Upon glancing at the par of 31 and the yardage from the back tees—1,880—players might assume that a round of golf at The Links at Montague isn’t too serious. They’d be wrong. The course packs refinement and challenge into every corner of its diminutive space, from the stately stone entranceway and the clubhouse’s robust white pillars to the academy staffed by a CPGA Class A pro and the layout designed by architect Graham Cooke. He used every yard at his disposal to develop a nine-hole course reminiscent of larger championship loops. Players trek across carpet-like bentgrass fairways and greens, Kentucky bluegrass rough, and large, shimmering white bunkers raked regularly to erase the scrawled pleas for mercy. Running parallel to the eastern edge of Loon Lake, play also pulls players along a path that weaves through native hardwood trees and century-old softwoods, culminating in dramatic waterfront greens on the fourth and ninth holes.
Course at a Glance: * Nine-hole, par 31 course * Total length of 1,880 yards from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Glowing monkeys scamper toward a neon waterfall, and a knight bearing a radiant yellow lance rides past a bright orange octopus emerging from the ocean. What appears to be a time-traveling session gone awry is really the evolving environment within Putting Edge’s indoor black-lit mini-golf course, which whisks players to deep seas, Aztec jungles, and medieval times. Since opening its original location in Canada, Putting Edge has now expanded to 18 North American locations, all of which invite guests onto its challenging 18-hole courses to seek victory over opponents and the forces that keep their teeth from not glowing as brightly as they could. Elsewhere, the facility houses private party rooms, concessions, and an arcade filled with gamer favorites such as air hockey.
Reopened in 2011 after a two-year hiatus, Briarwood Golf Club’s 18-hole executive course invites clubbers to an abridged layout stationed in the heart of a vibrant ecosystem. Briarwood’s shorter links make an ideal training ground for casual golfers; aces can loop the verdant grounds to shore up their short game or fulfill their mission to graze on the grasses of all the world’s courses. Each fairway plays into immaculate, revitalized greens, which were reseeded before 2011 and should be growing out of their brambly adolescence and into smooth, pimple-free adulthood in their second consecutive season of usage. A burbling river runs throughout the course, and cool breezes gain momentum on a course-side lake before swooping through the towering tree lines and tickling the collared necks of Briarwood’s birdie-hunting guests.
Granite Springs Golf Club's 18-hole, par 72 course takes golfers winding through 6,401 yards of fairways and greens carved into the Halifax countryside. The rolling terrain features a gauntlet of sandtraps and water hazards that make accurate shotmaking crucial to a successful round. The course shares the grounds with a driving range and short game facility, each of which help golfers prep swings, touch around the greens, and redraw golf plaids before kicking off official rounds.
Course at a Glance
Designed by course architect Les Furber, The Links at Penn Hills’ 18-hole course weaves through waterways, wooded tracts, and rolling terrain for 7,236 yards of challenging golf. Breezes drift onto the course from the nearby Shubenacadie River, creating a tranquil environment for players to split fairways with soaring drives and carb-free clubs. At the end of each hole, bent-grass greens present a slick surface for each testy, breaking putt. Water hazards come into play on six holes, including the par 5 seventh, where shots must clear water and land on a bunker-fortified island green patrolled by a bearded, marooned Tom Hanks. The course promotes game improvement with a training complex that includes a 300-yard driving range, a nine-hole practice green, and a practice bunker. Course at a Glance: * Designed by Les Furber * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 7,236 yards from the farthest tees * Four tee options