As any triumphant team of athletes can tell you, winning is exhilarating. At Sportball, though, instructors focus on the quieter joys of athletics: improving motor skills and life skills. Their noncompetitive instruction—aimed at babies all the way up through tweens—covers eight popular sports, ranging from soccer and volleyball to hockey and golf. With age-appropriate, child-sized equipment, they help youth develop balance, strength, and coordination. They also nurture the self-confidence that will one day be needed on the soccer field where each grown kid will take the bar exam.
The blue and white peaks of the Olympic Mountains overlook the greens at Metchosin Golf & Country Club, where westerly breezes from the Salish Sea stir the pompoms of golfers' hats. Fir trees and deciduous flora have grown up alongside the course's 2,760 yards for more than four decades. The nine-hole, par-34 layout consists mostly of par 4s. Sand traps hug the edges of the putting greens on holes 1, 3, 6, and 9, their coarse textures thwarting clubs and stupefying golfers with the geological miracle called sand.
Between Tuesday and Thursday, the course invites golfers to Nine and Dine during afternoons or evenings. The event pairs nine holes of golf with repast such as flat-iron steaks, pork back ribs, and vegetarian burgers.
Course at a Glance:
The first Canadian course designed by golfer Arnold Palmer, Whistler Golf Club’s 6,722 yards present obstacles to novice and experienced golfers alike at the foot of Mount Currie. Players smash moon miniatures down the cedar- and fir-lined fairways of an 18-hole, par 71 course, which retorts with meandering streams, nine lakes, and numerous white sand bunkers. Players begin from one of four potential tee-off spots to the clubhouse’s sounds of classic rock and to the dulcet growls of black-bear commentators. The straight fairway of Cedar Grove calls for steadfast aim, and lack of hovercraft equalizes skirmishes with Singing Cedars’ course-crossing lake. Players engage in new-age ball ballet with dual water and sand hazards of The Gallery. Mount Currie gazes down respectfully at drive disciples from the backdrop of Last Run.
At Urban Links, golfers up their games with hands-on training sessions with certified instructors and access to an indoor facility with the latest in golf training technology. Golfers can cure their slice-, shank-, or narcolepsy-prone swings inside hitting bays that feature TrackMan swing-analysis software, which uses motion sensors and video playback to break down swinging motions. Urban Links’ resident aces also enlist TrackMan technology to help players find out the club specifications that best fit their swing and body type. Along with lessons and club-fitting sessions, golfers can take advantage of the equipment and develop secret handshakes with cyborg Greg Normans during independent practice sessions in the hitting bays.
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A Class A member of the CPGA, Todd Hart brings his lofty experience to the course as he polishes drives, chips, and putts. During his more than 20 years as a golf instructor, Hart has taught more than 20,000 lessons, improving the game of hundreds of eager apprentices. Applying lessons learned throughout his career, he breaks down each aspect of the game into its constituent parts, giving pupils concrete exercises that improve their form and help them pretend to be practicing when stuck wearing plaid pants in public.
Dedicated to saving the golf world from mulligans one slice-prone swing at a time, World Beat Golf’s team of aces imparts score-shaving advice at an outdoor practice facility. With an emphasis on building a balanced swing, developing reliable pre-swing fundamentals, and shoring up the short game, the pros foster straighter shots in private lessons and with programs for juniors and women. For more independent practice, World Beat Golf offers punch cards for driving-range balls, which players hit off of natural grass or synthetic hitting bays that provide a consistently immaculate lie and spare players from responding emotionally to divots shaped like their favourite childhood stuffed animals.
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