LakeShore Links Indoor Golf’s sleek, 8,000-square-foot facility helps golf swings avoid offseason rust with nine golf simulators and a duo of instructors that hold lessons year-round. Within the simulators, wall-sized, high-definition screens capture every blade of grass at 23 legendary courses, including Bay Hill and Pinehurst, and built-in video-swing-analysis cameras allow players to scrutinize their techniques, introducing them to a digital doppelgänger soon to be their inferior. Virtual rounds even grant stick-flickers the freedom to take a mulligan with the mere touch of a button, which instantly lets them replay their previous shot. LakeShore’s resident aces help groom games with everything from private lessons to junior development programs, and golf-simulator league play helps participants sharpen their competitive edge all year round. As golfers play through a circuit of fairway facsimiles, the club curbs appetites with a menu of very real light fare.
Some consider it therapeutic. Others find it a challenging exercise. Either way, the driving range is an oasis where golfers send shots soaring toward a variety of targets spread across the 300-yard fairway from the two-tiered structure peppered with 57 stalls. Launch Golf Centre remains open throughout the year, allowing players of all stripes to work on full drives in spring, mid-iron approaches in summer, or using putters to swordfight snowmen in winter. During cold months, players can opt for heated hitting zones as they thwack golf balls into the snowy tundra. The centre also offers table service for food and drinks while players are honing their skills. For players looking to improve their skill sets with the help of an expert, six teaching professionals conduct lessons and clinics to smooth the path toward lower scores.
The piercing clang of well-struck drives resonates across the grounds at Golden Ridge Golf, their echoes beckoning to clubbers to come groom their game at the multifaceted complex. Guests can smooth out rough-edged swings with a stint at the 300-yard driving range, where players can hit off of natural grass or faux-turf mats and take cover in sheltered hitting bays during rainstorms or pelican pranks. An 18-hole mini-golf course channels the charm of an old country town with a decorative wagon, general store facade, and putters that double as moustache combs. All of the grounds’ score-shaving resources are utilized to the fullest during Golf Academy clinics and lessons, which are overseen by CPGA-certified pro and former touring professional Gordie Burns.
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.
At Fairtree Golf Centre, links-lovers hone long-games on a 300-yard driving range and short-games on a two-acre practice area. After grabbing their buckets of Pinnacle range balls, which the staff replaces each season, golfers toe up to one of 50 fibre mats that look out upon the range's expanse. Thwacking through a large bucket typically takes about 45 minutes, although some may opt to save a little ball ammo for the short-game area's two putting greens and arduous sand traps. Since there is no time limit on either of the facilities, players can take their time and recite a farewell haiku to each and every ball.
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.
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