At Cabot Miniature Golf, balls tumble down undulating greens past landscapes adorned with well-maintained shrubs and animal statues. Games unfold in all kinds of weather on the illuminated 18-hole course, where giant windmills and miniature ponds obstruct each ball’s path to a hole-in-one. On the adjoining driving range, orbs soar above more than 200 yards of real turf until 10 p.m. as a sand trap tries to swallow balls rolling across the practice putting green in an effort to feed the sand monster living inside of it.
After rounds of golf, a small playground entices kids to play, and two covered, colorfully lit pavilions shelter guests enjoying post-game snacks. Cabot Miniature Golf also includes mini storage units, which are guarded by extra-heavy bar-tube fencing and a coded entry system. This facility can also store large objects such as cars, RVs, and boats.
Prevail Fitness keeps its doors open 24 hours a day, seven days a week so that exercise fanatics can burn calories and midnight oil alike with a large free-weight area, FreeMotion and Cybex Eagle circuit equipment, and more than 30 pieces of cardio equipment. Social sweaters, meanwhile, can mingle during one of the 30 aerobics classes scheduled each week, including yoga, Zumba, and cardio dance. During two one-hour personal-training sessions, a certified trainer strengthens core muscles with a carefully calibrated workout regimen while doling out detailed advice, such as how many bench presses it takes to become invulnerable to javelins. Free childcare ensures that parents can get their sweat on without the hassle of storing infants inside their mouths.
The 18-hole golf course at Greystone Country Club rollicks through the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, skirting past rocky outcroppings and pristine waterfalls. Architect Kevin Tucker molded the course to take advantage of these natural features, and then expanded upon them with additions such as the resplendent zoysia fairways and mini verde greens. The result is an outdoorsy challenge that forces players of all skill levels to demonstrate proficiency with every club in the bag, from the putter to the putt-conceding magic wand. After shaking hands on the 18th green, groups can then retire to the club's bar and grille, The Nines, where french fries can help tally overall scores.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 72 course * 7,051 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 74.8 * Course slope of 137 * Five sets of tees
Cypress Creek Golf Course slinks through Greystone subdivision, adding up to a 7,392-yard length that requires accuracy and length in equal measure. Designer Kevin Tucker drew up the course blueprint with aqua in mind; golfers confront water on 13 of the course’s 18 holes. Players must clear a meandering creek on the par-5 3rd hole, nimbly avoiding it off the tee, on their approach. Both hole 12 and hole 18 take hard doglegs left around a lake, while the par-3 16th hole features a dramatic shot into a unique island green, reminiscent of the famous 17th hole of the TPC at Sawgrass’s Stadium Course.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Total length of 7,392 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 74.9 from the back tees * Course slope of 136 from the back tees
T-Square’s 40-acre playing area is a menacing wooded battlefield containing military-style tanks, obstacles, and foxholes from which to taunt, shoot, and telepathically tickle opponents. This Groupon takes care of the field fee ($10), which includes unlimited CO2, 100 paintballs, referees to ensure fair play, and all-day field access. The rental of a high-quality semi-automatic paintball gun and a face mask is also included ($5). For trigger-happy targeters, T-Square offers additional rounds of paintballs for purchase—increase your inventory with 100 ($5), 500 ($20), or 2,000 ($60) paintballs. Beginners and advanced sharpshooters alike will take to the field for rousing games of “attack and defend,” “arena ball,” “capture the flag,” and its not-so-popular offshoot, “let’s all talk this out before making any rash decisions.” There is an elevated viewing area for non-players to watch the games and shout out defensive strategies in Morse code.
A lifelong golfer who has putted and driven her way to three Women's U.S. Opens while earning her way in to the PGA Quarter Century Club, course professional Dawn Darter knows the ins, overs, and outs of The Greens' stunningly styled slopes—as well as its recently renovated greens and fairways. During each 45-minute private lesson, Darter tweaks swing mechanics with exercises that incorporate posture, wrist motion, and diaphragm control for more pleasant-sounding victory yodels. Mentor and PGA Professional Life Member Tom Hanson is also on-hand to instruct golfers in new tactics for skimming strokes from long and short games. If you'd rather skip to the part where you hit a ball so hard that it circumnavigates the globe and clonks you in the back of the head, head to the driving range area with a ball key card worth 12 large buckets, or 576 golf balls, and spend an afternoon blissfully pretending that each ball is the unusually small, dimpled white head of your boss.