Putting Edge's phosphorescent indoor mini-golf course challenges the eyes, ears, and short-game prowess of players of all ages. The 18-hole course confronts club wielders with twists and turns amid a glowing battleground populated by painted neon trees, glowing statues, and iridescent wildlife conservationists. Upbeat music channels players' adrenalin as they expertly navigate their way through the incandescent irrigation routes and prove to competitors that their putting skills, like the bottom of Lake Michigan and Celine Dion's hair, are untouchable. Both golfers are equipped with a glow bracelet that shines as brightly as the course's black-lit critters, ensuring that no visitors are hazed by glowing parakeets. Though not included in this Groupon, players may also hone joystick skills and grapple for prizes at Putting Edge's arcade. The glow-in-the-dark atmosphere encourages friendly competition for players of all fitness levels, birthday parties, and group gatherings.
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
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