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Winter Golf Options in Minnesota

December 26, 2012

Minnesota Golf During the Winter

Cabin fever setting in already? We’ve gotten the first big snowfall, and it probably won’t be the last. If the covered-grass is already giving you anxiety about when your next round may be, it might be time to start looking into other options.

Domes: There is something nostalgic about heading to a big bubble of hot air to hit balls off of a springy green mat. That must be the Minnesotan in me


talking. For as long as I can remember, my dad and I would get antsy in the winter and head to the nearest dome to hit golf balls. The ball always seemed to go so much further and straighter in the dome—or maybe that was the white, convex screen I was hitting into. At any rate, a dome is a good way to get the kids out of the house for a while in the winter, or remind yourself what your own swing feels like and watch the ball fly.

Simulators: If you’re looking for the opportunity to play world-famous golf courses without the hassle or expense of travel, then a simulator is the place for you. As golf simulators have become more and more popular in Minnesota, many of them have started carrying bar snacks and cold beverages. Head over on a snowy afternoon and make the most of the winter—on virtual Pebble Beach.

Outdoor All-Season Ranges: How committed are you to Minnesota weather? We’ve heard of golfers playing in all sorts of extremes, but for some Minnesotans, snow golf or golfing itself is just not quite important enough to play all-year round. If you’re willing to brave the elements, there are a couple of year-round driving ranges available to the true die-hard golfers. Honestly, even if you’re not a die-hard golfer, hitting golf balls during a blizzard is a bucket-list type outing that you may want to give a try… at least once in your life.

How do you combat cabin fever in the winter? Do you have any go-to practice solutions?

Just remember…winter doesn’t need to keep you from golf!

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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