Designed by esteemed fairway artist P.B. Dye, Crimson Creek Golf Club's 18-hole course summons golfers with 6,992 yards of well-groomed greenery. Constantly primped by a cavalry of lawnmowers and displaced hairstylists, the course sports a high-quality grass to help putts smoothly hold their line. A segment of the scenic course runs in a wide horseshoe pattern around the north end of Lake El Reno, which—along with a series of ponds that come into play throughout the round—compensates for the layout's scarce population of trees by gobbling up errant shots. Before taking to the first tee, golfers can take a few practice cuts at the club's driving range, check out the pro shop to load up on balls, or visit the Hook-N-Slice Restaurant for a bite to eat or a fork to use as a makeshift divot tool.
Boasting a full arsenal of medals and bottle honors, Sand Hill Vineyards presents Oklahomans with premium pouring grounds. Grab a friend or loved one and sip samples of pinot grigio, merlot, and Riesling at Sand Hill's tasting room (normally a $3 tasting fee per person). You'll also receive a bottle of wine that you can take home to love and raise as your own, only to eventually consume its insides and dispose of its empty shell. Fans of white wines will appreciate a chardonnay ($12) or Riesling ($12); on the colorful end of the spectrum, try a chocolate port-style wine ($20), a cabernet reserve ($18), or choose from a number of other options.
Throughout wedding season, bells in the century-old Spanish chapel at Chapel Creek Winery ring out across the grape fields. Students of Redlands Community College's enology and viticulture program tend to the vines’ more than 46 grape varieties, taking part in each step of the winemaking process. They grow, crush, and reanimate the grapes before fermenting and bottling the wine. Guests visiting the winery can tour the fields, watch the students in action, and stomp on grapes inside wooden barrels.