To step back in time to when the cedars, oaks, and pines around Wellington Golf Club were first groomed and pared away to make room for fairways and greens would be to see a landscape at once familiar and different. The year was 1919, and the sounds of cattlemen driving herds up the Chisholm Trail would ring through the air, accompanying the sights of a town not 50 years old. Yet that early course's modesty would be recognizable—and very much part of the draw.
The designers kept much of the surrounding growth intact, forcing players to thread their tee shots down somewhat narrow fairways to span the 6,201 yards. This emphasis on accuracy soaks through to the rest of the course as well. The relatively small greens' fast bent grass demands deft iron play and a soft putting touch. And getting there through variable gusts is half the challenge. But Wellington Golf Club doesn't leave its clubbers stranded in that regard—a driving range holds tees at both ends so that drivers can calibrate to different wind directions without relying on their protractors and trajectory calculations.
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Golf is a sport of physical precision and aerial dynamics, won and lost upon the pendulum of your swing. Brush up on your golf physics on Cherry Oaks' par-72 course, which boasts 18 diverse holes, freshly planted trees, tricky ridges, severe slopes, and varied fairways to challenge all skill levels (click here to read more about the course). A golf cart for one person is included in this Groupon, as is a large bag of range balls, fulfilling two of the top three wishes golf genies typically receive.
Once the location of an unassuming furniture store, the Warehouse of Terrors now crawls with otherworldly denizens whose only interest in carpentry extends to their victims’ coffins. Over the course of 20–25 grisly minutes, interlopers navigate mazes built from derelict pallets and wend their way through vignettes populated by ghastly mannequins. Zombies, specters, and clowns lie in wait in the dark rooms, between which lie claustrophobic hallways, uneven walkways, and exit signs that point only downward.
When award-winning percussionist Paul Peterson isn't showcasing his rhythmic skills live, he trains budding beat keepers at Backbeat Percussion Studios. During private lessons, he focuses not only on more common instruments, such as drum sets and snare drums, but on what he calls total percussion. This encompasses most of an orchestra's percussion section, from the rumbling timpani to the soft patter of two pillows banging against one another. Such well roundness lends Paul's students an advantage as they audition for ensembles such as drum lines or all-state orchestras. Equally useful are Paul's group lessons, where activities like drum circles help pupils adjust to playing with other musicians.
A nine-hole course ideal for a leisurely midday game or early morning jaunt, Tee Time Golf Course unfolds across level terrain unencumbered by an overabundance of sand bunkers and water hazards. Hurtling orbs sail into the sky at an onsite driving range, where players can hone swings in anticipation of holes four, five, and nine, numbers which not only signify Tee Time’s toughest obstacles, but also the toughest questions on the drivers-ed exam for a golf cart.
Since its opening in 1973, Suppesville Golf Course's nine-hole spread has enveloped golfers in a pleasant cocoon of low stress through rolling countryside. The design team of Joyce Hamm and Stanley Suppes wove strips of bermuda-grass fairway among its trees and pastures, leaving water in play on seven of the holes. Once on the small bentgrass putting surfaces, golfers must face down circuitous putting lines that, like Shakespearean sonnets scrawled into sand bunkers, are difficult to read.
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