One of the only golf courses of its type in the Midwest, the sprawling, lake-fronted Castle Course replicates some of the game’s best-known layouts. Golfers compete against imaginary PGA rivals on meticulous reproductions of seven legendary holes, including the 13th hole at Augusta National, and the water-surrounded, Nessie-guarded 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. You and a companion roll from dream link to dream link in an included cart, equipped with GPS to ensure foolproof navigation, and, should that fail, plenty of practice balls to act as more durable bread crumbs.
The Madison Pub Crawl aims to bring a beloved European tradition stateside. Each strategically planned outing takes participants on a walking tour of five local bars and clubs, spending an hour at each stop. Guests sip five complimentary drinks and take advantage of exclusive specials at venues such as Kollege Klub, State Street Brats, Johnny's, Wando's, and Whiskey Jack's. A free shuttle ferries partiers to the final stop, where VIP access allows them to skip the line and immediately begin enjoying the true club experience: engaging in quiet conversation.
Whether grabbing a few friends or gathering the whole family, bowling alleys offer the quintessential fun evening out, and Skipp's Bowling Center ensures that groups have a great night. Black lights serve as the only light source on select nights, during which bowling balls glow as they streak down the lanes. The staff happily puts bumpers in lanes for newbie bowlers, or blindfolds pro bowlers for an added challenge. At the bar, drinks pour freely and, inside the game room, kids and adults alike can send balls scattering across a pool table or hit the track in racing games.
Since 1928, Camp Menominee has been making summers fun and memorable for kids who visit the family-owned camp. Suited for boys of all ages, the camp strives to teach young men the importance of a good attitude, determination, and leadership through a wide variety of fun activities. Stays range from four days to eight weeks, giving young men just enough time to make lasting friendships or forget that school exists. A traditional camp with plenty of individual and team sports, Menominee has a focus on good sportsmanship and healthy competition while also practicing acceptance and positivity.
Surrounded by tall trees, the lush grasses and groomed arenas of Great Northern Riding Club look like a paradise conjured up from the imagination of Black Beauty himself. Kimberly Jo Simac, the head trainer there, has more than 25 years of equine experience under the belt of her breeches, and puts it to use during interactions with both horses and students. Each summer, trainers welcome girls for overnight camps and kids ages 7 and older for daytime lessons that culminate in a refreshing swim.
The throttling of the snowmobile engines that typically tears through Eagle River Derby Track gives way this May to the shredding of guitars for the Eagle River Mudfest. Billed as four days of music, movies, and mud, the fest shines its acoustical spotlight on Saturday's main stage, where Puddle of Mudd headlines with a catalog that spans more than a decade. Guitarist and lead vocalist Wesley Reid Scantlin scrapes a gritty edge onto lyrics in such hits as "Blurry" from 2001's multiplatinum album, Come Clean.