At Adventure Landing, children frolic through six completely interactive indoor and outdoor attractions. The WOW! Factory surrounds visitors with more than 9,000 foam balls, which they load into cannons to blast at moving targets or into foam geysers to knock down hard-to-reach birthday balloons. They time each other in races down a three-story slide or while traversing webbed nets and bridges. Aerial antics continue at a ropes course suspended 18 feet about the ground, but guests can channel their energy into creative activities instead as they build stuffed animals at the Teddy Bear Factory. Outside, they compete through three themed mini golf courses, where shots and curse words shouted by lawn gnomes traverse 18 holes of tunnels, waterfalls, and small mountains. Adventure Land's staff regularly coordinates kid-friendly events such as a playground-wide Easter egg hunt, charity raffles, and fundraising events, or organize fully catered and decorated birthday parties.
The 19 heritage buildings in Pickering Museum Village take visitors back in time. A blacksmith's shop, a school house, and other structures show how rural Ontario residents lived from the mid-1800s through 1920. The authentic buildings look just as they did hundreds of years ago, which makes it easy to imagine a family tending to the outside the Miller Cole House or picture a community gathering at the Bible Christian Chapel, circa 1853. Imagination isn't required, however, since the village's current residents?costumed educators?lead public tours and special events that show what life was like during bygone times.
Boasting approximately 78,000 square feet of domed sporting space, Doug Miller Family Sports Park is an ace facility for novice golfers and low handicappers. Warm up for an afternoon of indoor play on the dome's driving range, where a jumbo bucket of 105 balls helps sharpen swing mechanics while shaving strokes and unruly beards. After practicing, migrate to a private simulator room, where off-season golfers can select one of 16 popular U.S. courses to ensure proper short and long game tune-ups. Each simulator session can provide feedback and data on demand. Though not included in this Groupon, golfers may indulge in slices from the park's Salvatore's pizzeria while recapping score cards and plotting future fairway and mini-golf coups.
Timber Ridge Golf Club blooms with renewal as a result of the recently overhauled fairways and a renovated clubhouse to enhance golfers' experiences at this grassy sanctuary. Players brandish their clubs in the face of an 18-hole course that withholds its lengthy par 5s until the back nine, requiring precise control of distance and ability to adjust to fast greens on the front nine.
New golf carts escort golfers across the emerald alleyways crisscrossed with freshly paved cart paths, but they lack the periscope necessary to continue the search into water hazards that contest shots on 10 of 18 holes. Players can feel out green speeds prior to their round on the practice green or prepare for the mind-altering experience of a hole-in-one during a solar eclipse with after-dusk swings on the lighted driving range.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Length of 5,620 yards from the farthest tees * Three sets of tees
Arrowhead Golf Course’s 18-hole track rubs shoulders with the banks of the Erie Canal, which players follow on a picturesque tour of flora and fauna. Richard Wholers built the course in 1976, and made up for the lack of available distance by keeping the bluegrass fairways narrow and the bentgrass-greens compact. In addition to the canal, which looms heavily on the mind throughout a round, golfers must also factor water hazards on 12 holes into their shot-making decisions and choice of location for talking about how dumb mermaids look. These aquatic pitfalls take the form of nine ponds and two creeks that snake their ways across the beryl-green grass.
Course at a Glance:
* 18-hole, par 66 course
* Total length of 4,171 yards from the back tees
* Course rating of 61.5 from the back tees
* Course slope of 103 from the back tees
Elected to the PGA as an instructor in 1977, Gary Tatar has spent more than three decades helping students find the middle of the fairway and the bottom of the cup. Gary draws his greenside manner from World Golf Hall of Fame coach Harvey Penick, who taught him the importance of simple and direct communication and practical training devices rather than imparting swing advice via sand-trap hieroglyphs.
During private lessons, Gary often enlists the help of 3-D video analysis so players can view their own swing and better understand his feedback. Gary also imparts his pin-hunting panache in playing lessons at Deerfield Country Club, where he gives advice in real time and fields course management questions, such as what club to hit off of the tee and how to overcome a fear of being abandoned by one's golf ball.