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The golf carts at The Woodlands Golf Club take players on a grassy roller-coaster ride over frequent changes in elevation and down fairways brimming with challenging lies at every turn. Play intertwines perilously with a winding creek at many points, with a scant three holes, like a cautious wicked witch, managing to avoid water altogether. All 18 holes launch players down zoysia grass fairways from one of four tees, challenging each club in the bag en route to greens that hold approaches and roll true. On the last hole, the newly refurbished clubhouse provides a scenic backdrop for the homestretch.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course

  • Total length of 6,418 yards from the back tees

  • Course rating of 70.6 from the back tees

  • Course slope of 123 from the back tees

  • Four sets of tees per hole

23745 North Centennial Road
Jerseyville,
IL
US

Mixing the outdoor ruggedness of paintball with the pain-free shooting of laser tag, Mission Ready Outdoor Laser Tag drops combatants of all ages into a fun-filled, bruise-free arena. Hay bales and obstacles dot the outdoor course, offering shooters a decent vantage point from which to unload volleys of laser beams in efforts to win the field. The coursemasters can accommodate large parties for special occasions or bring all of the required gear inside for private indoor sessions that forge friendships easier than legislation mandating daily compliments.

4549 Titchenal Road
Brighton,
IL
US

Eight lifeguards oversee every splish and splash conducted on the watery playgrounds at The Aquatic Center, a Wood River Parks and Recreation complex. Anchored by the commanding presence of the New Water Tree, the wading pool welcomes youngsters looking for a safe place to play or gamble water wings on who can make their fingers the pruniest. Meanwhile, older kids zoom down two four-story water slides or perfect their dives off 1- and 3-meter diving boards. An Olympic-size swimming pool gives lap swimmers plenty of room to work on their stroke, and 200 chaise lounges facilitate postlap naps and dreams of what that first bite of a gold medal might taste like.

670 Whitelaw Avenue
Wood River,
IL
US

Winner of the Places to Play-4 Star Award from Golf Digest, Belk Park Golf Course presents challenging play across 234 acres of well-manicured grounds. Water in play on five holes and a fair number of doglegs make the course difficult for players who don't pay close attention to club selection, shot trajectory, and perfectly timed spitballs. On the 5th and 14th holes, fairways veer sharply around water hazards and reward errant shots with an unfavorable lie on the lake bottom.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course
  • Total length of 6,827 yards from the back tees
  • Course rating of 71.9 from the back tees
  • Course slope of 121 from the back tees
  • Four sets of tees per hole

880 Belk Park Road
Wood River,
IL
US