Some consider it therapeutic. Others find it a challenging exercise. Either way, the driving range is an oasis where golfers send shots soaring toward a variety of targets spread across the 300-yard fairway from the two-tiered structure peppered with 57 stalls. Launch Golf Centre remains open throughout the year, allowing players of all stripes to work on full drives in spring, mid-iron approaches in summer, or using putters to swordfight snowmen in winter. During cold months, players can opt for heated hitting zones as they thwack golf balls into the snowy tundra. The centre also offers table service for food and drinks while players are honing their skills. For players looking to improve their skill sets with the help of an expert, six teaching professionals conduct lessons and clinics to smooth the path toward lower scores.
The piercing clang of well-struck drives resonates across the grounds at Golden Ridge Golf, their echoes beckoning to clubbers to come groom their game at the multifaceted complex. Guests can smooth out rough-edged swings with a stint at the 300-yard driving range, where players can hit off of natural grass or faux-turf mats and take cover in sheltered hitting bays during rainstorms or pelican pranks. An 18-hole mini-golf course channels the charm of an old country town with a decorative wagon, general store facade, and putters that double as moustache combs. All of the grounds’ score-shaving resources are utilized to the fullest during Golf Academy clinics and lessons, which are overseen by CPGA-certified pro and former touring professional Gordie Burns.
Golfers of all skill levels can enhance skills and lower scores at The Golf Lab, where high-end technology scrutinizes swing mechanics and pinpoints areas for improvement. During video swing-analysis sessions, one of Golf Lab's head teaching pros diagnoses swing maladies and breaks down each shot in slow motion video so pupils can better understand corrective advice and contemplate the fleeting nature of real-time. Swing-tracking technology boils the pendulous artistry of each drive to a quantifiable science, so instructors draw from precise, empirical data to support their conclusions on how players can avoid score-mangling slices, snap-hooks, and shanks.
Aspiring aces can augment knowledge gleaned from each lesson during mat time at The Golf Lab's indoor hitting bays, where premium range balls willfully make themselves casualties in the creation of crucial muscle memory. Each mat boasts radar swing-analysis technology and instant video playback, allowing players to correct swings based on observation rather than the outmoded strategy of using 9-irons as swords and duelling opponents.
Tee Times Indoor Golf challenges players in six High Definition Golf virtual simulators in four open game bays and two private rooms under perpetually sunny virtual skies. The facility’s simulators usher two ball punishers through the widescreen fairways, greens, and sand-bunker mini bosses of real world championship courses such as Banff Springs, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Casa de Campo, and TPC Blue Monster at Doral. Simulator sensors, like eagle mathematicians, artfully capture each golfer's swing trajectory, tracing each shot based on ball speed and spin, launch angle, club face impact pressure, and swing path. Simulators ardently follow game rules, allowing for a protractor-accurate and physics-friendly game on greens and classic links with desert, ocean, and mountain scenes. This deal is valid for any simulator in the centre, based on availability.
Putting Edge's phosphorescent indoor mini golf course challenges putters with a network of greens hindered by glow-in-dark obstacles. Eighteen holes twist and turn throughout a darkened space populated by painted neon trees and glowing statues. A steady stream of upbeat music sets the pace for players as they navigate their way through the incandescent labyrinth to prove to competitors that their putting skills—like the bottom of Lake Michigan and Celine Dion's hair—are untouchable.