BogoGolf gets golfers out of the house and swinging among the greens with buy-one-get-one-free greens fees and other golf-related discounts that offer savings of up to and more than $1,000 in a regular golf season. With courses in Barrie, Midland, Wasaga Beach, and other surrounding towns, BogoGolf's list of golf gardens currently boasts 13 public courses and continues to grow. Members can hit drives through the rolling terrain of Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club or putt on the challenging greens of Duntroon Highlands Golf Club. Customers can also request the addition of their favourite course to the list, and BogoGolf will make the efforts to partner with those courses by continuously sending them love sonnets.
Putting Edge's phosphorescent indoor mini-golf course challenges putters with a network of greens hindered by glow-in-the-dark obstacles. Eighteen holes twist and turn throughout a darkened space populated by painted neon trees and glowing statues. A steady stream of upbeat music sets the pace for players as they navigate their way through the incandescent labyrinth to prove to competitors that their putting skills—like the bottom of Lake Michigan and Celine Dion's hair—are untouchable.
Located on Hammer St. behind Toys R Us, Barrie Sports Dome spans 350 feet in length and contains facilities for exercising golf swings, kicking soccer balls, and annihilating frenemies in paint ball. The setup of the professional paint ball field changes weekly, and players employ the aid of reballs, a soft, lightweight rubber ball that feels like a regular paint ball without the cost or influence of messy, inconsiderate paint. Choose the driving range option to take advantage of one hour of indoor golf under the glow of Barrie Sports Dome’s 4 million BTU furnace.
Setters' Ghost Golf Club charms iron wielders with an 18-hole semi-private course that unravels its emerald links across 6,350 yards of rolling farmlands. With four sets of tee decks, birdie hunters of all levels can comb the velvet fairways while breath-abating views of the Niagara Escarpment and Georgian Bay distract them from wayward approach shots and singing telegram caddies. Camel-coloured bunkers and pockets of pasture grass dapple the fertile splendour and swallow dimpled pills yearning for a more victorious landing. Settlers' Ghost challenges scratch players with a sinuous orientation, and its bent grass tees and magnificent vistas beckon casual shooters.
Radio Café whips up a midday menu of light lunch offerings. Diners can graze on whole wheat, plain, or sun-dried tomato wraps ($5.95) filled with such proteins as Thai curry chicken salad or smoked salmon and cream cheese, and those craving pressed and wrinkle-free fare can fill their feedbags with a grilled panini ($6.75) on thin focaccia, encasing grilled vegetables and goat cheese or rosemary ham, glazed onions, and Monterey Jack. A fresh-baked daily quiche ($5.09) bears a rotating cast of ingredients such as braised leeks, fresh thyme, and goat cheese. To quench thirst and caffeine cravings, Radio Café brews up a selection of specialty coffee drinks made from its own fair-trade MacLaren blend (starting at $1.48), as well as an array of loose-leaf organic teas ($1.67). Visitors can lunch next to a modern brick fireplace in the café's cozy interior or eat outdoors in the gallery's sculpture courtyard when the weather cooperates and the statuary isn't feeling standoffish.
Boasting 18 computerized lanes, Kempview Bowl delights five-pin hitters with recently renovated amenities and an energy-boosting sound system. A group of six friends or one-and-half barbershop quartets can tame the lanes for two hours while munching on unlimited popcorn and showing off comfortably functional bowling shoes. The modern billiard hall entreats the senses with wall-to-wall flat screens, which display bowler-requested music videos and sporting events, and entertains kids with fun-enhancing gutter bumpers. On Friday and Saturday, glo bowl lights up the lanes, offering a comforting neon oasis for ball whirlers who often find themselves covered in felt Grateful Dead posters.