With two 18-hole courses draped over a scenic stretch of Ontario countryside, Oak Hills Golf Club invites duffers to test their swings across rolling, timber-lined fairways. On both courses, constant elevation changes force players to hit toward uphill and downhill targets, and ponds, streams, and trees wielding catchers' mitts wait to snatch errant orbs. The longer of the two, the Highland Course connects across 5,655 yards, including an uphill, 568-yard par 5 that will require three long shots to reach the green in regulation. Though considerably shorter at 5,135 yards, the Glen Course requires more careful play with narrow fairways and traffic cones that carts must slalom in between each hole. The Club also encompasses a 30-stall driving range with grass hitting areas for pre-round warm-ups or casual practice sessions.
At Webster Golf Club, not one but two 18-hole championship courses invite golfers to frolic among their twining streams, sandy bunkers, and devious doglegs. The par-72 east course, designed by James Harrison and Ferdinand Garbin, has welcomed cleated feet for more than half a century. Water impediments guard the putting greens on six of its fairways, including the fourth hole, where golfers must set model ships afloat to ferry their orbs across the stream that bars the way to the green. Small, fast greens and an emphasis on iron play challenge golfers as they swing their way through the course. The east course’s younger sibling, built in 1973, is the par-70 west course, where strategically rooted trees spread their leaves to block second shots.
Players looking to hone their skills head over to the Webster Range and Learning Center, which stretches out over 17 acres. The lighted center combines a 4-acre, all-grass tee, a 2,500-square-foot putting green, two practice traps, and four target greens. One hundred hitting stations at the driving range ensure that entire musical casts can bond together while whacking spheres.
East Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-72 course
Length of 7,100 yards from the farthest set of tees
Course rating of 71.2 from the farthest set of tees
Slope rating of 121 from the farthest set of tees
Four sets of tees
West Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-70 course
Length of 6,003 yards from the farthest set of tees
Course rating of 66.6 from the farthest set of tees
Slope rating of 106 from the farthest set of tees
At Adventure Landing, children frolic through six completely interactive indoor and outdoor attractions. The WOW! Factory surrounds visitors with more than 9,000 foam balls, which they load into cannons to blast at moving targets or into foam geysers to knock down hard-to-reach birthday balloons. They time each other in races down a three-story slide or while traversing webbed nets and bridges. Aerial antics continue at a ropes course suspended 18 feet about the ground, but guests can channel their energy into creative activities instead as they build stuffed animals at the Teddy Bear Factory. Outside, they compete through three themed mini golf courses, where shots and curse words shouted by lawn gnomes traverse 18 holes of tunnels, waterfalls, and small mountains. Adventure Land's staff regularly coordinates kid-friendly events such as a playground-wide Easter egg hunt, charity raffles, and fundraising events, or organize fully catered and decorated birthday parties.
Foxbriar Golf Range's verdant grounds challenge all aspects of golfers' games with a variety of practice areas. Callaway range balls perch atop tees in the 4,000-square-foot grass tee area or on realistic range mats, with automated ball dispensers that allow players to practice at any time, day or night. A grassy putting green tunes up short games with challenging lies, and a sand trap helps golfers practice chip shots, wedge skills, and wrestling balls out of the claws of territorial crabs.
New players and seasoned golfers looking to perfect their swings can up their game by taking lessons from Foxbriar’s on-staff PGA Professional, Mike Judy, who sports 30 years of mentoring experience. And kids’ or Lilliputians who want in on the fun can swing their clubs on the 18-hole miniature golf course, whose heather grass eschews kitschy obstacles for tricky, links-style layouts
The course at Brockport Golf Club strings together a cornucopia of holes that require golfers to adapt their game to a green that is at times hilly and flat, lengthy and less so. Wedges establish themselves as the most important components of the golf bag on the front nine, edging out the woods and remote-control air horns, as tight fairways often leave players scrambling to get up and down. Water is more frequent on this side, with a stream twice crossing the fairway of the third hole, a 507-yard par 5. After players make the turn, the course opens up considerably and becomes better suited to long hitters, who can finally unleash pent-up power by nailing their tee shots or returning the flagstick to the cup with a 100-yard javelin throw. Though the track requires skill with each club, the undulating greens place most pressure on the putter and spell doom for those players who three putt too often.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Total length of 6,075 yards from the White tees * Course rating of 69.2 from the White tees * Course slope of 128 from the White tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Arrowhead Golf Course’s 18-hole track rubs shoulders with the banks of the Erie Canal, which players follow on a picturesque tour of flora and fauna. Richard Wholers built the course in 1976, and made up for the lack of available distance by keeping the bluegrass fairways narrow and the bentgrass-greens compact. In addition to the canal, which looms heavily on the mind throughout a round, golfers must also factor water hazards on 12 holes into their shot-making decisions and choice of location for talking about how dumb mermaids look. These aquatic pitfalls take the form of nine ponds and two creeks that snake their ways across the beryl-green grass.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 66 course * Total length of 4,171 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 61.5 from the back tees * Course slope of 103 from the back tees