The Bogey Golf Tour grants golfers a chance to take to the links and compete against fellow amateurs in tournaments scheduled at some of the finest courses in the London, Windsor, Detroit, and Kitchener/Waterloo areas. At each event, scratch golfers compete in the Birdie division, 0–15 handicaps square off in the Par division, and 16+ handicappers trade pinpoint approaches and sequined divot tools in the Bogey division. The top five finishers in each division receive prize money—which can be paid out in gift certificates or cash—and the Tour also holds prize competitions for longest drive, closest to the pin, and 3-iron jousting. The Tour publishes the results from each tournament in local newspapers, and players can chart the peaks and valleys of their careers on the Tour Members list, which compiles all of their tournament results. Along with providing an outlet for amateur golfers to exercise their long-suppressed competitive side, the Tour and its sponsors have raised $74,000 for various area charities since 2003.
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.
After channeling the insight passed down from a lineage of golf-course architects, Englishman Dr. Martin Hawtree designed Tarandowah Golfers Club as an authentic links course that has been praised by publications including ScoreGolf and Ontario Golf Magazine. The par 70 course circles a body of water and tight-knit grouping of trees, exchanging typical course hazards for an abundance of trajectory altering winds. Sod-faced bunkers and wispy fescue grasses border the course's greens, which are spread out over 7,067 yards from the tips. Tarandowah Golfers Club also houses a clubhouse with food and beverages and a driving range where golfers can calibrate their swings or showcase new post-putt struts.
On Adrenaline Paintball?s vast outdoor fields, airsoft pellets or paintballs flick through the air. The 12 fields help a variety of playing styles to thrive. Combatants seek out their opponents while lurking through trenches littered with foxholes and sniper towers. Wooded areas encourage warriors to dart between trees. Scenarios challenge patrons to rescue hostages or destroy a target. Away from the multilevel forts, winding indoor compound, and concrete tunnels, the field carries tidbits and gear for both airsoft and paintball.
Clovermead offers family-friendly attractions and apiary-fresh honey in an old-fashioned farm setting maintained by the Hiemstras, a family of third-generation beekeepers. With admission to the Adventure Farm, quartets of children and adults can explore a play zone, a mini pioneer town, and pastoral attractions (a $6.78 value/person, including HST). Inside the Bee Discovery station, located in the restored Brownsville train station, guests can gawk at ceiling-high display hives and learn about the well-organized, rent-free lives of miniature honeysmiths. Visitors can also stroll along shaded, wooded trails or scale a mountain made of straw bales, and pint-size adventurers can test the laws of physics by sending themselves down the Black Hole slide. Pedal-powered go-karts convey single or paired riders around a racetrack, and walk-up pens grant farm animals a chance to see humans up close.
At Heritage Lanes, when your legs get tired from bowling, you can rest them in the seat of a virtual race car. The video arcade blinks and whirs with the sounds of pinball and other classic games that light up the space. The alleys won't be outdone, however—they have a luminous display of their own during cosmic play, when black lights form a panorama of violets, pinks, and greens above the pins.
Players of all ages send bowling balls spinning down the colourful lanes. Between turns, they can munch on burgers, hot dogs, and deep-fried mushroom caps from the dining lounge, instead of vengefully gnawing on the one pin that wouldn't topple over. The bowling alley hosts league games as well as casual matches and customizes children's parties to include the guests' preferred genre of music, from rock to country.