Northern Dunes’ front nine holes follow the curves of natural sand dunes in the manner of an original Scottish links course. Casual and avid golfing duos tangle with a par 72, 18-hole course (up to a $55 value per player), exchanging ball banter with trees, fescue, water hazards, and bunkers filled with natural sand in short par 3s and wordy par 4s. Pairs drive between fairways in an included power cart (an $18.50 value per player), navigating the greens' lulls, rises, and ghosts of squirrels past with GolfLogix GPS. The clubhouse nestles its rustic walls between the front and back nine, welcoming hungered putters to the 70-seat Dunes Bar and Grill. The pub proffers breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as a list spanning wine, beer, and mixed drinks. Club-less golfers may rent a set for an additional $12.50 fee.
Elite Fitness sprawls across 7,500 square feet, buffing bods and increasing lung capacity with 65 weight and cardio machines and more than 7,000 pounds of free weights. Group classes, including aerobics, yoga, and jiu-jitsu, ensure repeated workouts through communal encouragement, and complimentary personal trainers motivate muscles that refuse to flex or do their homework. Locker rooms provide lockable storage cubicles for finery and showers for rinsing off nonremovable attire. Members can celebrate successful workouts with a fruit smoothie blended at the Elite Fitness smoothie stand or can give melanin a workout in a stand-up tanning bed. Free parking is provided; however, those who prefer a motorless treadmill can walk or propel a giant hamster ball to the gym along Tay Shore Trail.
Go-karts zoom around a tire-lined track at Blue Mountain Go Karts, but the family-fun centre—which has been a Collingwood staple since 1964—offers a lot more than high-octane rides. Its outdoor grounds encompass batting cages, a full mini-golf course, and a 100-foot slide that was once used to train penguins for the winter games. Junior carts are available for children ages 5-10 on a designated junior track. And picnic tables make the perfect place for lunch.
Glowing monkeys scamper toward a neon waterfall, and a knight bearing a radiant yellow lance rides past a bright orange octopus emerging from the ocean. What appears to be a time-traveling session gone awry is really the evolving environment within Putting Edge’s indoor black-lit mini-golf course, which whisks players to deep seas, Aztec jungles, and medieval times. Since opening its original location in Canada, Putting Edge has now expanded to 16 North American locations, all of which invite guests onto its challenging 18-hole courses to seek victory over opponents and the forces that keep their teeth from not glowing as brightly as they could. Elsewhere, the facility houses private party rooms, concessions, and an arcade filled with gamer favorites such as air hockey.
Bulldog Interactive Fitness began as a facility exclusively for kids, combining fitness with summer camps, birthday parties, and other fun activities. From there, the trainers expanded to include the whole family. Kids play dodge ball, practice hip-hop cheer, or compete in bouts of indoor floor hockey, while adults kickbox or stretch into yoga poses. Should parents' workouts last longer than their offsprings', the kids can head to the supervised games area for electronic or tabletop amusements.
At In Play Inc.'s weekly Kids Night Out, parents drop off kids ages 4–12 for four hours' worth of food and fun supervised by a staff of watchful grownups at an expansive indoor activity centre. Amateur earthlings flourish in the facility's gargantuan indoor playground, a multihued, multilevelled jungle gym equipped with a zip line, moving tunnels, a punching-bag forest, and beach-ball savannah. Younger children can play in a toddler area tucked away from the main flow of playground traffic, in which pretend toys such as a kitchenette and beauty salon are available for imaginative imaginations.