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.
At Southern Pines Golf and Country Club, golfers whack balls over two acres of natural grass fairway in the sprawling practice facility. With a hefty bucket pair containing 192 balls, golfers can tee up at the range or finesse bunker-escaping shots and sand-castle building at the sand-trap practice area. Meanwhile, two practice greens bolster the effectiveness of chip shots and birdie-clenching putts. Golfers can break from club swinging at the fully licensed dining facility, peruse the pro shop, or gaze at lush trees and colourful floral life from the clubhouse patio, where oversized umbrellas shield patrons from the sun's harsh rays and midday golf-ball downpours.
Castlemore Golf and Country Club's semi-private 9-hole course challenges golfers with a triple threat of tight fairways, small greens, and numerous water hazards. As obstacles abound, players are forced into nerve-racking shot situations, forcing them to make deft club selections or play conservatively by putting through the entire course. Four par 3s and a lack of par 5s make scoring the par of 32 a possibility for scratch golfers, though three sets of tees per hole ensure enjoyment for players of all abilities. After the round, clubbers can retire to the pro shop for new equipment or a shirt that hasn't just returned from swimming in the course ponds. An elegant, Carolina-inspired clubhouse also houses a restaurant and event centre that seats up to 200 guests and features a terrace that overlooks the 18th green.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 32 course * Total distance of 2,253 yards from back tees * Three sets of tees
A total of six golf facilities falls under the KaneffGolf umbrella, and each one occupies a chunk of land in the Golden Horseshoe between Brampton and Niagara. Lionhead in Brampton has earned the title as the company's flagship facility. Here, players discover a pair of award-winning courses?The Legends and The Masters?that incorporate 520 acres of surrounding meadows, wetlands, and forests. The newly re-designed Streetsville Glen, meanwhile, was built in 1967, making it the group's most established site and the wise mentor for younger courses.
Making it easy to freely, openly express yourself no matter your age, Speckles Art Studio offers classes for both children and adults that help creativity flow. Patient instructors invite students to follow along as they demonstrate the skills to make three-dimensional mixed-media pieces, drawings, and even sewn works. For special occasions, the Speckles staff takes the reins with art-centric birthday party packages that may include pizza, cupcakes, and the chance for kids to make art out of the contents of their meal plates.
At Forest Glen Golf Centre, golfers are able to hone their skills in perfect succession. They can start by working on their short game while putting across a pair of 18-hole mini golf courses, which stretch out across three acres of forested terrain and open parkland. Next, players can reach for their pitching wedges and work their way around the 9-hole, par-27 pitch and putt course, with yardage varying from 40 to 100 yards. Those lengthier challenges provide the perfect warm-up for the driving range, an area that boasts 70 hitting stations and three target greens so golfers don't have to take aim at passing airplanes. On-site lessons with seasoned pros help improve scores, and a children's play area keeps youngsters busy with a tire park and zip line.