A private club for more than a century, Rolling Hills Country Club has opened the gates to its immaculate emerald corridors, inviting golfers of all stripes to drive, pitch, and putt their way across its 6,540-yard, tree-lined course. Sculpted through the rolling clay of the Wisconsin countryside, seven of the course's holes maintain the same shape, location, and old-timey mustache of the original 1896 layout. Streams and ponds complicate passage on several holes, including the par 5 fifth hole, where ponds on either side of the fairway contribute to the 539-yard behemoth’s distinction as the course's most difficult. After hacking their way through the pristine par 71, clubbers can retreat to the clubhouse, which boasts a pro shop stocked with apparel and accessories, a full-service bar and grill, and a locker room where players can change clothes and sample the flavors of grass caught between their shoe spikes.
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Players at AKA Combat Entertainment use full-metal laser-tagging rifles to shoot at their opponents as they all strive to be the last one standing. These high-tech taggers are configurable to add a bit a variety to every game. The staff at AKA Combat Entertainment, which is led by a former member of the military, add excitement to these matches with organized scenarios, such as capture the flag, escort, and sniper on a boot-camp-style course comprising six buildings and multiple starting points. A field referee oversees each scenario to ensure that everyone’s playing safely and fairly.
Driven by a desire to share the life-changing potential of martial arts, Dean Konley founded American Dojo in 1994. But his journey to that point wasn’t easy. As a child, Konley struggled with dyslexia, a condition that followed him into adolescence. Weighed down by bullying and constant frustration, he resorted to destructive behavior. Then, Konley found martial arts. Practicing martial arts gave Konley an outlet, and it quickly became a source of the success, discipline, and self-confidence he’d lacked in other areas of life. Konley earned his first black belt in 1986 and hasn’t quit progressing since.
Today, alongside his wife, Virginia, and a staff of highly trained instructors, Konley heads two American Dojo locations. Both of Konley’s facilities are family-oriented, and both offer classes for students as young as 4. Beyond empowering its members through goal-oriented lessons and programs, American Dojo opens its doors for birthday parties, too, allowing youngsters to burn off energy in a more positive manner than teaching the dog how to count cards at the casino.
Five trails descend down the slopes at Highlands of Olympia, ranging from the beginner-friendly bunny hill to the East Bowl, a black diamond that challenges advanced skiers to face the biting winds as they carve through the incline. The mountain also features a terrain park where snowboarders grind over rails and boxes, and tow ropes pull inner tubes up the hill before they are released for a speedy 1,000-foot-long descent that covers a 60-foot vertical drop. A half-hour’s drive from downtown Milwaukee, Highlands packs a day’s worth of entertainment into the neatly packed snow, from the onsite bar and restaurant to lessons in which instructors impart the secrets of picking up ham-radio signals with outstretched ski poles.
A vibrant array of paintings adorns the brick and white walls of Arte Wine and Painting Studio. Instructors don paint-flecked berets and saddle up to easels before embarking on step-by-step lessons in drawing fruit bowls or tracing hand turkeys. The studio often plays host to girls’ nights, birthday parties, and date nights, and welcomes students of all artistic abilities to enjoy wine and snacks throughout the session.
Kettle Moraine Golf Club's 18-hole course weaves through an emerald tapestry of tranquil wetlands and towering arbors for 6,440 yards of leisurely golf. While not an overwhelmingly long course, length and precision off of the tee will allow players to cut corners on the course's multiple dogleg fairways, though airborne orbs must remain vigilant of the course's rippling ponds, thickets of marsh grasses, and naturally blossoming bogey plants. Alongside the pristine par 72, clubbers can groove shots at the club's driving range, where they may encounter PGA pro Rick Callies sanding down the rough-edged swings of attentive pupils. The course's gently undulating fairways and greens converge at the Scorecard Lounge, where guests can recapitulate memorable shots over a frothy pint or glass of freshly squeezed range balls. The Club also encompasses a fully stocked pro shop and a stately banquet hall, which overlooks the grounds and sports an elegant stone fireplace.
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