Guiding golfers along a lush chlorophyll carpet that stretches for 6,524 yards from the back tees, the course at Choctaw Creek challenges all oncomers with tight, tree-lined fairways and treacherous approaches into elevated greens. The course's titular creek snakes its way through seven holes of the front nine, demanding cautious attention from golfers wary of the unplayable lies and amphibious gophers likely hiding in its murky depths. The back nine demands precise bifurcation of narrow fairways, lest drives stray into the fairway-lining foliage or greenside bunkers. After golfers work up ravenous appetites over 18 holes, the Creekside Grill stands at the ready to refuel them with sandwiches and house-made soups.
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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.
Science Museum Oklahoma is an exploration oasis with interactive and rotating exhibits for mad scientists, curious children, or anyone who wants to know why astronauts eat cardboard in space. With a Silver 6 membership, you'll enjoy unlimited free entry for up to six people to permanent exhibits, Science Live, and the Planetarium, plus four one-time use guest tickets and discounts at the Science Shop, Pavlov's Cafe and on birthday party rates. Explore the museum's varied exhibits, such as Destination Space, which allows budding astronauts or curious earthlings to see the actual Apollo Command Module Mission Simulator and learn the history of the Sputnik vs. Explorer 1 space race. Enjoy the playful and kid-friendly simplicity of the GadgetTrees, a playground that demonstrates simple machines. Kidnap the zoo's most cuddlesome koala, and, when a detective is on your trail, take him for a full-fledged pursuit of would-be criminals at Whodunit: The Science of Solving Crimes, which creates a real-life mystery to solve using hands-on scientific methods.
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.
Paintball Club of Choctaw’s eight playing fields accommodate all skill levels, including tikes as young as 8. Players select from various gaming styles such as capture the flag, fast-paced air ball, and themed objectives of protecting the team fort. Abiding by the club's field rules, players conquer obstacles such as picket-fence forts, wooden teepees, giant arrowheads, and cardboard trees.
Paintball Club of Choctaw has recently expended their simulated-warfare offerings, as they also host games of outdoor laser tag on two fields. During downtime, combatants can grab a bite to eat at the snack stand or simply take a breather at one of the nearby tables, where they can rethink strategy and consult dog-eared copies of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.
Water erupts in twin geysers from the tail end of riders' wakeboards as they're pulled around a lake holding a fast-moving cable. In the open water, these riders would be pulled by boats. But here, a complex series of cables runs from the hands of riders to a motor on a steel apparatus above, which drags them on high-speed rides around the lake’s circumference. Onlookers at adjacent picnic benches applaud the spectacular tricks or particularly powerful wipeouts they see, after which the dunked party swims back to shore to hop back in line for the next available cable.
Many days, visitors can find the park’s team of professional cable boarders pushing the envelope and developing new air-defying stunts off semi-submerged ramps and grind rails. The staff sets aside Mondays and Tuesdays exclusively for beginners, reserving all seven cable tows for newbies to practice gliding on the water's surface.
Originally home to Mr. William Fremont Harn, his wife Alice, and their sassy talking cow, the Harn Homestead was built in 1904 and has since become a first-rate museum that gives visitors a hands-on experience of Little House on the Prairie–time simplicities thanks to interactive exhibits and costumed re-creationists. Bring G-rated pioneer fantasies to life with an educational romp around the Homestead's seven historic buildings. Visit a one-room schoolhouse, tour the graceful Victorian dwelling, or pack a picnic to enjoy on the grassy promenade.