Cottonwood Creek Country Club & Golf Course has tested the mettle of south Texas golfers for more than 20 years on its nine-hole, par 27 course that stretches along 1,245 manicured yards. Each round of golf ($9/person) challenges golfers with fast, tight play over undulating bent-grass greens and fairways, perfect for practicing your short game and modeling new plaid knickers. Golfers traverse the course on carts ($6/person) to successive par 3 holes, including the signature hole No. 5, a formidable 175 yards that challenges golfers with a scenic tee shot over a rolling stream. A year-round average of 74 degrees washes gentle warmth over the course and ensures that even if golfers have a subpar game, they still get plenty of the sun’s friendly vitamin-D-filled rays.
At Bisque-it Shop, daubers of all ages stipple, stripe, and embellish singular designs on their choice of more than 300 paint-ready vessels. Armed with studio-supplied brushes, stencils, and under-glazed paints, guests seek out ceramic soul mates in the form of trinket boxes ($10–$18), dinnerware ($15–$45), or animal figurines ($10–$14) before adorning new best friends with a panchromatic coating. After completing their paint-tinged opus, guests turn works over to Bisque-it Shop’s clay caretakers, who kiln-fire artifacts to preserve designs against the abuses of microwaves, food items, and that bullying Grecian urn from down the block. The shop readies pieces for pick-up in seven days. Bisque-it Shop’s expansive atelier accommodates up to 70 painters at once, and staffers accept reservations for groups celebrating birthdays, bachelorette parties, or the 20th anniversary of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
As members of the AA Central Hockey League and winner of the 2008–2009 award for CHL Franchise of the Year, the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees harvest the passion of local sport lovers from October through March with hard-hitting, goal-laden hockey. Piloted by head coach Chris Brooks, this season's crop of aspiring hat-trickers look to inch closer to a playoff birth behind the strong play of three-star leader Tomas Klempa and sturdy goalie Juliano Pagliero. Your gold-level seat ensures spectacular views of every cheer-inducing goal, penalty, and zamboni wheelie trick.
Mountain Glacier quenches thirst with crystal-clear jugs of bottled, additive-free spring water. After delivering the water cooler and the first month’s four bottles of Mountain Glacier water, an H20-hoisting honcho will set it up, install it, and recommend the proper diet and grooming tips for the remaining three bottles. Each cooler comes with both cold and room-temperature water, suitable for cold lemonade and room-temperature water balloons. If anything should go awry, the company is quick to provide customer service and any necessary repairs.