It was a long summer golf season in Minnesota filled with great weather, excellent conditions, and many rounds — a boon for golfers and golf courses alike.
But try as we may to extend those Minnesota golf rounds into late fall (or even early November), the cold winds of winter will eventually shut it down. But you don’t have to stop swinging a club just because the snow is flying.
There are numerous golf domes, golf simulators and indoor golf facilities to keep the good golf season going all winter long. In some cases, you may have to drive a bit, but there are so many facilities in Minnesota, you won’t have to go far to stay in the swing.
Before you head out to swing a club, keep in mind a few ideas worth considering for your winter practice.
- Stretch out before you start hitting golf balls. It may have been awhile since you last played golf, and if you aren’t physically ready to swing, a pulled muscle could occur and delay your offseason practice even longer.
- Vary your practice by mixing up the clubs you work with. It may be more time-efficient to swing the driver over and over again before switching to an iron, and that can be a good way to fix issues. But to keep your mind on the practice and not become bored with the workout, try a driver, long iron, wedge — just like what might happen on the course. It keeps you interested and replicates the way we play.
- Try out a new routine or swing, if what you are presently doing is not working. The offseason is a great time to change things up as you have plenty of time to make it part of your routine. They say it takes a season for a change to take hold, but that all depends upon how much time you spend working on it.
- Take a lesson, talk to a pro, or get some swing analysis prior to your offseason program. Whatever we practice is ultimately what we will take to the course (we hope) — so practice the right things. Make sure that what you are working on is working and worthwhile to pursue. A golf pro, especially one with a swing analysis machine, can pick out flaws in your swing and help you correct them.
Here are a few different places throughout the state to get in your offseason work.
Acceleration North Golf and Fitness, Arden Hills — Acceleration offers a 2,200 square foot golf facility with five hitting bays, a JC Video teaching station, an Opti-Shot simulator, and a 38 x 25 foot putting green with four sloped hole locations. 651-486-0020
Bulrush Golf Simulators, Rush City — Bulrush features two state-of-the-art About Golf simulators and a lounge. Golf leagues available. 320-358-1050
Braemar Golf Dome, Edina — The Braemar Dome is open November through mid-April and features 46 tee areas on two levels. Lessons available. 952-826-6744
The Bunker Indoor Golf Center, Minnetonka — The Bunker features 12 full-swing golf simulators, 10 HD TV’s and food & drinks. Leagues and lessons are available. 952-935-4110
Golf Zone, Chaska — One of the first in the Twin Cities area (since 1998 as Rain, Snow or Shone Golf), Golf Zone features 40 heated stalls, an 18 hole indoor mini-putt, course, an 18 hole outdoor mini-putt—plus lessons from a teaching pro. 952-445-1500
Inside Edge Golf, Eden Prairie — Featuring eight state-of-the-art AboutGolf PGA Tour simulators, including the amazing 3-screen SimSurround, leagues, lessons and group events. 952-937-6251
A Lot Of Green Golf–Dome & Simulators, Burnsville — This indoor dome driving range includes golf simulators with HD golf at some well-known golf courses. Leagues available. 952-746-4534
Gopher Hills—Golf Simulator, Cannon Falls — Play more than 100 courses on the State of the Art Golf Simulator. Open every day. Full Bar and Menu Available. 507-263-2507
Midwest Golf Academy, St. Paul/West Lakeland — Located in the Goodrich Golf Dome, the Academy features Mobile Certified Trackman Instructors offering package lessons with state-of-the-art Trackman simulation equipment used by the PGA Tour. 651-226-1571
The Pines at Grand View Lodge, Nisswa — 218-963-0001 — Get some top-notch golf instruction from two PGA members at The Pines’ indoor simulator. The PGA pros are available for lessons. 218-963-0001
Greg Schulze Golf Learning Center at the University of Minnesota, Les Bolstad Learning Center, Falcon Heights — Call 2007 Minnesota PGA Teacher of the Year Greg Schulze for lesson information. Winter lessons available. 651-269-7565
Sigette Golf School, Eden Prairie — Golf instruction with Brandon Sigette, Teaching Professional, where the mission is to create a fun, family friendly, learning atmosphere to promote the game of golf while improving players’ skills and increase comprehension of rules and etiquette. 701-739-0657
Golf Tec — There are several Twin Cities locations of Golf Tec where you can get instruction and swing analysis on state-of-the-art equipment. 877-446-5383
The 10 Sports Dome, Long Lake — This 30,000-foot dome has plenty of room to stay in offseason golf shape throughout the long, cold winter. 952-417-6990
The Golf Center, Brooklyn Park — The two-tier golf dome has plenty of stalls for practice and allows you to use all your clubs all winter long. 763-424-2929
Explore Minnesota Golf Alliance is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to raise awareness of Minnesota golf courses and resorts as international travel destinations. Our member facilities feature award-winning, championship golf courses and are geographically disbursed across the great state of Minnesota. The combination of exceptional quality and outstanding value make Minnesota one of the best golf destinations in the United States.