Making it easy to freely, openly express yourself no matter your age, Speckles Art Studio offers classes for both children and adults that help creativity flow. Patient instructors invite students to follow along as they demonstrate the skills to make three-dimensional mixed-media pieces, drawings, and even sewn works. For special occasions, the Speckles staff takes the reins with art-centric birthday party packages that may include pizza, cupcakes, and the chance for kids to make art out of the contents of their meal plates.
Spread across 270 historic acres, Knollwood Golf Course is a challenging 36-hole facility comprised of the Old Course set right alongside the New Course?both designed by well-regarded course superintendent Jack Harris in 1970 and 1990, respectively. Players can opt for a round on the Old Course or the New Course links and enjoy hole designs that embrace the natural Ancaster topography. Elevated tees and long, perplexing par 5 holes with ominous names such as Buried Treasure and Redemption lead to finely timed fairways that open up into stirring panoramas. The New Course entices advanced club swingers, and the Old Course's more accessible series of par 4 holes with large, accommodating greens is appealing for beginners.
Knollwood players don clean-cut golf attire and enjoy a golfer's paradise that has been open to the public since 1970 and keeps players happy with sprightly paced 10-minute tee times, on-site restaurants and beverage carts, and a "no-argue" rain cheque policy. The facility's proud groundskeepers maintain large, naturalized areas on the course intended to encourage the wildlife to thrive and occasionally join in on a game.
At Southern Pines Golf and Country Club, golfers whack balls over two acres of natural grass fairway in the sprawling practice facility. With a hefty bucket pair containing 192 balls, golfers can tee up at the range or finesse bunker-escaping shots and sand-castle building at the sand-trap practice area. Meanwhile, two practice greens bolster the effectiveness of chip shots and birdie-clenching putts. Golfers can break from club swinging at the fully licensed dining facility, peruse the pro shop, or gaze at lush trees and colourful floral life from the clubhouse patio, where oversized umbrellas shield patrons from the sun's harsh rays and midday golf-ball downpours.
Putting Edge's phosphorescent indoor mini golf course challenges putters with a network of greens hindered by glow-in-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.
Expansive fairways are cleaved through groves of mature oak trees, creating verdant alleyways for golfers to swing past windswept rough and dense forest as they navigate Dragon’s Fire Golf Club, named a Best New Course in Canada by Golf Digest in 2009. Architect Boris Danoff sculpted the course from a former tree farm into the rolling countryside, seamlessly incorporating the natural lay of the land into a compelling design. Depending on their skill level or which Brady Bunch child they’re choosing to play as, golfers can play the course from six tee boxes that range from 5,085 yards from the red tees up to a daunting 7,202 yards from the tips.
Club Car Champion carts escort players around the course's 80 bunkers and nine distinctly shaped ponds. True to its name, the course can be monstrous and unforgiving, as showcased on the course's most difficult hole, the 633-yard par 5 13th, a grassy monolith with fairway bunkers and massive trees in play that obstruct several paths to the green. After putting out on the 528-yard par 5 18th hole, a demanding dogleg-right with ample water and sand, golfers can retire to the clubhouse's outdoor patio for drinks and snacks or head to the pro shop to replace their pitching wedge that mysteriously snapped in half.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 7,202 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 73 from the back tees
Course slope of 131 from the back tees
Six sets of tees per hole