Composed of nine challenging holes, the course at Hidden Hills of Shellbrook extends to 3,227 yards stretched over a canvas of emerald green. The course maintains its dazzling hue thanks to an irrigation system that keeps the turf quenched and repels the feral cats that like to nap in the fringe. Play twice intersects a meandering creek that trips up momentum for many a player, nowhere more dramatically than at the eighth hole, a 376-yard par 4 with a vicious dogleg right. Here, players must hold back on their tee shots to avoid overshooting the fairway, and then fly their approaches over the creek’s volatile waters. Golfers who haven’t paid visits since 2009 may also notice a significant increase in overall difficulty thanks to a reconstruction project that tacked on 745 yards that year.
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With fitness programs for women of all sizes, ages, and ability levels, Ladies California Fitness makes it hard to avoid the gym. The staff maintains a philosophy that fitness should be fun rather than grueling, which they translate in practice by greeting members with smiling faces and pairing them with certified personal trainers.
Sundance Balloons' vibrant hot-air balloons float adventurous passengers over scenic landscapes. Each one-hour journey commences as sojourners greet their flight crew at a pre-determined location, receive a briefing on what to expect during the excursion, and observe their balloon as it swells to more than 10 stories in height.
The woven gondolas glide 1,000 feet above the ground but can sometimes gently skim treetops or cornfields when wandering over the countryside. Since balloons drift with prevailing winds, there is no wind chill and travellers feel only a slight sensation of movement. As is tradition for ballooning, explorers of the appropriate age end their flight with a champagne toast to tranquility, beauty, and neighbourhoods that appear as giant smiley faces only visible from the air.
Although he’s Canadian, Dez Reed’s talent has international appeal. The busy comic has toured 17 countries on four continents and even appeared with an American president—he opened for George W. Bush on his book tour.
Via Dez Reed Comedy Club, Dez brings his cosmopolitan jokes to Saskatoon audiences twice a week, with shows that pair his performances with guest stars from Edmonton, Seattle, and other nearby locales. Patrons can nosh on pub grub such as Reuben sandwiches and bacon-cheddar burgers, as well as beers poured onsite during shows, which are held on the second floor of Maguires Irish Pub and Brewery. The charmingly simple stage contains only a microphone, unlike the heaps of discarded banana peels found at most comedy clubs.
Curling is in Chad McMullan’s blood. After spending his childhood Sundays watching his parents compete at their favourite Winnipeg rink, Chad carried on the family tradition, notching victories in multiple World Curling Tour outings, two appearances in Canadian national championships, and one imaginary sleepover with the Governor-General over the course of his career. After stints as Executive Director of the World Curling Tour and World Curling Players' Association, Chad brought his icy know-how to Rock Solid Productions, which applies curling’s fundamental team-building qualities to everything from business retreats to beginner’s lessons. The group’s in-school training program introduces curling to 100,000 students each year, helping Chad share his childhood love of the game with the next generation of competitors.
Nestled along the South Saskatchewan river valley in Victoria Park, the Riverside Badminton & Tennis Club sends racqueteers bounding after shuttlecocks and bouncing balls seven days per week. Nine tennis courts host seesawing scrimmages atop freshly resurfaced grounds, which are illuminated after nightfall. Competitors can also battle racquet-to-racquet on six hardwood badminton courts. Aside from day-to-day drop-in games, the club also offers lessons, camps, and leagues to help players of all ages to hone their skills, and Riverside's attentive staff remains on duty to dish out advice and mediate arguments between rival ball machines. Other on-site amenities include a pro shop and lounge area.