(Not included with this Groupon)
All of the hours spent at Milford Hills' shooting lanes and sporting-clays courses pay off as soon as you venture out onto the members-only hunting grounds. Five-hundred acres encompass forests, open fields, and water. Here, guides and dogs lead members through 12 fields, where the skies and trees brim with game birds including quail, ducks, and pheasants. It's not just hunters who can appreciate this setting, however. Milford Hills also hosts weddings, and an onsite pub serves a Friday fish fry.
Watertown Bowl's sprawling lanes play host to up to six players during each two-hour outing. After lacing up complimentary kicks, parties can pluck neon-hued balls from orderly racks and snag a lane with or without bumpers. After striking down all 10 pins or splitting sibling pins from their perennial feuds, each player can sip pop or beer and munch a pizza slice decked with such toppings as cheese, pepperoni, bacon, and ground beef. Themed bowling events add excitement to each outing, and groups can schedule their trips to coincide with alley happenings such as Family Thunder Alley, which charms clans with glow bowl, festive lighting, and tot-suitable music. During Weekend Thunder Alley on Saturday nights, orb-slingers can bowl in the dark as music blasts, lights flash, and balls moonwalk down the runway.
Pepper Hill Farm owner Erica Savary passes on more than two decades of riding experience during lessons, assisted by experienced equine instructors. The farm specializes in Saddleseat, a non-jumping form of English riding, and Erica tailors lessons to each rider’s goals, whether they would like to ride for enjoyment, compete in shows, or save gas money by traveling via the original horsepower. Lessons take place inside a heated indoor arena with a second-story viewing lounge, where friends and relatives can watch.
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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