Every club in a golfer’s bag makes an appearance at the Fox Hills Resort Golf Course, whose 45 fairways sprawl over 500 acres. The resort boasts an 18-hole Scottish-links-style course—The National—where touring professionals including Bob Hope have navigated through sculpted mounds and double greens designed by Ed Locke. The course’s 16 acres of water hazards force players to aim with precision to avoid sailing their golf carts after sunken balls.
Encircling the resort lodges nearby, the three 9-hole Fox Creek courses unfurl parkland-style fairways lined by villas and quietly weeping willows. A sprinkling of aquatic hazards keeps novices on their toes, but players can gear up for these challenges with lessons from experts such as the club’s head golf pro Josh Redo. Before tackling any of the resort’s courses, clubbers can warm up at a driving range with 70 hitting stations.
Golfers enjoy a bevy of dining options before or after rounds, including The 19th Hole Bar & Grill, where they can grab a quick brat or white-cheddar-cheese curds. The Willowview Restaurant invites diners to make reservations before tucking into steak or prime rib, and the Benchwarmers Sports Bar welcomes guests to sip a foamy brew while watching the game, lounging on an outdoor deck, or knitting a new head cover for their favorite sand wedge.
The National Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 7,010 yards * Course rating of 73.8 * Slope rating of 136 * See the scorecard * Four tee options
Fox Creek Course at a Glance: * Three 9-hole courses * White course, par 36, has length of 3,115 yards * Red course, playable as par 36 or 37, has length of 3,283 yards * Blue course, playable as par 35 or 36, has length of 2,929 yards * Each course has three tee options
Baehmann's Golf Center welcomes golfers of all ages and skill levels to fun family outings of golf, miniature golf, and driving practice at all times of the year. PGA professional instructor Dan Gogin helps players perfect their swing, while foot-golf courses combine the skills of soccer and golf for fun days out at the course.
It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.
At Underwater Connection, southeast Wisconsin’s only PADI five-star instructor-training center, an award-winning course director and a team of skilled instructors educate both undersea novices and emergency-service professionals in the art of scuba diving. Following safe, low-stress basic diving courses in a pool, teachers and students move to the open water to cover techniques that include rebreathing, underwater videography, and recovering toy-boat wrecks from flooded bathtubs. Underwater Connection provides all equipment for classes, relying on its factory-trained equipment mechanics and Aqualung Master Technician, who refill tanks and do in-house repairs on gear from brands such as Dive Rite, Poseidon, Oceanic, Aqua Lung, and Scubapro.
Zazzle.com is an intensely popular provider of personalized presents, stamping T-shirts, coffee mugs, postage, greeting cards, and more with a singular seal of your own idiosyncratic identity. Quickly customize a basic men’s T-shirt ($12.95–$19.95) to commemorate your stellar parking-lot rugby season, or go for a cutely stylized greeting card ($2.95 and up, discounts available for mass quantities). Other popular items include self-designed mugs ($13.95–$22.10) and absurdly cute pet clothes ($18.95 and up). Since each item is created on the spot by Zazzle’s nondenominational gift-making elves, more complicated orders and items may take longer to produce and ship.
If you scroll through RV Charters’ photo album, you’ll spy dozens of proud fishermen standing on the deck of charter boats, straining to lift massive salmon and steelhead above their chests. The success of these fishing trips stems partially from RV Charters' top-notch equipment—captains monitor sonars, GPS, and radars, and equip their charges with electric downriggers. They also offer tips to novice fishermen, from selecting the proper bait to imitating the salmon’s mournful mating call. In addition to hosting fishing charters, RV Charters' staff rents out lakefront condos, thereby facilitating multiday excursions across Lake Michigan.