Draped over 270 acres of rolling woodland terrain, Branch River Golf & Tennis’s 18-hole course funnels dimpled orbs through a circuit of arching fairways dotted with lush trees. After two generous starting holes, golfers must face Branch River’s daunting “Monster” hole, a 584-yard behemoth where players must tunnel drives though a fairway hemmed by trees, before determining how best to approach a creek-fortified green with a false front and fake ID. High-risk, high-reward shots abound throughout, forcing golfers to exercise sound course management as they drink in views of the picturesque par 72 course.
Along with pristine links, Branch River Golf & Tennis houses three tennis courts, a full-size outdoor pool, and an area for trap shooting. After a long day of spirited sport and swimming, guests can take a load off at dining facilities that overlook the course and graciously supply booster seats so anthropomorphic sand wedges can partake in the meal.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Course rating of 72.5 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 125 from the farthest tees * Four tee options * Click here for course layout
The instructors at De Equus Stables aim to teach their riders more than galloping or stage presence—they also believe in the therapeutic benefits of connecting with a horse. That's why, in addition to teaching saddle seat, hunt seat, and western riding styles, they host camps and clubs to meet the needs of casual equine enthusiasts. As they acquaint patrons with their mounts, they cover aspects of horse care outside of riding, such as grooming and equipment use to impart a long-term equine education. The facility’s horses vary in disposition from gentle steeds recommended for first-timers to highly trained trotters and big rigs in bridles for show competitors.
Channeling their certifications from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, the staffers often plan customized lessons based around specific emotional or physical goals. They also welcome all sorts of equestrians—and visitors who simply feel an affinity with horses—to their American Saddlebred Horse Association Youth Club, which schedules educational outings to farms, horse shows, and clinics.
Carved out of 640 acres of Wisconsin farmland, the 4.048-mile, 14-turn racetrack at Road America allows roadsters of all size and stripe to careen the original track design throughout the raceway’s full season of stock-car, motorcycle, and vintage-car collecting events. The iconic raceway, one of the fastest permanent road-racing tracks in the world, nurtures aspiring Andrettis through its driving school and accommodates gatherings with group outings, such as go-karting, snowshoeing, or geocaching adventures. On race day, guests can take advantage of golf-cart rentals to enjoy the action and fill up on snacks at some of Road America’s 13 concession stands.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 2,398 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Though Maple Lanes' main attraction is its 24 bowling lanes with automatic scoring, visitors can also step away from the pins for games of volleyball and rounds of golf on world-famous courses. As bowlers roll spares and strikes indoors, teams carry out sets and spikes on the outdoor sand volleyball courts, which host leagues and tournaments throughout the summer months. All year long, golfers hit the links on a Full Swing golf simulator, which transports them to 40 championship courses that emulate real-life wind and greens conditions. When not accidentally rolling volleyballs down the lanes or teeing up 16-pound balls, guests can order steak sandwiches, burgers, and bratwurst from the full kitchen or kick back in the lounge, where several large-screen HDTVs broadcast sporting events.