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Spread across 270 historic acres, Knollwood Golf Course is a challenging 36-hole facility comprised of the Old Course set right alongside the New Course?both designed by well-regarded course superintendent Jack Harris in 1970 and 1990, respectively. Players can opt for a round on the Old Course or the New Course links and enjoy hole designs that embrace the natural Ancaster topography. Elevated tees and long, perplexing par 5 holes with ominous names such as Buried Treasure and Redemption lead to finely timed fairways that open up into stirring panoramas. The New Course entices advanced club swingers, and the Old Course's more accessible series of par 4 holes with large, accommodating greens is appealing for beginners. Knollwood players don clean-cut golf attire and enjoy a golfer's paradise that has been open to the public since 1970 and keeps players happy with sprightly paced 10-minute tee times, on-site restaurants and beverage carts, and a "no-argue" rain cheque policy. The facility's proud groundskeepers maintain large, naturalized areas on the course intended to encourage the wildlife to thrive and occasionally join in on a game.
1276 Shaver Rd
Ancaster,
ON
CA
Little Ray's Reptile Zoo is a grand hotel for cold-blooded critters overseen by animal enthusiasts Paul "Little Ray" Goulet and his wife Sheri Goulet. At their new location in Hamilton, they host one of the largest sanctuaries in Ontario for unwanted reptiles. Meanwhile, the renovated Ottawa location features 25 permanent exhibits, a nature centre, and a hands-on room. Born from the joy Little Ray experienced sharing his personal collection of reptiles with school children, the zoo now encompasses a variety of exhibits and daily feeding demonstrations showcasing more than 150 animals.? The expert staff?which has trained keepers at other animal facilities on proper husbandry and correct presentation?safely introduces visitors to the animals which include giant snakes, tarantulas, and more. The zoo is open daily for corporate groups, birthday parties, and everyday animal lovers to tour the reptile environs and educational displays. The reptile zoo hosts large private-party and function rooms and a jungle spa where pythons receive hydrating wraps to combat scaly skin.
869 Barton St. E
Hamilton,
ON
CA
At Stoney Creek Tennis Club, seven well-lit outdoor courts set the stage for group lessons led by seasoned club pro Rasim Sehovic, who brings more than 20 years of racquet wrangling to the court. During the one-hour group lesson, athletic acolytes enjoy one-on-one training time with Sehovic and other gifted coaches, ensuring students get a chance to have their swings closely analyzed and their pregame war cries critiqued. After the lesson draws to a close, students can meander over to the clubhouse to lounge on the shaded patio and enjoy the tennis-ball machine halftime performance.
830 Queenston Rd
Stoney Creek,
ON
CA
Bowlerama keeps spherical souls thriving with 5- and 10-pin bowling and late-night cosmic contests, as well as a variety of specialty leagues. Lace up a pair of rented clogs ($3.25), then light up the lanes with a fiery strike or by accidentally dropping an armful of flashlights ($4.31 per person). The lanes are open seven days a week, giving boisterous bowlers ample opportunities for ball-rolling bedlam while sapping bewildered pins’ will to live (call ahead to check availability). Cosmic bowling takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, with club music thumping through the alley as black lights reveal neon grins and glowing lip marks on victorious bowling balls.
121 Highway 8
Hamilton,
ON
CA
• For $36, you get a Tiger-Cats hat (a $29.37 value, including HST) and a Bronze ticket (a $45 value before fees, or up to a $50.50 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees) to see the Tiger-Cats vs. the Montreal Alouettes on Friday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. (up to a $79.87 total value). • For $41, you get a Tiger-Cats hat (a $29.37 value, including HST) and a Silver ticket (a $55 value before fees, or up to a $60.50 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees) to see the Tiger-Cats vs. the Montreal Alouettes on Friday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. (up to an $89.87 total value). • For $36, you get a Tiger-Cats hat (a $29.37 value, including HST) and a Bronze ticket (a $45 value before fees, or up to a $50.50 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees) to see the Tiger-Cats vs. the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday, August 13, at 7 p.m. (up to a $79.87 total value). • For $41, you get a Tiger-Cats hat (a $29.37 value, including HST) and a Silver ticket (a $55 value before fees, or up to a $60.50 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees) to see the Tiger-Cats vs. the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday, August 13, at 7 p.m. (up to an $89.87 total value).
75 Balsam Avenue North
Hamilton,
ON
CA
Grand Slam Driving Ranges helps wedge-wielders of all abilities sharpen their swings with well-groomed practice facilities. Two jumbo, 105-ball buckets give golfers hundreds of chances for self-coaching via interior monologue. Carved out of the verdant Niagara escarpment, the Grand Slam Golf Centre in Milton sets swingers up with 30 hitting stations equipped with grass tee decks. A chipping green and sizeable putting green give assorted clubs a chance to strut their stuff, and a practice bunker outfitted with mock sand goblins ensures players come up against the full spectrum of obstacles afforded by the average game. Alternatively, the Grand Slam Fairways in Waterdown supplies oscillating shoulders with 65 all-grass hitting stations from which to paint fast-moving arcs across the air while ironing out the wrinkles in their short game.
546 6 Hwy
Hamilton,
ON
CA
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