Lake Wissota Golf and Southern Hills Golf courses feature traditional well-kempt greens and challenging obstacles. Measuring more than 6,000 yards each from start to finish, these ball-battered battlegrounds envelop players in grandiose frondescence as they steer dimpled warriors past water hazards and sand traps filled with frowns. Each hole greets gurus and greenhorns with three sets of tee boxes from which to swing, marked by specific colors according to difficulty. Rather than slow roasting clubs before rounds, players can warm up naturally with a small bucket of balls on the full-sized driving ranges, or swing equipment-toting hatchbacks up to one of the full-service pro shops to procure hole-conquering provisions. Both locations recommend scheduling tee times in advance.
Taking its name from its location along the Eau Claire River and Lake Eau Claire, EC Adventures commands a fleet of kayaks and canoes for visiting explorers. The lake bisects the river into two forks, with a different adventure waiting at each end. On the South Fork, calm waters carry paddlers north from Coon Fork County Park, offering beginners and families the chance to calmly enjoy the forested surroundings. The North Fork runs from the Lake Eau Claire Dam to Lake Altoona, where the waters hit a brisk tempo, breaking into small patches of rapids. Visitors may also enjoy the lake itself, follow a map provided for lake trips to secluded islands, sunny beaches, and patches of water frequented by indigenous fish.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
FAA-certified pilot and flight instructor Thomas Kelly of Ward Aviation Services trains aspiring aviators for recreational, private, or commercial flight at a full-service fixed-base-operator airport. In the one-hour introductory lesson, pupils practice taxiing, taking off, using in-air flight controls, and gesturing angrily at birds. Little League Lindberghs circumnavigate the celestial sphere in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk, a four-seat, single-engine ticket to the troposphere. As a finale, Kelly steers a smooth landing back onto the tarmac and records the session in a complimentary student pilot's log, appropriate for sky scouts working toward a 40-hour pilot certificate. Unwind before or after the lesson in the 24-hour pilots' lounge, complete with overstuffed leather seating, a 42-inch HDTV with cable, free WiFi, and privacy glass for practicing an implacable intercom voice.
Nestled amid 187 acres of mature wooded and rolling terrain, Chippewa Valley Golf Club’s course snakes through striking scenery, dramatic elevation changes, and precision-manicured greens. Golfers will be able to ooh and aah at striking scenery during a weekday ($38) or weekend ($44) round of golf while cruising along in comfort thanks to a cart rental. A computerized irrigation system keeps greens, fairways, and tees as fresh as the grocery produce isle, and an elevated, natural-turf driving range provides an enjoyable spot for practicing swings with a bucket of range balls ($5). Aspiring Sam Sneads can work on their short game and putting on Chippewa Valley's large practice green and bunkers. Visitors can also restock on equipment at the pro shop or refuel with tasty grub at the restaurant or by calling in a food and beverage order at hole nine and picking it up at the clubhouse on the way to hole ten (not included in Groupon). Practice your short game while dazzling friends and frenemies alike with highlight-worthy putts, thanks to today’s side deal to Chippewa Valley Golf Club.
Designed atop a moraine left by glaciers thousands of years ago, Spring Valley Golf Course showcases two distinct front and back nine sides featuring significant elevation changes due to the landscape's ancient terrain. The front nine is designed over a deposit of debris, rocks, and the scribbled wills of melting icebergs, a tricky track of holes where wind becomes a factor due to the scarcity of trees. As soon as players make the turn to the more challenging back nine, towering pine trees crowd the narrow fairways and demand extremely precise course play.
Players can browse the latest equipment or rest weary legs on the Pro Shop's welcoming porch, a prime vantage point for watching players take aim at the green of the par 3 seventh hole or swordfight with sand wedges over a disagreement concerning maximum gimme distance. The grounds also encompass a restaurant and full bar area.
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