Carved through the tree-lined wetlands near the Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort, Golf Manitou's par-58 course showcases the artistry of architect Darrell Huxham. By design, each hole is a grassy homage to a different legendary golf course—the sand encircling the tenth green, for instance, recalls the Desert Highlands Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the towering pine trees around the third hole mimic North Carolina's legendary Pinehurst. Unlike the thick shag carpet covering other courses' greens, slick bent grass makes for fast putts at almost every hole—including the fourth green's two-tiered tribute to Ballybunion Golf Club in Ireland. Before rounds, golfers can warm up at the driving range, which sports both grass and synthetic hitting bays, or practice putting and chipping on a massive 18-hole, 30,000-square-foot practice green.
For more than four decades, the starters at Cedar Glen Golf Course have sent groups of golfers over the threshold of the first tee and bid them adieu as they embark upon rounds of golf. The 18-hole course blends touches of both links-style layouts and parkland settings, featuring numerous tree-lined fairways as well as plenty of open, rolling landscape. Rather than forcing golfers to make practice swings by hitting acorns into a pile for lazy squirrels, the course features a driving range and putting green to help with ironing out pre-round kinks.
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After sixteen years cruising capricious waterways by raft, Horizon X owner Martin Bertrand feels confident that the best excursions must take place in smaller boats. Rather than placing customers in the more popular and cost-effective "bus" rafts that seat 10–14 passengers, Martin opts for the small and stable Maravia Diablo. Referred to by Martin as the "sports cars of rafting," the safe, self-bailing vessels comfortably seat six to seven passengers. It's this attention to detail and customer service that won them "Feature Award – Tourism" at the 2013 Business Achievement Awards Gala held by the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to a whitewater rafting, Martin and his troupe of knowledgeable guides and instructors supervise riverboarding and kayak expeditions that last up to two days and often encompass Horizon X's signature overnight stays at a base camp. The base-camp is located on the Ottawa river with access to all of its breathtaking views. The base-camp excursions include recreation such as beach volleyball, horseshoes, and hammocks for groups of up to 42 people. As an incentive to encourage eco-friendly adventuring, Martin's green program furnishes free trip photos and tree hugs if participants carpool to the base camp in the best ratio for their group.
From dawn to dusk, Oziles’ ice huts on Petrie Island create one of the biggest ice-fishing villages in eastern Ontario. The tackle shop is also fully stocked with everything necessary for a day on the ice for both large and small groups. Oziles rents ice huts with stoves and scenic picture windows, from which groups of up to six can watch the ice fishing holes outside.
During warmer months, shop’s rental watercrafts, which require no boat operator’s card to use, exemplify the outfitter’s mission to empower Ottawans to explore and conserve their surrounding waterways. Before passengers embark on their trips, the crew familiarizes them with their boats and fishing gear, and teaches hand signals for passing by ducks before bidding them bon voyage. The crew also repairs, cleans, and winterizes private boats and furnishes captains with year-round boat storage at the marina.
Virtual Sports Zone's golf playgrounds let fairway fiends of all skill levels conquer courses any time of year while enjoying the comforts of the great indoors. Special 3-D modelling technology recreates the playgrounds' 17 world-renowned courses available for play, crafting photo-realistic environments detailed enough to spot wind-blown roughs or ball-devouring gators from afar. To improve your club-crushing abilities, an advanced visual computer system analyzes the dynamics of your swing—including shaft flex, angle of attack, wrist cock, and degree of eyebrow movement—with results accessible on-screen, printed, or emailed.
The par 72 Hammond Golf Course stretches over 6,746 yards of rolling hills polka dotted with evergreens and scribbled with still creeks. Golfers approach the first tee and gaze over a 504-yard fairway, which hooks right toward a green guarded by pair of bunkers awaiting errant shots and misguided sunbathers. After the first hole, players face a gauntlet of equally lengthy par 5s, dogleg par 4s, and short par 3s. Three sets of tees make the course playable for golfers of all abilities, taking the average player around four hours—or one metric Nicklaus—to complete. Golfers with today's deal have the option of rounding out foursomes with two younger players, who can use this time to learn the game or call out adults for abusing mulligans.