The eZone entices players of all ages with more than 30,000 square feet of space for energetic group games. The majestic sport of WhirlyBall combines the tenets of bumper cars, hockey, and lacrosse in a brilliant amalgamation that was carelessly overlooked by Mother Nature. WhirlyBallers in the heat of combat must steer their WhirlyBug cars with one hand while simultaneously using a plastic scoop to fling a wiffle ball at an elevated goal. Groups of up to 10 people can zoom around the court for 30 minutes or can use two Groupons for a full hour of fast frenzy. First-time players might be surprised by the intensity and speed of the game, which thuds and whizzes its strapped-in participants on an electronic court. Each car sports a special steering mechanism that enables the driver to steer in any direction, maximizes control, and makes it easier to parallel park in absolute darkness.
Golfers encounter ponds, streams, and diverse marshland throughout the grounds at The Meadows Golf and Country Club, which provide a sense of scenic continuity to its sprawling 36-hole golf complex. The four nine-hole courses can be played interchangeably for a variety of 18-hole combinations, all of which weave fairways through rows of mature willow trees on their way to large, bent-grass greens. Golfers can warm up for rounds at the full-length driving range or head to the 40-yard short-game range to work on approach shots, such as chipping, pitching, or threatening to replace underachieving sandwedges with flagsticks.
In addition, golfers can seek out inventive ways to improve their swings with lessons from The Meadows’ staff of CPGA instructors or decorate their golf bag at the pro shop full of rental clubs and equipment from top brands including FootJoy and Top-Flite. The Meadows Golf and Country Club also offers a club card complete with special perks and savings for frequent visitors.
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.
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.
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.