With few trees to knock down errant drives, the wide-open course at Kestrel Ridge rewards control and course-management skills for players negotiating its more than 6,000 yards. Players point their tee shots down the center of the fairway from one of four different sets of tees, taking care to avoid numerous lurking fairway bunkers and the water hazards that run alongside the fairways of holes 1, 8, 9, and 10. When they're not engaging in physical altercations with swirling crosswinds, visitors should take time to appreciate the open expanse of rolling Wisconsin countryside through which the course winds. The track saves its crown jewel for last, with an 18th hole that forces players to nail a small, sloping landing area from the tee and then carry their approach over a rock ravine that runs alongside the right of the hole and contains fossils of Neanderthal golfers.
After a round, tired golfers can head to the clubhouse bar for traditional pub fare or re-create dramatic putts on the two large putting greens. A driving range hosts hitters on both grass and rubber mats and challenges them to assail greens located strategically between 125 and 230 yards away.
Awarded with numerous accolades from the Golf Course Owners of Wisconsin, The Golf Club at Camelot earns recognition for the course's pristine playing conditions of wooded hills and valleys whittled into the landscape by ancient glaciers. Water flows into the picture on half of the holes, including twice on the par 5 ninth, where the fairway bend features an elongated lake and makes players hit their first and second shots with hydrophobic golf balls. On the back nine, the par 3 13th hole places golfers 120 feet higher than the green on a tee box that affords panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and acts as the best place to spot outlaw foursomes on the lam.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 71 course
Total length of 6,304 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 69.4 from the back tees
Course slope of 125 from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole
As the owners of Skydive Adventure, Bill and Donna-Marie Hasenfus run a pretty tight ship. For one, their company is a member of the United States Parachute Association, ensuring everything from its staff to its equipment is up to par. Bill himself has been jumping out of planes and training students for nearly half a century. He puts that experience to good use at Skydive Adventure: for the past two decades, the company has taught up to 1,500 first-time students in a given year. For those who just want to feel the rush of a skydive—and enjoy a bird's-eye view of Wisconsin's lakes, rivers, and seasonal changes—Skydive Adventure also offers tandem jumps.
For the students of To The Pointe Performing Arts, no dance step is just a dance step. Because the school follows a holistic approach to learning dance, every step comes with a bounty of knowledge—its place in the style, its cultural origin, the muscle movements it requires, and the discipline required to master it. Whether they're 6-year-olds encountering their first tap shoes or high-school students refining their skills in Russian ballet technique, the team of experienced dance instructors make it their business to forge not only great dancers but educated citizens of the world. In addition to youth classes, the studio also offers DanceFit and tap classes for adult students.
Resting on the northern shore of Swan Lake, the 18 holes of Portage Country Club present players with challenging obstacles formed by the dense forest groves and, on one hole, the lake's own watery expanse. This hole, the third, runs alongside the lake's lapping shores for the entirety of its length, presenting the course's most difficult test and first chance to spot a Swamp Thing in the round. It isn't exactly smooth sailing from there on out, either. Wide fairways may tempt big hitters into swinging for the fences, but varied hole designs and those ever-present tree branches often create headaches for unchecked displays of driver might.
Badger Ridge Farm's head trainer sees to it that the only limit riders have for their horseback-riding career is themselves. She gives lessons in the riding disciplines of hunter and equitation, establishing for students a strong base of skills that will take them as far as they wish—whether that be casual, yet polished riding or national shows at the American Quarter Horse Association level. Her instruction seeks to impart deep understanding of horses both in and out of the saddle, an approach that yields well-rounded riders as opposed to mere passengers.