Carved through dense woodland, Chase Hammond Golf Club's 18-hole course showcases a scenic backdrop and a well-manicured landscape. Throughout the course, a tapestry of towering trees sways over the edges of fairways, shrinking landing zones for the tiny Scottish pilots who steer golf balls from their dimple-size cockpits. Wildlife such as deer, turkeys, eagles, and foxes occasionally emerges from the foliage to check in on players' rounds, adding character to the vibrant fringe. Before rounds, golfers and their clubs can warm up swings at the club's driving range.
Scores of dedicated volunteers fuel the nonprofit community Muskegon Civic Theatre, which has entertained western Michigan audiences with classic and contemporary shows since 1985. The catchy melodies, energetic cast, and colorful sets of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat resuscitate the Old Testament in the historic Frauenthal Center. Musical styles ranging from country-western to calypso drive the biblical story that follows Joseph and his kaleidoscopic coat from his enslavement to his eventual inception as the dream interpreter of the Pharaoh and number-one active-wear model in Egypt.
A nonprofit movie house, The Harbor Theater offers cinefiles a welcome reprieve from stale screen fillers by stocking its theater with rich, artistic, and fresh independent and foreign films. Sharpen subtitle-reading skills by catching an upcoming screening of The Illusionist (coming soon), an animated feature from the French filmmakers behind The Triplets of Belleville. Or brush up on American history with Made in Dageham, a period drama exploring sexual discrimination during a 1968 walkout at the Ford Dageham plant.
The Muskegon Lumberjacks continue to mow down their United States Hockey League competition with a brand of fast and physical hockey that draws on their student athletes’ strengths and prepares them for the breakneck speeds of college or the NHL. Head Coach Kevin Patrick draws on his experience as an assistant with the University of Wisconsin’s 2006 NCAA championship team to ensure that the squad stays one skate ahead of its opponents, forcing his players to practice with their skates covered in half-dried maple syrup. The Jacks will certainly have a leg up on defense, as Minnesota Wild draftee Nick Seeler freezes oncoming forwards with frequent stick slaps and Army recruit Christian Pomarico awaits enemies in his snow-camouflage coveralls.
Founded by a ski tech with experience working at a premier Colorado resort, Northern Edge specializes in skiing and snowboarding, offering the kind of personalized care that’s often unavailable at larger sporting-goods stores. Skilled staffers with several years of experience handling winter equipment will tune your skis or snowboard in-house, generally on the spot while you wait. Sharpened edges will bite through ice and protect your pricey investment for winters to come. After the edges are sufficiently honed, the tuner will pamper your board or skis with a coat of hot wax, followed by a detailed buffering. This treatment will reduce snow friction, producing a smoother, faster ride to help snow-surfers shake off ravenous, snowmobile-riding mountain goats.
As the sun sets in Holton, wicked things come out to play at the Trail of Terror haunted trail. Zombie butchers, clowns, and more lurk just beyond trees and bushes from dusk until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in October. The trail's performers also bring to life scenes from classic horror movies such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Motel Hell. For those who survive the trail, onsite vendors sell apparel and tasty snacks at the concession stands. Trail of Terror Holton is not recommended for individuals with heart conditions, and though it maintains an all-ages policy, parental discretion is advised.