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.
From bungee trampolines that launch people up to four stories in the air to fast-paced rounds of outdoor laser tag, kids get their first taste of adrenaline while exploring Adventure Village's three acres of family attractions. If the trampolines aren't enough, guests can slip into a harness and scale a 25-foot climbing wall. Kids can also have fun planted firmly on the ground. Baseballs buzz through the air in nine batting cages that serve up both softballs and baseballs at up to 90 miles per hour. Kids also carom off of one another in round bumper cars that give drivers the surreal thrill of piloting a giant hockey puck.
A more laid-back form of recreation awaits at the miniature golf course, where guests navigate through tricky corridors lined with five waterfalls and six ponds. Perched atop a swinging wooden bridge, players can study the wooden ruins of two partially sunken ships that rise above the glassy waters or the fish swimming around the murky derelicts. The course also features trivia about South Ontarian history and geography, giving guests all the information they need to finally impress the ghostly teacher that haunts their dreams.
The Augusta House plies patrons with fine dining and down-to-earth drinks in a cozy, inviting atmosphere. For sophisticated palates, the extensive menu features meaty morsels such as the New Zealand half-rack of lamb drizzled with red wine demi-glace ($24), as well as a savoury selection of tapas, salads, and gold-rimmed monocles. Otherwise, lighter eaters can pair a crisp white from the wine list with a haute cuisine update of traditional beer-battered fish and chips ($11–$17). Live blues and Motown DJ sets on Saturday and Sunday get toes tapping and cochleae salivating in the gracious ochre dining room, while a regular trivia night with discounted import beers can tickle brains as well as bellies.
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.
The Full Swing golf simulators' screens at Nineteenth Hole Indoor Golf Centre are like giant windows that look out onto the world's most famous courses—only they don't shatter when hit with a golf ball. The sophisticated systems virtually re-create the fairways of Torrey Pines, Pebble Beach, and other renowned courses, allowing golfers to work on their game no matter the weather conditions. Once players tee off, the simulators track their swing and simulate the golf ball's flight, taking into account real-world conditions such as wind, weather, and the presence of ball-hungry windmills.
Nineteenth Hole Indoor Golf Centre also boasts features players would expect to find at a real course. A full pro shop stocks clubs, balls, and trendy clothing from Tattoo Golf. Additionally, professional golf instructors—including Deborah Lee Eldridge, a former LPGA tour member—help players add distance to their drives or prep to join one of the golf center's leagues. To rejuvenate from a long day on the virtual links, players can head to the lounge and sip on cocktails or grab a bite to eat.
After making a name for herself in the world of theatrical costuming during stints on the production teams of The Lion King and Mamma Mia!, Dilys Tong co-created Sew Be It Studio in 2005 in order to inspire others to craft their own wearable art. Lindsey Wise, a graphic designer and former magazine art director, joined her in 2009, and together they helm workshops and classes alongside a cast of dedicated instructors. At their two studios, the staff lead students through hands-on tutorials or arm them with DIY patterns for items such as a lace tank top, a flower headpiece, or a leather mini wallet ideal for fitting into a regular-size wallet. Enhancing the space are studio mascots Betty and Madi, a pair of well-dressed pups who can often be found lounging around in a variety of miniature ensembles.