Thunderbird Sports Centre challenges clubswingers' short game on its nine-hole, par 27 Thunderbird Golf Course. Honouring the undulating terrain, plentiful evergreens, and deciduous trees, the course layout sets a brisk pace with a 10-storey metronome at the center and holes ranging from 88 to 142 yards. Design elements elevate play even further, intermingling bodies of water, sand traps, and deep rough. The fully lit course stays open until 10:30 p.m., or whenever the area's stone gargoyles come to life. Pull cart ($3.75) and club rentals ($9.15) are also available, and golfers can refresh before or after a game at the pro shop.
Sculpted into the banks of the St. Lawrence River, Iroquois Golf Club’s links-style course spans 6,158 yards of gently undulating terrain. As players traverse the picturesque par 72, riverside winds, relatively sparse trees, and scorecards printed in Gaelic channel the coastal charms of the old courses of the Emerald Isle. Intervening waterways appear on all but three holes, placing confident swings and sound course management at a premium. Rounds conclude with a dramatic finish at the par 3 18th hole, where approach shots must send golf balls soaring over a water hazard that sits between tee and green and houses a community of great blue herons who raise their young on a golf ball-based diet. Patrons who arrive by plane at the Iroquois Air Strip or by boat at the Iroquois Marine Services can call the golf club and arrange for a shuttle to drive them to and from the course.
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From dawn to dusk, Oziles’ ice huts on Petrie Island create one of the biggest ice-fishing villages in eastern Ontario. The tackle shop is also fully stocked with everything necessary for a day on the ice for both large and small groups. Oziles rents ice huts with stoves and scenic picture windows, from which groups of up to six can watch the ice fishing holes outside.
During warmer months, shop’s rental watercrafts, which require no boat operator’s card to use, exemplify the outfitter’s mission to empower Ottawans to explore and conserve their surrounding waterways. Before passengers embark on their trips, the crew familiarizes them with their boats and fishing gear, and teaches hand signals for passing by ducks before bidding them bon voyage. The crew also repairs, cleans, and winterizes private boats and furnishes captains with year-round boat storage at the marina.
Virtual Sports Zone's golf playgrounds let fairway fiends of all skill levels conquer courses any time of year while enjoying the comforts of the great indoors. Special 3-D modelling technology recreates the playgrounds' 17 world-renowned courses available for play, crafting photo-realistic environments detailed enough to spot wind-blown roughs or ball-devouring gators from afar. To improve your club-crushing abilities, an advanced visual computer system analyzes the dynamics of your swing—including shaft flex, angle of attack, wrist cock, and degree of eyebrow movement—with results accessible on-screen, printed, or emailed.
The par 72 Hammond Golf Course stretches over 6,746 yards of rolling hills polka dotted with evergreens and scribbled with still creeks. Golfers approach the first tee and gaze over a 504-yard fairway, which hooks right toward a green guarded by pair of bunkers awaiting errant shots and misguided sunbathers. After the first hole, players face a gauntlet of equally lengthy par 5s, dogleg par 4s, and short par 3s. Three sets of tees make the course playable for golfers of all abilities, taking the average player around four hours—or one metric Nicklaus—to complete. Golfers with today's deal have the option of rounding out foursomes with two younger players, who can use this time to learn the game or call out adults for abusing mulligans.
The subject of a 2012 renovation, Bearbrook Golf Club's 18-hole course blankets the rolling countryside with a 6,111-yard circuit of closely manicured fairways and greens. Water hazards and mature trees dot the green expanse, eager to corrupt the path of errant golf balls and impressionable squirrels. While the par 72 challenges golfers from the tips, it offers three tee options to appeal to players across the spectrum.