Patchy forest to the north and 265th Street to the south border Cedar Valley Golf Course, separating the grassy haven from miles of Iowa farmland on the other side. Within the oasis lie ponds that enter play on all but five of the holes, including hole 13, where the green juts out into a large water hazard that regularly swallows up overly-forceful approaches. Players will find themselves facing other risk-reward scenarios throughout their bout with the course, such as on hole 5, where they must either lay up or go for the green, and on hole 16, where they must decide between hitting a 210-yard shot that carries the water or just picking the ball up and carrying it to the hole.
Course at a Glance:
Bentgrass greens and fairways blended with blades of bluegrass and fescue connect across 3,284 yards to form Argue-Ment Golf Course’s nine-hole golf course. Natural wilderness, tall grass roughs, and rows of crops flanking the course stand as testaments to the horticultural conscientiousness of the family-owned facility, which minimizes the amount of pesticides used on the layout to preserve the area’s ecological integrity and create a traditional links-style course right in heart of Southcentral Wisconsin. Golfers must exercise astute club selection and confident swings to steer balls around or over water hazards, which come into play on three holes and torment hydrophobic golf balls. At the end of each fairway, small greens elude errant approaches and flummox putters with subtle breaks. Golfers can prepare for their round by enrolling in a lesson with PGA member David Haugh, who helps hone swings at the course’s practice facilities.
Course at a Glance:
Cleaved through a dense forest of trees within Wapsipinicon State Park and situated along a bend in the river of the same name, the park’s nine-hole golf course awaits golfers of all skill levels. The course stretches to 3,187 yards, challenging players with tight fairways lined by dense foliage. The history-steeped course opened in 1923, and its clubhouse followed a year later, built entirely by prison labor with rock from the river bluffs, white-oak logs hauled by horse-drawn bobsleds, and a fireplace made with the world's only fireproof stones.
With iridescent miniature golf courses in malls throughout North America, Glowgolf adds elements of phosphorescent fun to shopping sessions. Courses contain sights such as light-defying blush corals, incandescent animals, and lush foliage reminiscent of the glowing trees on Neptune. Each pass is good for three 18-hole games, giving golfers ample opportunity to get familiar with each hole's obstacles. Equipment is available on the spot, so players won't have to carry around personal clubs or seek out a bioluminescent caddie.
Nevada Bob’s helpful golf gurus equip course expeditionists with garb and gear that span the brand spectrum, including such notable names as Nike, TaylorMade, Callaway, and Cobra. Look sharp without donning fork shorts in a Whistling Straits polo shirt ($15), or protect yourself from gusts and airborne sand from the traps with a Whistling Straits windshirt ($20). In addition to keeping hands warmer, the Adidas Inertia gloves enhance grip and control ($15 for 2). Or add to your cache of ball conkers with one of many club selections, such as the Cleveland Mashie Hybird ($149.99), TaylorMade R11 Driver ($399.99), or the Adams F11 Driver ($299.99). Sphere slingers can tote their club collection on the course with the Sun Mountain Micro Cart ($169), an easier alternative than lugging them around in a shoulder bag or mastering the art of 5-iron levitation.