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.
Certified by the world's largest diving training organization, and located near some of Barrie's best scuba hot spots, Dive Central is perfectly positioned to take students sub-marine. After an in-class or online introductory session, PADI-certified instructors give students as young as 10 years old a chance to test their sea lungs and Marco Polo skills in the safety of an on-site pool. In these confined dives, students will learn a watery cornucopia of aquatic aptitudes, including how to share or replace masks and how communicate in Welsh, the language of whales. Finally, students break Mother Earth's millennia-long stranglehold, striking out for the briny deep in a series of four open-water dives. After the run of classes, which can be completed in three or four days, you'll finally be able to dive to 60 feet with a partner, thus gaining the competitive edge at the neighbourhood apple-bobbing championship.
Simcoe Brewing Company offers brew aficionados the chance to crank out custom, made-to-order brews that balance the depths of their customers' culinary imaginations with the artistry of their alcohol-fermenting abilities. Crafted specifically for today's Groupon, GrouBrew is a limited release formulated so as to not offend picky palates or mature Goldilockses, tasting neither too heavy nor too bitter nor too malty.
Borden Golf Club has been a golfers’ sanctuary since its nine-hole course was sculpted into the rolling countryside in 1917, an emerald landscape that has expanded into a 27-hole golf complex. The original, nine-hole layout, known as Anderson Park Golf Course, presents a 3,209-yard Scottish links-style design, allowing clubbers to get in touch with the game’s roots without having to play a whole round with nothing but a mashie niblick and Loch Ness egg.
Built alongside its smaller predecessor in 1954, Circled Pine Golf Course ambles over 6,488 yards of contoured fairways and small greens. The course’s most difficult hole, the 448-yard, par 4 15th, will test even scratch golfers as they must bend shots around a dogleg left and find driftwood on which to float their bag across a creek stationed 60 yards in front of the green. After rounds, Borden Golf Club’s Players Lounge offers refuelling fare for golfers in the form of chicken pot pie, steak, and a variety of burgers and sandwiches.
Chirping birds and the wind in the trees are the only sounds that break the silence in Muskoka Forest. Until a human flies screaming through the canopy, that is. Treetop Trekking by Arbraska's seven aerial-rope courses wind through the forest canopies, challenging visitors with levels of difficulty increasing from beginner to advanced. Guides begin each adventure with a brief equipment-and-technique orientation, and gradually clear visitors for more difficult runs based on their performance.
Once they're cleared for climbing, participants scramble across bridges made of swinging, suspended logs. They crawl across webs of cargo netting, and swing through monkey cables. A series of ziplines completes each course. Guides help adventure-seekers navigate these treetop courses during regular day tours, or during more challenging night climbs, during which participants have only a headlamp and a guide to asking owls for directions.