The windswept, coastal hillocks of the Old Course at St. Andrews and the seaside cliffs of Pebble Beach both come to life in the aboutGolf Simulators of The Golf Den. Showcasing massive, high-definition screens, the four simulators let golfers—armed with their own clubs or sawed-off curtain rods—play rounds at digital replicas of 40 of the world’s top courses. Players can also work on their swings in the practice modules, which feature systems of high-speed cameras that project the flight of each shot.
Before warping into digital Scotland for a round of 18, golfers can perfect their form with a lesson from one of The Golf Den’s CPGA-certified instructors. During lessons, the staff use V1 Video swing-analysis software to provide visual feedback for each shot, and FlightScope technology to track the ball’s trajectory. Guests in need of replacements for aging clubs or sand wedges that have taken jobs as firewood axes can browse The Golf Den’s inventory of Callaway clubs.
With the Edmonton skyline stretched across the horizon, players scurry past tall pine trees and stone retaining walls as they conquer the nine-hole course at Sherwood Golf & Country Club. The 3,136-yard layout combines challenge and charm with a creek that intertwines throughout the course and a waterfall that sends water crashing earthward, creating a prime opportunity for a between-holes shower. Players that manage to keep their shots dry may not be out of trouble, as glimmering white silica-sand bunkers stand as stoic beaches around slick bentgrass greens. The par 36 design ends with back-to-back par 5s, the last measuring just 473 yards, giving golfers a chance to end their round with a birdie or golf-cart barrel roll before heading in to have a beer at the clubhouse.
Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Rundle Park challenges golfers of all levels on an 18-hole par 3 course framed by the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Tree-lined fairways lead to tidy, manicured greens, many surrounded by two or three sand bunkers culled from self-sacrificing hourglasses. Yardage ranges from 231 yards of steep play on the back of hole 3 to 95 yards leading to a shallow, wide green on the front of hole 17. Golfers can rent carts for an additional fee at the pro shop ($26 for 18 holes) or enjoy quick bites and beverages at the clubhouse located at the top of the park. Rundle Park's convenient online reservation option lets guests book tee times from the comfort of their own homes or hermetically sealed plastic bubbles.