Thunderbird Sports Centre challenges clubswingers' short game on its nine-hole, par 27 Thunderbird Golf Course. Honouring the undulating terrain, plentiful evergreens, and deciduous trees, the course layout sets a brisk pace with a 10-storey metronome at the center and holes ranging from 88 to 142 yards. Design elements elevate play even further, intermingling bodies of water, sand traps, and deep rough. The fully lit course stays open until 10:30 p.m., or whenever the area's stone gargoyles come to life. Pull cart ($3.75) and club rentals ($9.15) are also available, and golfers can refresh before or after a game at the pro shop.
Sculpted into the banks of the St. Lawrence River, Iroquois Golf Club’s links-style course spans 6,158 yards of gently undulating terrain. As players traverse the picturesque par 72, riverside winds, relatively sparse trees, and scorecards printed in Gaelic channel the coastal charms of the old courses of the Emerald Isle. Intervening waterways appear on all but three holes, placing confident swings and sound course management at a premium. Rounds conclude with a dramatic finish at the par 3 18th hole, where approach shots must send golf balls soaring over a water hazard that sits between tee and green and houses a community of great blue herons who raise their young on a golf ball-based diet. Patrons who arrive by plane at the Iroquois Air Strip or by boat at the Iroquois Marine Services can call the golf club and arrange for a shuttle to drive them to and from the course.
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Golf-O-Max's indoor golf centre tees up 10 golf simulators with dozens of virtual world-class golf courses, allowing for year-round play. Pregame, players can practice approach and chip shots and wallop with woods and irons on a simulated driving range that realistically captures speed, direction, trajectory, spin, and sportsmanlike conduct before a 10’x12’ screen. Trees and hazards come into play on the par 3 course, as wayward virtual balls follow the course's actual topography. Players can also narrow options with a choice of tee levels, wind speed, and green conditions on a choice of world-class courses, such as the PGA Tour–famed Castle Pines or Pebble Beach. Reverse and aerial views allow players realistic course sights, and the replay feature recaptures impressive shots and shots only a mother could love. During the summer period from May 1 through September 30, this deal is valid for either two rounds of play for a single player, or for one round of play for each of two players.
Entertaining the throngs of Ottawa with more than 9,000 square feet of active recreation, A Putt Above envelops mini golfers in a glow-in-the-dark 3-D course, which comes alive under black lights. The Pirate combo (a $12.50/person value) equips putter wielders with 3-D glasses, glow bracelets, and a bilingual shoulder parrot. After donning the 3-D glasses, putt-putters morph into part of the moving course as the floors begin to float and the scenery starts to sway. Creatures such as a shark, an octopus, and a pirate burst forth and ask for each putt-putter's hand in marriage throughout the 18 holes. For a more immersive experience, A Putt Above recommends putt-putters wear white, which, along with the glow bracelets and golf balls carved from moon rock, enhances the glow from the black lights.
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.
After taking her son to a miniature golf course in Nepean, Josée Whissel was frustrated. There were mini-golf courses in Orléans, she told Orléans Online, "but nothing like this." In response, Whissel—with help from her husband, two kids, and DNA (her father once owned a course himself)—opened The Game to serve as a hometown mini-golf destination. Designed to challenge golfers of all experience levels, whether young children or old pros with prosthetic putters for legs, obstacles range from sand traps and waterfalls to rough patches in the artificial turf. Between games, players can reenergize with food and drinks from the snack bar manned by a bilingual staff.