spencer King performing an atypical set of irreverent musings at Ogden on February 25 and 26. Equally all-ages-appropriate joke spinner Steve Soelberg, "not Kevin Bacon," steps up to the mic at Trolley Square on March 3, making audiences guffaw as hard as dentists’ trifecta of nitrous oxide, gum-tickling mouth feathers, and insistence on doing old Steve Martin routines during a fluoride treatment. Wiseguys recommends checking the comics out on YouTube to get a flavor for their acts before catching a show.