At Hartland Glen Golf Course, players delight in the myriad challenges presented by two 18-hole championship courses. The older North Course wastes no time in showcasing its difficult design, as the second hole is guarded by four sand bunkers and a mischievous water hazard that has been an outspoken advocate for swimming floaties for four decades. The South Course has a slightly shorter layout that demands precise shots with tight, tree-lined fairways.
Players can work on their form at the practice chipping area and two putting greens or at the all-grass driving range. Professional instructors can improve swing mechanics during private and group lessons, and the staff at the club's pro shop stands ready to arm players with the latest gear from top brands such as Nike, Titleist, and Wilson. After rounds of golf or flagstick javelin, golfers can refuel with casual grill food and libations at the clubhouse restaurant.
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At Holly Lanes Bowling Center, friends and families can bond as they arc balls down one of 26 regulation-size lanes as a fully automated scoring system keeps track of all the rolling and smashing action. Every Friday and Saturday night after 8:30 p.m., the center plunges patrons into the glowing lights, fluorescent colors, and non-Euclidean pin arrangements of cosmic bowling, providing them with glimpses into their neon-tinged futures. While pins rise and fall with stoic regularity, bowlers can bite into classic hot dogs or drink frosty slushies at the on-site restaurant and bar, which boasts an extensive food-and-drinks menu (not included with this Groupon). Or, spend between-frames seconds rubbing elbows with the amiable staff and gossiping about which bowling ball is really a cantaloupe in disguise.
Mini-golf courses glow in neon colors, arcade machines jingle in celebration, and children laugh as they make their way through varied attractions. These are just a couple of the sights and sounds you can find in Rollerama and Zap Zone's massive facilities throughout Michigan and Canada. Some locations even feature amusement park rides and an area where youngsters can build and decorate their own stuffed animal to get over the strained relationship with their teddy bear. Kids can stop in to play for a couple hours of fun, or participate in a summer camp or themed party to celebrate birthdays.
Fitzone for Women’s 14 locations across Florida, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan beckon ladies of all ages and fitness levels to sweat side-by-side during supportive group classes and workouts. Each location hosts 20-minute circuit-training sessions that incorporate Nautilus machines, which increase weight in 1-pound increments, rather than the traditional 10 pounds. Fitness professionals work hand-in-hand with members to design a personalized workout plan, while group classes get bodies in shape with high-energy sessions of Zumba, strength training, kickboxing, and running away from a giant boulder rolling downhill. Fitzone for Women’s specially designed windows simultaneously let in sunlight and block views into studio from the outside, and its locker rooms have private dressing stations for an extra ounce of comfort.
The entire state of Michigan serves as the stockroom for The Great Lakes Market Place. The market's owners, husband and wife John and Sara LaCroix, scour the pleasant peninsula to fill their shelves with everything from farm fresh eggs, to baked goods, to micro-brewed beers. More than 200 total items arrive regularly from 70 plus Michigan-based producers, including Williams Cheese Co. of Linwood and Little Diablo Salsa of Brighton.
While their goods come from across Michigan, John and Sara model their market's atmosphere after the small-town grocers of old, where neighbors would spend some time chatting about supply-chain economics. They often greet customers by name, before pouring them a cup of hot coffee from The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company or scooping cones of Guernsey Ice Cream. Their market also encompasses The Great Lakes Artisan Village, which displays the creative work of Michigan-based artists including sculptors, painters, and authors.
The ponds, streams, and rolling terrain at Goodrich Country Club shape the 18-hole, par 70 course into two distinct nines. A pond may separate the first and second holes, but the front nine consists mostly of dry, straight-ahead fairways that lead to elevated greens. This straightforward first act helps players get comfortable on the course, but that doesn't mean it's a cakewalk. With a narrow fairway and trees lining the left side, the 391-yard, par-four third hole is the course's most treacherous, sometimes prompting fearful golf carts to buck and bray as they approach the tee box.
The back nine presents an entirely different challenge. Water hazards play a prominent role on six holes, requiring players to focus on accurate shotmaking and sound course management. The second nine also hosts the course's signature hole: the par-four 17th cuts a memorable route with two water hazards pinching the fairway and a pond in front of the green, which will have golfers second-guessing their club selection and searching for turtles to bounce their approach closer to the pin.
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