Nestled along the banks of Lake Bridgeport, The Golf Club at Runaway Bay spans 7,032 yards of tree-lined fairways and bent-grass greens. As players make their way through the course, they'll occasionally spot the sprawling lake from hillcrests or places where the trees have parted to dodge errant balls. Though there are challenging holes throughout the entire course, golfers should save their best swings for the turn. Both lengthy par-fours with a slightly bending fairway, the 9th and 10th holes are the course's most difficult. To prepare for their round, golfers can rehearse their swing at the driving range or get a feel for the putting surfaces with a picnic on the practice green.
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While Trail of Fear is now Oklahoma's largest haunted attraction, Hauntworld.com reveals that the original format was a small, roadside hay maze operated by a father and son in 1998. Today, a three-story pyramid looms above the theme park's frightful environs and prowling actors. Creators Bob Wright Sr. and Bob Wright Jr. supervise a staff of more than 100—a vast increase from their first crew of approximately 15 people and a few rusty table fans—as they guide visitors through four nightmarish worlds. Though the majority of these helpers return to the job each season with fiendish devotion, their strategies for harvesting screams evolve every year to surprise even the most loyal fans.
The Voodoo Bayou has proven to be Trail of Fear's most intense experience, where ghastly creatures dart from their swampland dens to spook trespassers and ask directions to the nearest zombie hoedown. Elsewhere, a maniacal ringmaster oversees the disorienting maze and murderous clowns of Cirque de Morte, and malformed test subjects rise from The Experiment's excavation and lab sites. Laughter and gasps join the chorus of screams at the Crispy Family Carnival, where performers inject dark humor into their classic sideshow acts, which can be viewed at the Thunderbird Trail of Fear.
On the Halloween Midway, Boo House BBQ supplies fuel for brave souls in the form of burgers and brisket. Fairground games embrace macabre twists; past activities include a severed-head toss and live-zombie target practice. For younger children, Pumpkin Junction entertains with scary stories and magic tricks on select nights. A portion of Trail of Fear's proceeds go to benefit a specific charity every year, contributing thousands of dollars to community causes.
Freedom Lanes welcomes pin bashers to its newly renovated bowling facility seven days per week. Invite three family members or their stunt doubles for 20 frames of friendly competition refereed by a specialized scoring system. Smooth-soled bowling shoes help players pivot as they launch balls down the sleek lanes, using the sheer power of their wrists or the assistance of game-changing bumpers. Toast thrilling games with bubbly sodas and stuff smack-talking mouths with savory slices of pizza, or sate lingering tummy grumbles with myriad entrees from Freedom Lanes’ extensive lunch and dinner menu (not included with this Groupon).
During your month-long trial membership at Anytime Fitness ($99 enrollment fee, $45 for fitness, $49 charge for key), you can re-bloom your wilted health with the state-of-the-art facility's diverse range of cardio and strength equipment. Exploit muscles for non-financial gain with free weights, tone legs on the treadmills, undergo a demanding tour de fitness-center via exercise bikes, or just catch up on reruns of Homeboys from Outer Space on the flat-screen TVs located on the treadmills, ellipticals, and Lifecycle machines. If the flawed workout plan you concocted yourself results only in frighteningly muscular ring fingers, one of Anytime's motivating trainers can prescribe a regimen designed to help you meet your fitness goals during the personal-training session included in your trial membership ($60). Complete the sculpting of your flesh-statue with an Apollo finish in Anytime's tanning beds ($29 tanning fee), and then purify yourself of sweat and fried-cheese memories in Anytime's private showers.
Ed Hewett measures his experience not just in years, but also in dives—he’s plunged into American freshwater lakes and the world’s oceans more than 5,000 times. As the course director at Dive Pros, Hewett leads a team of NAUI- and PADI-certified scuba instructors and dive experts as they train students individually or in groups of up to 20 during basic and advanced open-water certification courses. Seasoned divers seeking deeper instruction can pursue Nitrox, Rescue Diver, and Instructor Trainer courses or ask for tips on how to balance beach balls on their noses underwater. Though instructors train locally, they also lead group dive trips to the cerulean waters of Cozumel, the Galápagos Islands, and Roatán—the largest of Honduras's Bay Islands. To equip divers for each plunge, the team also deals in trusted equipment by brands such as ScubaPro, Oceanic, and Bare.
Mud-covered creatures slide down hills, slither over ropes, and plunge headfirst into tangled cargo nets. Around them, the towering walls of an abandoned rock quarry reverberate with the crowd's animalistic growls and cheers. Underneath each coat of mud stands a runner participating in Caveman Crawl's 5K adventure race and mud-run course. Adult racers, separated into timed waves, race against their shoe-clipped timing chips as they bound over, under, and through more than 20 annually changing obstacles. Past challenges include plunging down a 500-foot water slide, leaping over lily pads, and tiptoeing through a quiet library. Smaller racers, aged 4–6 or 7–13, navigate a shorter course with compact versions of the larger obstacles. Along a newly added mountain-bike course, Dual Sport Challenge participants pedal across rocky hills and through swaths of mud and chilly water, all while giving the right of way to commuting mountain goats. The race ends with a massive barbecue where participants celebrate their victory over nature and often receive prizes while refueling with food, drinks, and live music.
The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center educates old ranch hands and rootin’-tootin’ greenhorns about the cattle drives of the 19th and 20th centuries with multimedia presentations and interactive exhibits. Wannabe bovine chaperones can try their hand at roping a steer, learn how to tell the age of cattle, and watch animatronic cowboys discuss life on the trail and successful ways to impersonate humans. Inside the multisensory Experience Theater, viewers are transported along on a cattle drive as they smell the flowers of the prairie, hear the sounds of cattle, and feel the wind and water of a storm. An interactive video game lets kids play the part of a rancher trying to get a herd to the railroad, and a branding station helps exercise creativity by marking property, such as video games or siblings.