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.
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.
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.
Loopy's calls itself a "place for everyone" because it truly does offer a little bit of everything. It takes advantage of its riverside location to create a year-round summer-camp vibe, with a grill that sports a menu of housemade pizzas, burgers, and sandwiches. During warm months, guests can rent kayaks and canoes to take down the Chippewa River, or stick around and enjoy indoor and outdoor volleyball year-round.