Mississippi Dunes Golf Links' sophisticated, 18-hole layout blankets 3,000 feet of rolling Mississippi River shoreline with manicured, bent-grass fairways and an inventive, tree-lined design. As golfers cruise over the course atop a cart or a caddy training to be an Olympic power squatter, majestic views of the river appear through groves of trees that shelter native prairie creatures. On their odyssey from tee boxes to speedy, contoured greens, golf balls must split fairways to avoid sidelines riddled with mounds, pot bunkers, and knee-high grasses—a trinity of hazards that imbue the course with a Scottish, links-style vibe. A memorable tee shot awaits at the 399-yard, par-4 fifth hole—the course's most difficult, nicknamed "Humpback" for the large mound in the middle of the fairway as well as its voracious appetite for krill—where golfers must draw or fade drives around a dogleg left.
After hacking their way across the breeze-swept links, guests can unwind at Doc's Landing Pub, where a menu of traditional grill fare, fish, and pizza sates tour-worthy appetites. Patrons can look out on the river on the Pub's patio, catch up on the day's sporting events in the glow of a flat-panel TV, or discuss how greenskeepers maintain the immaculate felt that covers the billiards table.
Mendota Heights has always had a hunger for golf. In 1961, just five years after the city's founding, the community draped nine short holes over the rolling terrain of a farm and dubbed it the Mendota Heights Par 3. It hasn't changed much over the years, still offering a forgiving layout for beginners to learn the game and more experienced golfers to practice using a mannequin leg instead of a putter. The scaled-down layout also serves as a training ground for lessons, camps, and leagues for golfers of all ages.
Lady Katherine's founder, Katherine Fossler, strives to foster a sense of sisterhood and support during workouts that emphasize sassy fun while trimming down waistlines and boosting self-esteem. She and her fleet of passionate instructors teach gals of all shapes and fitness levels to spin and twist on the studios 20 poles or to plant their feet on the ground during traditional fitness classes and the Signature program, which blends exotic dance moves into a muscle-sculpting regimen to tone cores. The 90-minute workshops cover various tantalizing topics, such as chair dancing, pole-dancing basics, and holiday-themed strip-tease sessions, which motivate ladies to don alluring garb such as a mini Mrs. Claus dress or a sultry shift made from Krampus fur. Ladies can host a private dance party to shake up girls-only gatherings, celebrating a birthday or bachelorette party with 90 minutes of dancing and posing for flirty photos.
Parkview Golf Club’s full-length driving range lets clubbers perfect their swings through the winter months. Golfers keep comfortable inside one of the three heated stalls, each equipped with a recently renovated oversize teeing area that allows ample space to swing or wind up for a hammer throw. Today’s Groupon can be used over one or several visits, so golfers can test their endurance during one thwacking frenzy or play over several visits to chart the positive effects of an all-bermuda-grass diet. Aim at this link to check stall availability.
PGA member Dave Colarusso corrects out-of-whack backswings and wobbly putter strokes during lessons held at The Ponds at Battle Creek. Colarusso is a graduate of Mississippi State University's Professional Golf Management program and has conducted more than 10,000 lessons, ensuring he knows the difference between a 3-wood and a stale Twizzler. Dave works one-on-one with students of any skill or experience level, identifying and addressing bad swing habits, discussing course-management techniques, and upgrading short games. The lessons should lay the foundation for students to reduce their golf score without turning "7" into "1" by erasing. If you don't have golf clubs, The Ponds at Battle Creek can provide a set.
Gordon Franks and Pat Worley are more than black belts. They’re ninth-degree black belts who share their chosen martial art with youngsters and adults alike through USA Karate, the school they cofounded. The school - which opened in 1973 and has been operating for more than 40 years - was featured on the local CBS station and teaches self-defense techniques that help students graduate to higher-level belts and translate into increased agility, coordination, and self-confidence.
In 1987, Brian McInerny was careening around Italy in a four-wheel, multipassenger Surrey cycle. An avid cyclist, he fell in love with this quirky contraption that he'd never seen in the United States and he immediately sought out the manufacturer and purchased a crate of them. Wheel Fun Rentals traces its origin to this very moment, as Brian changed his surrey-distribution company into a rental and tour company that spans the nation. In spite of a general suspicion of unicycles and their ulterior motives, the company's corporate philosophy espouses "Supporting active healthy lifestyles for our customers and maintaining a healthy environment for all." Wheel Fun's fleet of rentals now includes bicycles, multipassenger Surreys, scooters, surfboards, and paddle-based watercraft. They also promote green communities by offering free rentals to Big Brothers Big Sisters.