Forty-five hitting bays span the length of Markham Golf Dome?s indoor driving range, allowing players to groom golf games year-round. The six-storey dome covers 53,000 square feet, which could easily serve as a modern sports stadium or a blimp's favorite napping spot. Alternatively, the facility also hosts an outdoor driving range with 60 hitting bays, target greens, and chipping greens to help players hone long-range and short-game techniques. Each of Markham Golf Dome?s instructors has accrued more than 10 years of experience in helping players drive, pitch, and scissor-kick balls with the precision and consistency needed to achieve tee-to-green success.
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.
Wedges 'N Woods Golf Academy helps players of all experience levels build their skills at its comprehensive practice facility, complete with driving, chipping, and putting greens. A fully irrigated tee deck allows guests to practice landing on the 10 target greens using every club, and practice bunkers challenge golfers to get out of the sand before the tide washes away their castle. A CPGA professional offers various levels of instruction, combining modern teaching techniques and video analysis to correct golfers' swings and mental approach to the game. The academy also maintains an 18-hole miniature course surrounded by natural landscaping and sand traps, providing mini golfers their first step toward their quest to attain the Mini Masters' coveted green sweater vest.
Beaver Island State Park stretches out over 950 acres at the southern end of Grand Island, on the shores of the upper Niagara River. The park's sandy half-mile beach welcomes swimmers and boaters. Nearby, an 80-slip marina with a boat launch lets mariners set sail in boats, kayaks, canoes, or origami yachts made from newspaper. Landlubbers swing clubs at an 18-hole championship golf course, venture down biking and hiking trails, and unpack picnic baskets on the park's scenic grounds. Guests seeking a break from the sun can visit a nature center with interactive exhibits on local flora and fauna. Guests also can drop by the River Lea house and museum, home to the Grand Island Historical Society and constructed by Grover Cleveland's cousin. In the winter, the park hosts snowmobilers, skiers, and snowshoers willing to brave the frigid air and rabid snowmen.
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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.
The intermittent whooshes of practice swings and the piercing din of a well-struck drive soundtrack guests' visits to Airport Driving Range, where golfers can prepare for their next day at the links. The range boasts ample space for players to unsheathe their driver, as well as grass hitting areas for those who prefer a natural feel and artificial hitting mats for golfers with a debilitating fear of earthworms. Golfers can hone their swings under sunny skies or during inclement weather, as Airport Driving Range is open rain or shine and many of its hitting mats are protected from the elements by a yellow canopy.