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When golfers step onto River Valley Golf Course?s newly renovated facility, they can expect to see an emerald sweep of the Raccoon River Valley, as it unfurls before them. Taking cues from that tranquility, they gracefully arc their balls over the gently doglegging fairway, avoiding the creek hugging the hole to the left. Careful second shots pop up into the sky before landing on the wide green and setting up eagle putts. With the shots sunk, golfers continue on across the remaining 17 fairways, dodging ponds on 3 holes and skirting 25 bunkers speckled throughout.

This incorporation of the landscape takes center stage on the par 3 12th. There, a partial-island green formed by a pond that almost envelops a peninsula tests accuracy. Players can take the risk overshooting the drive, play it safe by chipping on in two, or let the strategic decision overwhelm them until they?re curled up on the ground. But to help prepare for all situations, the River Valley practice facility presents golfers with a greenside practice bunker and a 300-yard range.

Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,684 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72 from the back tees * Course slope of 124 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard

22927 Valley View Trl.
Adel,
IA
US

From above, the 4-acre corn maze at Patch’s Pumpkins & Honey Farm looks like a challenge. It weaves through swaying stalks and around cleared expanses that spell out words to literate blue jays flying overhead. The maze’s mile-long pathways are dotted with checkpoints, making the labyrinth easy for families to conquer in about an hour. One of the many autumnal attractions at the farm, the corn maze and its kid-size sister entertain groups as fall sets in.

Elsewhere on the farm, the sound of a soaring pumpkin cuts through the air every hour, on the hour, as it’s fired from a novelty cannon. Trace its path and you’ll encounter striped circus tents housing all manner of diversion: a straw bale maze, a jumping pit filled with corn kernels, and a lineup of furry creatures beckoning hands at the petting zoo. To navigate all these attractions, folks can meander the grounds on foot, in the bed of an antique tractor, or atop a pony that circles its course and refuses to accept tips.

3558 L Lane
Adel,
Iowa
US

Fat Randi's Bar & Grill, a casual gathering spot where cooks grill burgers and bartenders tap brews, has a claim to fame: its hand-breaded tenderloins were ranked as one of the state's top five Best Breaded Pork Tenderloins by the Iowa Pork Producers Association. That ranking inspired Des Loines—a blog entirely dedicated to pork-tenderloin sandwiches—to review Fat Randi’s version, describing it as "nice, thick and juicy" with a "nice golden brown color,” and noted that its wealth of toppings caused it to lean to the side. The staff of Fat Randi’s hosts events regularly, such as a steak fry, Daytona 500 party, and a New Year's Day brunch.

415 Grant Street
Van Meter,
IA
US

Started as a nonprofit club back in 1974, Des Moines Skydivers originally provided a way for its skydiving-enthusiast members to enjoy an expensive passion as cheaply as possible. After upgrading its Cessna 195 to two newer models, the group expanded its focus, welcoming members of the public to Winterset Airport for first-time jumps, tandem jumps, accelerated training courses, and varied jumps for seasoned skydivers. The group also holds an annual get-together every Labor Day weekend called Dollar Daze, during which partygoers can pay a dollar to either jump from an airplane or give a quick smooch to the pilot.

3405 North 8th Avenue
Winterset,
IA
US

Started as a nonprofit club back in 1974, Des Moines Skydivers originally provided a way for its skydiving-enthusiast members to enjoy an expensive passion as cheaply as possible. After upgrading its Cessna 195 to two newer models, the group expanded its focus, welcoming members of the public to Winterset Airport for first-time jumps, tandem jumps, accelerated training courses, and varied jumps for seasoned skydivers. The group also holds an annual get-together every Labor Day weekend called Dollar Daze, during which partygoers can pay a dollar to either jump from an airplane or give a quick smooch to the pilot.

3405 N 8th Ave
Winterset,
IA
US

Aspiring horsemen and women of all stripes polish their saddle skills at Ventures Riding Center and the extensive facilities at Reichert Ranch. Whether inside the 200-foot climate-controlled indoor arena or out in one of the outdoor pens, they learn proper technique from the center's expert equestrians. While riders learn to make their horses start, stop, and gently accept a treat while passing through a coffee-shop drive-thru, friends and family can look on from one of the comfortable viewing areas.

33434 Ute Ave.
Waukee,
IA
US