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:
West Course at a Glance:
Built in 1993 by owner Neil Comstra, Eagle Ridge Driving Range has since expanded from a practice facility to a fun center with mini-golfing and go-karting action. While putting guests try their hand at the 18-hole mini-golf course, players rehearsing teeoffs on the 300-yard driving range can take aim at a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle and the mechanic trying to start it. Guests can transition to a different kind of driving by hopping into a single- or double-seated go-kart for a spin around the oval slick track. In between races, range time, and mini-golf games, youngsters can continue playing in an oversized sandbox or join adults on the facility's picnic tables or in the shade of a custom-built gazebo.
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.
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:
The 18-hole Rock and Roll Golf course caters to the average golfer with play that allows for some challenge, but mainly encourages all members of the family to enjoy their round without too much frustration. Composed mostly of par 3s, the course plays over fairly level terrain scattered with trees and shrubbery, meaning golfers won’t have to adjust their swings to account for wild fluctuations in elevation or distracting mountain search parties. Rock and Roll Golf keeps all players hydrated with complimentary bottled water. After a round, foursomes and families can stick around and use the free picnic area, which features a propane barbecue grill, volleyball net, and basketball hoop.
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.
It’s difficult to look down the tree-lined fairway on the first hole at Camden Braes Golf & Country Club and envision what was there just four decades earlier. In the early 1970s, the Wolfram family began their labour of love to transform a flat expanse of cornfield into an 18-hole golf course, manually levelling cornstalks, picking rocks, planting trees, and chasing off the ghost of Kevin Costner’s little-league-baseball coach. The hard work paid off when the first golfer sent his tee shot screaming down the first fairway in 1976, opening up the player-friendly design that still welcomes golfers to traverse the 150-acre grounds. Filled with water hazards that bring to mind nearby Lake Ontario, and gently sloping terrain, golfers engage in careful club selection before making long drives down tree-lined fairways.
The course winds through the wooded countryside with fairways surrounded by dense foliage. After rounds, players can toast to the best putts at the clubhouse restaurant while admiring panoramic views of the surrounding greenery.