Serving Milwaukee for more than 10 years, Gastrau's Golf Center provides peerless golf education and a year-round destination for those wishing to add distance to their drives or finesse their chip shots. Winter-bitten golfers can grab two large buckets and fling hapless dimpled spheres into the unknown from the covered and heated comfort of Gastrau's outdoor practice facility. The driving area's 16 bays shelter you from the elements so you can practice your swing amid the lull of winter or hide from the vengeful and blister-inducing sun god in the spring. PGA professional Dan Hoffman leads 30-minute lessons, bringing 13 years of experience to his instruction of budding birdie-catchers. The 30-minute lessons will cover topics such as weight transfer, torso rotation, swing plane, and cabinet refinishing. Every lesson is tailored to the individual needs and eye color of each student.
Golfers of all ages and abilities can practice short-range to midrange skills among the many pine trees that populate the nine-hole executive Woodland Golf Course. At 2,089 yards, the course presents an ideal layout for beginners or veteran pairs competing in a three-legged scramble. While short-game finesse is placed at a premium, big hitters will find space to slake a yen for yardage on three holes that measure more than 300 yards.
Towering oaks and spectacular willow trees frame Oak Hills Golf Club’s nine-hole course, standing guard as clubbers traverse the 1,845-yard, par 31 course. The relatively short layout features bunker-fortified greens, water hazards on four holes, and an elaborate system of sprinklers programmed to activate during golfers’ backswings. With no par 5's and only one hole longer than 300 yards, the course enables golfers to feasibly reach the green off the tee on eight different holes.
At the Club’s pro shop, players can peruse a wide selection of clubs with which to upgrade their old set of modified crowbars, and the 250-yard driving range offers a venue for players to test out new equipment or improve imbalanced swings. After a long day of tracing drives into the ether, golfers can retreat to The Back Nine Restaurant to enjoy a cool beverage, tuck into a meal of traditional grill fare, and watch the sun slide slowly beneath the earth's flat surface.
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SpongeBob's house is shaking, rattling, and rolling to a soundtrack of giggles. At Bounce Realm, kids bound about in large inflatables such as SpongeBob's abode, as well as a Cars moonwalk and a giant air-filled obstacle course. This inflatable world inflates imaginations and excites kids into bouts of exercise as they run, jump, and climb. In between leaps and bounds inside safe and clean bounce houses, kids sprint between arcade games and air-hockey battles. Parents can tote sock-clad little ones into this plush world for open-bounce sessions or private parties. Those shindigs can get extra festive with visits from favorite characters, such Dora the Explorer and Spider-Man. SpongeBob himself might even stop by to see what all the excitement is about.
Most pools are not designed for children, with their plunging deep ends, regular calls for "adult swim," and robust colonies of piranha. Not so at Swimtastic Swim School, where every aspect of the center's design caters to youthful aquanauts. After passing by the colorful front desk changing into their suits, kids rinse off in the warm water of the on-deck palm-tree shower. Once classes begin, swimmers dunk into the pool itself, ranging from 3.5 to 4.5 feet deep and heated to a constant, comfortable 90 degrees. In the lessons themselves, experienced instructors use the skills they learned in the center's 30-hour training course to lead small groups through the basics of water safety and proper swimming form. Regular open swims let kids show off their aquatic mastery to parents and friends and make unlimited use of the deep-end water slide.
Golf shots soar high over the grounds of Raymond Heights Family Golf Center, looking down upon a beginner-friendly complex that encompasses a nine-hole, par-3 course, a driving range, and a miniature golf course. With five holes measuring in at 100 yards or shorter, the lilliputian links help beginners find their swings and give aces a chance to flaunt their short-game prowess without having to aim chip shots at next-door neighbors' mailboxes.
Open as early as 8 a.m., the 30-stall driving range—equipped with both artificial and natural-grass hitting areas—enables late-night practice sessions with lights that activate after sundown. Glowing balls trace the night sky or roll across turf runways during moonlight play, which Raymond Heights hosts at both the par-3 course and its 18-hole mini golf course, made possible by shimmering flagsticks and caddies that locate hazards using echolocation. After a day on the links, vintage vinyl barstools offer a respite for spiky-soled shoes at the Center's full-service restaurant and bar.