Links 4 Less bridges the gap between drop-in golfing and club membership. Card bearers can pack their clubs and set a tee-time with any of the club's participating golf courses, giving ample opportunities to test new drivers and spiraling golf cart stunts on different surfaces. Each course offers Links 4 Less members a discounted rate for both weekday and weekend rounds, as well as 9- and 18-hole challenges.
Since 1995, Golf O Max has given golfers access to some of the most renowned courses in the world, including Torrey Pines, Bethpage Black, and The Old Course at St. Andrews. Which isn't to say the company flies golfers around the globe and teaches them each country club's secret handshake. Instead, they bring all the world-class courses to Ottawa via 11 full-swing golf simulators that offer highly realistic recreations of every green and fairway.
In addition to hosting casual rounds with friends, Golf O Max holds lessons with its crew of CPGA professional instructors. After a breakthrough lesson or a personal-best score on none other than Pebble Beach, players can celebrate at the 19th Hole, the in-house pub that pours beers to go with burgers and smoked meats.
Though the 200-acre BraeBen Golf Course boasts an 18-hole Championship course, a 9-hole Academy course, a driving range, and wildlife such as falcons and coyotes, its most unique attribute can?t be seen with the eye. The site?s green energy system provides enough renewable energy to continually power more than 5,000 homes in Mississauga, making the course not only a joy to play but also a positive example of golf-course conservationism. This respect for the environment is evident as golfers tee off on the par 72 Championship course, an homage to golf?s early days in the Scottish highlands with its tall grasses, deep pot bunkers, and strong winds that can knock iron approaches well off-course.
The Academy course and its CPGA professional instructors create a prime setting for player development, winning BraeBen the GAO Coaching Facility of the Year award in 2011. Director of Instruction Bradlee Ryall and his team use all 9 holes?measuring between 100 and 200 yards and possessing unique game-improvement challenges?as opportunities for players to lower scores. Additionally, they deploy TrackMan 3 golf radar to measure players? key swing statistics, including trajectory and landing position, for every swing from 6-foot pitches to 400-yard drives.
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.
Business retreats don't usually involve go-kart races, but the entertainment emporium's Stoffel Drive headquarters rolls out corporate events that swap staid luncheons for velocity-filled tournaments. And the establishment welcomes more than just businesspeople. Guests of all ages and careers can join in all the activities and whip around the 1K outdoor track in Sutton, reaching speeds of up to 80 kph, a pace eclipsed only by a cheetah on a treadmill.
The warm months of spring and summer bring plenty of reasons to celebrate for the citizens of London. One reason: East Park's Wally World Water Park opens, allowing guests to soar down its seven water slides, two speed slides, two mat rides. When not in the water, those same visitors can enjoy the good weather by playing mini golf, racing go-karts, and hitting balls at the batting cages. There's still plenty to do indoors, too. The Intake Grill serves up refreshments, a rock-climbing wall towers toward the ceiling, and skee-ball and arcade games beckon players with prize-redemption tickets.