Cardinal Hills Golf Course caters to players of all ages and skill levels with three sets of tee boxes and a traditional layout strewn with manageable challenges. On the front nine, two ponds loom menacingly on holes 5 and 6, forcing wise club selection to avoid its murky depths or wise snorkel selection to search for ancient cartwrecks. Elsewhere on the course, eight bunkers impose their powers of intimidation and dense forests line the fairways, extending their boughs into many a flight path.
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Hot off the best turnaround season in recent memory, the Cardinals are poised to make another run at the NCAA Tournament. The team is ripe with returning stars, including three-point wizard Randy Davis and 2009–10 Mid-American Conference All-Freshman Jauwan Scaife, as well as talented newcomers. Together, they're poised to pick apart opponents such as Indiana State, Kent State, and Western Michigan inside the booming confines at Worthen Arena.
Escapades Family Fun Center offers a haven for familial delight where adults can kick back and release children ages 1–15 into the safe plastic jungles of kid-dom. A massive three-story play maze invites young mouse-interpreters to scurry through a series of twists and turns before exiting via slide. A sea of colorful orbs awaits in the ball pit, allowing future Olympians to perfect the plastic backstroke or float lazily as they sip invisible piña coladas. Toddlers will find miniaturized versions of both the maze and ball pit, designed for smaller-size thrill-seekers. While offspring frolic, adults can decompress in the Quiet Room and take advantage of free WiFi.
Golf is a constantly evolving sport, and Cattails Golf Club has brought together two distinct eras and styles of the game to showcase on its front and back nines. The William Diddel-designed front nine was established in 1924, and the club remained a nine-hole course for the next 82 years, a time that saw the invention of titanium drivers and the banning of performance-enhancing mashie niblicks. In 2006 Ron Kern designed the back nine, departing from the links-style layout of the front nine in order to incorporate the dense woods and multiple creek crossings natural to the site. Bluegrass covers the tee boxes and fairways on the front nine, and bentgrass blankets the front nine’s greens as well as the back nine from tee to green.
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Since purchasing the 73-acre Piney Acres Farm in 1999, Rex Zenor and his family have put in countless hours of hard work to make it a holiday destination for families, including planting more than 50 acres of Christmas trees. Every November and December, a wagon ride whisks guests to a field full of Scotch and white pines, Frasier and Douglas firs, and Colorado blue spruces, some standing up to 16-feet tall without heels. While parents select the right tree, a visiting Santa Claus listens to youngsters' gift requests and a gift shop stocked with seasonal gifts and treats inspires return trips to Old Saint Nick as kids amend their wish lists.
Families don't have to wait for the first snowfall to plan a trip to the farm, however. September and October usher in autumn with a potpourri of family-friendly activities, including a gem-mining sluice, a pumpkin patch, and a kids area complete with a two-acre mini corn maze. Rex even designed, laid out, and cut the farm's grown-up eight-acre maze himself, and personally conjured each of the spirits that haunt it after dusk.