Has anyone else been getting the itch to golf with all this sunshine we’ve been having? I first had the bug when my wife and I went down to Tri Cities to visit our newborn baby Nephew (who is
adorable by the way). The reason being that Tri City golf courses are OPEN right now, or at least a few of them are. To say I am jealous is an understatement, but there are still ways to get your golfing fix here in the Spokane area without having to drive the 2 and a half hours to Tri Cities. How might you ask? Indoor Golf Simulators.
That’s right, indoor golf simulators are becoming the new way to golf throughout the winter and there are a few to choose from in the area. Swing Lounge is North of I-90 on Sullivan near the Business & Industrial Park and has the trackman system, which I believe is the best quality from what I have used. Then there is Scarlett’s Golf Experience in Post Falls on the south side of I-90 located in the Tedder Business Center. Alex is the owner and makes the experience here unlike any other. Seriously, I do not understand how the man can remember the names of EVERYONE.
Another indoor golf experience is Golf Island in Coeur D’ Alene but I have not been to this location yet simply because I have Swing Lounge and Scarlett’s so close. Finally, our very own Stuart Prey has one in his shop at home that makes parties and client meetings very memorable for everyone. So, if you would ever like to get to get beat at golf, let us know!
The Swing Lounge:
I wish I would have known about this place earlier! They opened in January of 2022 and have some of the most advanced simulators I have used (granted that’s only 3, but still). Funny enough, the owner’s name is Alex too! I went with a couple of friends and they made us feel right at home. They have a full bar and the atmosphere is incredible. It seems like the trackman system is realistic in terms of how the ball comes off the clubface and putting on a simulator is not the easiest thing to do, however, the trackman seems to make it easier than some of the others. They also do this really cool contest where you can pay $5 to compete for closest to the pin (KP). They will have a hole set up for roughly a week where anyone who comes in can pay $5 to try and get KP. The winner takes home
the pot (or a portion of it because they pay out the top three). The simulator will only cost you $40 per hour. Most people come with a four some and will be there 2-4 hours. So, the rate split between four people is not bad at all. All in all, I highly recommend this place to get out and do something while we wait for the actual courses to open!
Scarlett’s Golf Experience:
What an experience this place has been! My wife and I decided to join their league this winter which was 6 weeks long and featured a variety of different formats. Most of the time the format was a scramble (which for my non-golfers, means you both take a shot and take the best one, then both hit from there again) but there was one week it was best ball, one week it was all par 3’s, and one week where there were no par 3’s. They also change the distance of the “gimme putt” each week because on a golf simulator, if everyone had to putt the ball in the hole it would take you 8 hours to finish a round. So it would fluctuate from 8 ft to 6 ft to whatever Alex was feeling that day. Scarlett’s also has alcoholic beverages but everything is in a can. It does make for some interesting drinks, however, I will say the Bloody Mary is to die for. I also like how you can store your clubs there if you’d like which makes it nice for people like me who store them in my shed outside. Again, this place is incredible and with such easy access from the freeway there is always a lot of people! Rates are the same as swing lounge, but they have yet to do a KP format from what I have seen. Go check this place out!
As you can tell golf has become a huge part of my life! I am excited to start hitting the links once the weather warms up and give you more insight on the different golf locations throughout the Spokane area. Until next time!