As the only par-three course in Chittenden County, Arrowhead Golf Course connects nine holes ranging from 90 yards to 210 yards in length. Arrowhead's small size doesn't just make it easy to slip into a carrying case after rounds: it also makes it an ideal practice course for seasoned and beginner golfers alike. Three sets of tees per hole enable golfers to lengthen and shorten their shots, and gently rolling fairways outfitted with sand bunkers, water hazards, and other quirky traits present a different challenge at every hole. After rounds, players can even continue to work on their game at Arrowhead's driving range and practice putting green. Before or after being outside, golfers can grab a bite or a drink at the onsite cafe.
Framed by the tree-spotted foothills of Vermont, Rocky Ridge Golf Club’s 18-hole course unfurls across a verdant expanse of rolling farmland. Throughout the course, elevated fairways and greens offer breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding mountains, as well as a safe lookout from which golfers can detect rival armies of croquet players. Flower beds and rocky outcrops along short-grass corridors further accent the layout’s bucolic environs. Clubbers looking for lessons can seek out golf pro Ed Coleman, who roams the grounds in a zen state attained through 20 years of coaching experience and aromatherapy that uses the odor of freshly mowed fairways. Cozy, green-side seating and tables nestled in shaded porches await golfers for post-round relaxing at the clubhouse restaurant.
A year-round hotspot at the Jay Peak Resort, Jay Peak Pump House Indoor Waterpark beckons families to slip into its colorful slides and lounge in its 100-plus-degree hot tubs. La Chute, a quick-descending slide 65’ above the water, launches visitors through a 360-degree turn before depositing them in the pool below only six seconds later. In the Mill Pond kids’ play area, children man water cannons, adjusting their trajectory to blast unsuspecting friends or hydrate parched marathon runners.
An arcade replete with 3-D games and immersive ride simulators provides a break from underwater exploits, and the snack shack quells cravings for pizza, burgers, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Adults can lounge at the poolside bar, where bartenders serve up frozen cocktails, draft beers, and firsthand advice on shark wrangling.
The Sunday River Golf Club carves through the scenic Mahoosuc Mountains to form a string of challenging holes and scenic views that earned acclaim from Golf Magazine and Golfweek. Designed by famous architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., the course rewards players with sweeping vistas; dramatic, undulating fairways; and bunkers filled with chocolate. Sharp elevation changes require precise hitting and careful club selection, and the precarious tee box locations create a floating sensation as golfers send shots soaring over tree-filled valleys. To help divot-diggers limber up for the ensuing round, today's Groupon includes unlimited practice facility usage and driving range balls as well as a clubhouse lunch of one entree with a fountain drink.
At The BIG Adventure Center, summer campers, families, and even large group functions such as birthday parties spend quality time conquering myriad activities. While patrons can take their try at laser tag and indoor rock-climbing year-round, they as well can navigate the greens of the mini-golf course from spring until fall, or hurtle down water slides from mid-June through Labor Day. Visitors can also test their mettle against virtual villains in the arcade, which is flush games such as Ms. Pac Man and air hockey. In winter months, The BIG Adventure offers nearby off-mountain fun after a day on Bethel's ski slopes.