IN THE D: Virtual & Indoor Golf of Metro Detroit

By: Scott Davis | December 22, 2014

Seeing how it is December, outdoor golfing is a far less frequent activity in Michigan than it may be in warmer months. The winter break may cause every golfer’s worst nightmare to come true: adding a few strokes to your average score and delaying progress in your overall game. Fear not, though. Golfing connoisseurs should be advised that there are many options presented to them of the indoor variety.

Indoor golfing and virtual golfing through the winter (or any season, really) can mean the difference between getting a bogey and getting a birdie (or maybe the difference between getting a triple bogey and double bogey if your skill level is comparable to mine) the next time you hit the links.

If you live and breathe golf, it is the perfect compromise between cold weather and golfing. If you aren’t very good at golf, it is still a lot of fun (take it from somebody who knows). And while it may seem like you are playing a life-sized arcade game, you truly are working on your swing. You’d be amazed how serious some people take this.

Don’t let seasonal depression get the best of you. Check out the following venues for quality golf indoors:

On the Dunes, 2055 Haggerty Rd., Commerce, is a sports junkie’s palace. It is one of your best options for indoor golf simulators. Eight state-of-the-art golf simulators provide hours of golf course fun, as well as mini-games. Torrey Pines, Pebble Beach and St. Andrews are just a few of the 24 real world courses offered. There is also a full synthetic putting green on site. The simulators even analyze your swing, improving your game with every stroke. Golf leagues begin on Jan. 12, 2015 and last for 12 weeks. Mondays are buy one hour and get one free! Golf lessons are also available. What are you waiting for? Go book your tee time now! Food and drinks are available as well.

Indoor Golf Club of Michigan, 18050 15 Mile Rd., Fraser, is another option for some indoor golf action. The golf simulators allow you to play more than 50 golf courses around the world, including 10 courses rated in Golf Digest’s “Best American Courses.” You can also book your tee time online. The Indoor Golf Club even has a practice area with a driving range, chipping area and putting green. You can host a banquet or event at the venue as well.

The Drive-In, 11 E. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson, offers 18-hole courses in an indoor setting as well. The simulators are realistic, allowing for slices, hooks, chip shots, straight shots and more. You can change the course conditions at your whim—add wind or rain if you’re feeling brave. You can bring in your own clubs and play courses all around the land. Join a league and play nine holes on different golf courses each week, or just play casually and grab a pint of beer.

Tee Box Indoor Golf, 300 Jackson Plaza, Ann Arbor, allows you to both play golf simulators and buy simulators (if you can afford that kind of thing). Play at Hawaii’s Mauna Kea or Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla., right here in the mitten state. If you aren’t quite yet on the level to buy a golf simulator, you can also rent a portable one for an event. If you’re looking for a very last minute Christmas gift, a gift card from here would not be a bad idea.

Great Lakes Golf & Sports Complex, 3951 Joslyn Rd., Auburn Hills, is a bit different than the aforementioned venues. Instead of simulators, it gives you a gigantic dome to keep your swing sharp. While you cannot play a full-game of golf, the dome offers a driving range with heated tees, three-levels of hitting space, a 1,000-square-foot putting range and more. It is Michigan’s largest golf dome and only automated tee-up system. Instruction from Professional Golf Association members is available. The complex is open 365 days a year and there is also an outdoor practice area.

It is no secret that Metro Detroit provides numerous options to keep your swing sharp, short game solid and focus high. You have to love technology, right? Work on your game this winter and impress everybody at your next golf outing.