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 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.
Getting behind the wheel of a Ferrari may seem like a fantasy to some?but it's a perfectly attainable adrenaline fix at The Motorsport Lab. The Lab's vehicular experts allow clients to take a Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, or other rare and exotic automobile out for a once-in-a-lifetime spin.
After explaining the vehicle features and the proper safety protocols, staff members turn over the keys. Drivers can develop a feel for the automobile's speed and cat-like agility while guiding it around a controlled autocross course for several laps. For a truly immersive experience, The Motorsport Lab occasionally rents out its sports cars for weekend-long escapes that let clients travel in style and become the object of envy at any drive-through dry cleaner.
Named one of America?s top 100 driving ranges by Golf Range Magazine in 2011, Broadway Driving Range & Miniature Golf invites golfers to launch towering drives under covered hitting bays toward a target field that stretches more than 350 yards. Golfers who favor a natural feel can hack through a bucket of balls at the range?s all-grass hitting areas; synthetic hitting mats cater to refined sand wedges that consider divots uncouth. Laid-back clubbers can practice pendulous putts at the complex?s miniature-golf course, where players circle around a barn built in 1932 through a farm-themed circuit of 18 miniature fairways featuring antique farm tools. Broadway Driving Range can cool down clients with soft-serve custard from Green Acres Ice Cream.
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.