On a sunny but brisk December morning, Let Loose Lisa and I were feeling up for a round of golf... but where, oh where might we golf in December? With the beautiful weather we have been having, I'm sure you'd believe me if I said we went out and played a round of 18 at one of our 12 local courses... but in honesty - we'd be waiting all day due to frost delay. So, we instead ventured deep into our city centre to a location so central, you'd have to be a hacker to miss it!

We arrived at Legends Indoor Golf which is located in Lansdowne Centre. Upon arrival, we were immediately impressed with the facility. As you walk in, there is a section to the right selling golf equipment which is very reminiscent to entering a Pro Shop. We instantly felt that this place was for golfers... the modern feel and decor was definitely above par to many other similar establishments I have seen. There are 5 simulators in the main area all fitted with a bar top table and a few chairs and a few more tables down the centre to accommodate larger groups. There is a more private room fitted with leather chairs and the largest stimulator of them all perfect for a private party. The whole facility is licensed with a snack bar and options for catering.

Let Loose Lisa and I were immediately drawn into the large private room. We were anxious to test these simulators out and I was first up. The first thing Dave (the owner) showed us was the golf analysis tool. I stepped up and took a swing while a camera filmed me from the back and side. Next, he brought up an avatar which indicates the proper movements of a swing. What I found out was that I actually have pretty good form. Other then my arms not being quite straight enough, my posture was very good and my accuracy was better than many experienced players (or so he said). I found this so interesting because I am not a golfer at all, and have only played a few times in my life but he said with a bit of practice, I have potential to be really quite good. This was great news to hear and actually made me more motivated to get out and practice this upcoming year! After the analysis, he showed us a few of the 21 courses available including Banff Springs, Pebble Beach & Wooden Sticks (to name a few)... the High Def screens were so realistic - (including sounds of birds, waves, etc.) it does actually feel as though you are right there.

If playing a full round of golf isn't quite up your alley - there are several other fun games to pick from including skills contests (window break, hit the tractor, long drive competitions, etc.) Heck - you can even bring your Wii or Xbox to set up and play or play a round followed by watching a Canucks game or the like. There really is something for everyone here. If you're a serious golfer, you will love this facility to practice over the winter - head on down for Men's or Ladies' Night, lessons with the GPA certified professional or just grab a group of friends and head down for a drink and some fun! Bring your own clubs or rent them there... the options are endless.

From out of town? No problem... Grab a foursome and head into Kamloops overnight. One night accommodation at the Best Western Hotel Plus Kamloops, complimentary breakfast and a round of golf at Legends all for $70/person (based on a foursome).

Overall - this is a great new tourism product in Kamloops and Lisa and I will definitely be back down sharpening up our skills for the spring ;)

- Kamloops Kendel


Watch our Video from Legends: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UnMHR1ZWg0