At Hartland Glen Golf Course, players delight in the myriad challenges presented by two 18-hole championship courses. The older North Course wastes no time in showcasing its difficult design, as the second hole is guarded by four sand bunkers and a mischievous water hazard that has been an outspoken advocate for swimming floaties for four decades. The South Course has a slightly shorter layout that demands precise shots with tight, tree-lined fairways.
Players can work on their form at the practice chipping area and two putting greens or at the all-grass driving range. Professional instructors can improve swing mechanics during private and group lessons, and the staff at the club's pro shop stands ready to arm players with the latest gear from top brands such as Nike, Titleist, and Wilson. After rounds of golf or flagstick javelin, golfers can refuel with casual grill food and libations at the clubhouse restaurant.
North Course at a Glance:
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The Bogey Golf Tour grants golfers a chance to take to the links and compete against fellow amateurs in tournaments scheduled at some of the finest courses in the London, Windsor, Detroit, and Kitchener/Waterloo areas. At each event, scratch golfers compete in the Birdie division, 0–15 handicaps square off in the Par division, and 16+ handicappers trade pinpoint approaches and sequined divot tools in the Bogey division. The top five finishers in each division receive prize money—which can be paid out in gift certificates or cash—and the Tour also holds prize competitions for longest drive, closest to the pin, and 3-iron jousting. The Tour publishes the results from each tournament in local newspapers, and players can chart the peaks and valleys of their careers on the Tour Members list, which compiles all of their tournament results. Along with providing an outlet for amateur golfers to exercise their long-suppressed competitive side, the Tour and its sponsors have raised $74,000 for various area charities since 2003.
To the trained staff at Wakeboard Clinic, every watery medium is worth a ride. These acrobatic instructors wakeboard, wakesurf, wakeskate, and waterski across the warm, shallow waters of Silver Lake in summer, and they skim the snow once the temperature drops. With an indefatigable passion for riding, the expert crew imparts their athletic know-how to pupils during clinics at the private Silver Spray Sports Marina on Silver Lake and at Boyne Mountain Resort during overnight camp stints. At these scenic locales, students young and old master wakesurfing basics before graduating to more advanced maneuvers such as jumps, grabs, and spins.
Hot air balloons float into the air from Balloon Quest's idyllic launch location, taking guests on a bird's-eye tour of a stunning natural expanse studded with hills and lakes. Experienced pilots guide the rainbow-colored orbs on languorous tours, sweeping balloons' teardrop-shaped shadows over hills, dales, and the on-site mini-golf course. After their aerial tour, visitors can linger at Balloon Quest for a picnic on the grounds or a thought-provoking discussion of their top 10 favorite gravity-defying experiences. While flights are made year-round, Balloon Quest has very specific weather guidelines for flying, and rescheduling may be common.
Lori Murphy sums up her exercise philosophy in the simple maxim, “Don’t use a machine, be the machine.” Besides encouraging students to replace their hands with cybernetic free weights, it reminds them that a strong workout regimen can travel outside of the gym. As owner and head trainer of My Stronger Self Fitness Studio, she brings her 18 years of experience leading exercise classes to teach time-honored, as well as new-fangled, moves during kickboxing classes, outdoor boot camps, and intense personal-training sessions.
At Holly Lanes Bowling Center, friends and families can bond as they arc balls down one of 26 regulation-size lanes as a fully automated scoring system keeps track of all the rolling and smashing action. Every Friday and Saturday night after 8:30 p.m., the center plunges patrons into the glowing lights, fluorescent colors, and non-Euclidean pin arrangements of cosmic bowling, providing them with glimpses into their neon-tinged futures. While pins rise and fall with stoic regularity, bowlers can bite into classic hot dogs or drink frosty slushies at the on-site restaurant and bar, which boasts an extensive food-and-drinks menu (not included with this Groupon). Or, spend between-frames seconds rubbing elbows with the amiable staff and gossiping about which bowling ball is really a cantaloupe in disguise.