“Practice with a purpose,” says Joe Park, who has been a golf pro for more than twenty-five years. “Have a pro show you what to work on, and then take the time to improve your game.” Winter is no excuse to allow your golf swing waste away. Refine your swing by getting lessons and practicing at an indoor facility. Here are four great domes and one of the largest golf simulation facilities in the metro area.
825 Flying Cloud Drive
Shakopee, MN 55379
Enjoy Minnesota’s crisp air as you maintain your golf skill level year-round. Hit unlimited balls from any of 40 fully heated spacious stalls. Hear the crack of the ball and watch it soar into the open field of this 90-acre complex opened in 1998. Contact 30-year full-time Professional Golf Instructor Gary L. Greenquist for lessons at Golf Zone. Bring your refreshment to the stall and watch the game on a TV in each stall. Hit as many balls as you wish, as the stall is rented by the half-hour. Bring the kids for Big Bear 18-hole indoor mini putt.
Goodrich Golf Dome
1815 Van Dyke St.
Maplewood, MN 55109
Brent Snyder, named PGA Minnesota’s 2015 Teacher of the Year, anchors a full staff of year-round golf professionals available on a first-come-first-served basis. The staff is experienced in working with all skill levels of all ages, allowing for choice of a number of rates. The dome provides for 60-yard drives with three targets in the back and three chipping targets at 20, 30 and 40 yards. There are 33 stalls, plus a chipping and putting area all in the heated space. Other services include clubs re-gripping and club rentals. Relax with snacks and a 42-inch television in the lounge. The facility is open seven days a week; stop by Mon through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., but hours are shortened on Sunday.
Braemar Golf Dome
7420 Braemar Blvd.
Edina, MN 55436
Braemar dome claims the mantel of “largest and longest-hitting in the Twin Cities area with forty-seven tee boxes on two levels and a large practice putting green.” The facility also sports two large bulls eye targets, two greens with flags and two smaller chipping targets. Braemar Golf Dome compensates for distance limitations normally found in a dome by providing 10 TrackTee dividers. TrackTee measures ball velocity and estimates drive length after each shot. The TrackTee divider displays results on the easy to read screen. Five PGA Professionals are on hand, ready to serve golfers of any skill level.
Brooklyn Park Indoor Golf And Sports Center
8401 West 83rd St.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55434
Keep swinging all winter long seven days of the a week from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn Park’s heated dome is 70 yards long with 32 hitting stalls and filled with flags, two targets and a chipping area. Golf pros are generally on hand to help and will make an appointment if you call in advance. Get your sodas and snacks at the desk and relax in a lounge with a television.
The Bunker Indoor Golf
14900 Hwy 7 W.
Minnetonka, MN 55345
Play all aspects of the game on any of the 12 Full Swing Golf Simulators. These advanced technology machines come with driving range, chipping and putting green and several packages designed to improve your game. Play any of the 80 most prestigious golf courses from around the world such as St. Andrews, Torrey Pines, Pebble Beach, Innisbrook and Bay Hill. Established in 1997, The Bunker Indoor Golf Center offers league play, fun with your buddies or opportunity for improvement.
Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.