The rolling terrain at Willodell Golf Club of Niagara's 18-hole course may lull golfers into a false sense of security, but allowing the landscape to do so would undermine the course's chief threat: water hazards. The 6,481-yard, par 72 layout, voted "Best Golf Course in Niagara" in the Niagra Falls Review's 2012 Reader's Choice Awards, features several sneaky waterways that come into play on 10 holes, showcasing ponds of all sizes and the watery guise of Lyon's and Tee Creeks. Some water features are difficult to spot, obscured by brambly depressions and trees walking to the shores for a drink. A 484-yard par 5, the first hole eases golfers into the round, and a 300-yard, grass-tee driving range lets golfers warm up their swings.
Off the course, made-from-scratch soups, stocks, and sauces add a flavourful punch to dishes at Willodell Golf Club's dining room, which offers 10-ounce burgers alongside savoury entrees such as sweet-chili salmon and vegetable stir-fry. Along with a dining room and lounge, the restaurant offers patio seating for guests who prefer to dine in the company of their solar-powered caddies.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,481 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 72.3 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 127 from the farthest tees
Five tee options
Beaver Island State Park stretches out over 950 acres at the southern end of Grand Island, on the shores of the upper Niagara River. The park's sandy half-mile beach welcomes swimmers and boaters. Nearby, an 80-slip marina with a boat launch lets mariners set sail in boats, kayaks, canoes, or origami yachts made from newspaper. Landlubbers swing clubs at an 18-hole championship golf course, venture down biking and hiking trails, and unpack picnic baskets on the park's scenic grounds. Guests seeking a break from the sun can visit a nature center with interactive exhibits on local flora and fauna. Guests also can drop by the River Lea house and museum, home to the Grand Island Historical Society and constructed by Grover Cleveland's cousin. In the winter, the park hosts snowmobilers, skiers, and snowshoers willing to brave the frigid air and rabid snowmen.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,645 yards
Course rating of 70.2
Slope rating of 108
The intermittent whooshes of practice swings and the piercing din of a well-struck drive soundtrack guests' visits to Airport Driving Range, where golfers can prepare for their next day at the links. The range boasts ample space for players to unsheathe their driver, as well as grass hitting areas for those who prefer a natural feel and artificial hitting mats for golfers with a debilitating fear of earthworms. Golfers can hone their swings under sunny skies or during inclement weather, as Airport Driving Range is open rain or shine and many of its hitting mats are protected from the elements by a yellow canopy.
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After explaining the vehicle features and the proper safety protocols, staff members turn over the keys. Drivers can develop a feel for the automobile's speed and cat-like agility while guiding it around a controlled autocross course for several laps. For a truly immersive experience, The Motorsport Lab occasionally rents out its sports cars for weekend-long escapes that let clients travel in style and become the object of envy at any drive-through dry cleaner.
Named one of America’s top 100 driving ranges by Golf Range Magazine in 2011, Broadway Driving Range & Miniature Golf invites golfers to launch towering drives under covered hitting bays toward a target field that stretches more than 350 yards. Golfers who favor a natural feel can hack through a bucket of balls at the range’s all-grass hitting areas; synthetic hitting mats cater to refined sand wedges that consider divots uncouth. Laid-back clubbers can practice pendulous putts at the complex’s miniature-golf course, where players circle around a barn built in 1932 through a farm-themed circuit of 18 miniature fairways featuring antique farm tools. Broadway Driving Range can cool down clients with soft-serve custard from Green Acres Ice Cream.