Whether trading groundstrokes on the tennis courts, hunting birdies on the golf course, or practicing cannonballs in the swimming pool, guests make the most of the summer sun at Amberwood Village Golf and Country Club. On the nine-hole, 2,387-yard executive golf course, golfers are presented with three par 4s, five par 3s, and one 463-yard par 5 that prevents drivers and 3 woods from napping in their head covers all day. The whooshes of ace serves and forehand winners echo above the club's three hard-surface tennis courts, where players can schedule open court times or register for lessons.
Appetites piqued by outdoor recreation can be sated at bistrofiftyfour, where chefs put their spin on European bistro classics with an expansive menu that features jumbo shrimp linguini, open-faced smoked salmon sandwiches, and thin-crust pizzas. Guests can unwind amid granite countertops and straight-backed leather chairs in the indoor diner or bestow pet names on every club in their bags from the outdoor patio, which overlooks the golf course.
As they traverse Capital Golf Centre's course, players will notice that there aren’t any water hazards or sandtraps to contend with, or, for that matter, any par 4s or 5s. This is entirely by design: the course architects designed a low-stress experience for all players, but primarily those who are just taking up the game or picking it back up after a long time away. The result is a par 3 course that winds through the Ottawa Valley forest, composed of 18 holes measuring up to 202 yards. The layout helps novice and veteran players alike focus on accuracy with their irons and short game, without the difficulties from long water carries or tight lies in bunkers riddled with sunbathing tourists.
Players can head to the practice area and make use of the driving range’s mat or grass tees, putting green, and chipping green. A portion of the driving range is specifically dedicated to short iron play, with targets spaced out between 50 to 350 yards away.
In 1954, Alfred and Jean Welch purchased 100 acres of land 20-minutes from downtown Ottawa. One day, a friend suggested that the picturesque property could make a beautiful golf course: it had streams, trees, and plenty of space for golf carts to roam. The idea became Alfred's dream, and by 1976, he had transformed the property into a nine-hole course. The operation grew steadily over the years and today it features 27 holes, including a 6,500-yard 18-hole course and a 3,000-yard nine-hole course. Metcalfe Golf Club also boasts a year-round restaurant named Hickories. Guests can sit on Hickories screened-in patio and admire the 400 year old Oak tree, watch the families of ducks, and even catch a glimpse of the local blue heron. Hickories also feature a buffet during select hours. See the buffet schedule.