The golfers in Washington DC aren't immune to the struggles of Northeast golf. Every year around the same time, golf courses begin closing up shop for the winter. This forces golfers to pack their clubs up as well, leaving their games to get rusty and making it harder to take their clubs out of the storage closet in the spring time. The winter time is no longer a time to pack up the clubs. Here's a look at the five top indoor golf options in DC and the surrounding area.
5i Baltimore is conveniently located in the Harbor East neighborhood at 415 South Central Avenue. For the serious golfer, 5i Baltimore hosts 9 Full Swing simulators, 2 TrackMan simulators, a high-tech lesson studio, PGA teaching professionals, lessons, practice time, leagues, club storage, shower facilities, 100% top-of-the line clubs to use (complimentary), and in-house club fitting specialists The Fitting Lab. For the less-than-serious golfer (and let’s be honest, most of the serious golfers too), Five Iron Baltimore has a full bar, fantastic food menu, pool, widescreen TVs, NFL Redzone, regular women’s golf events, and much more.
They are taking one of the most exclusive sports and creating an inclusive culture. Their space was designed for a wide range of golfers – from those addicted to the game, to those that have never imagined picking up a club. CitySwing is a non-intimidating place to practice, play, compete in a league, or simply get introduced to the game.
Any indoor golf blog wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Topgolf. Food and beverages delivered directly to a climate controlled bay, what’s not to like? The location in Alexandria also has free wifi. The other great element of Topgolf is that it allows you to take full swings and watch the ball flight. Simulators are great but, there is nothing like taking live swings and being able to watch the flight of the ball. Alexandria is a doable drive from almost anywhere in the city. Like most Topgolf locations, it can get pretty busy, especially on the weekends, so make sure to call ahead.
The Golf Studio is an inclusive urban coaching space for all levels. The boutique studio, housing a state-of-the-art simulator, is the first free-standing indoor teaching facility in the area. Students of all ages and abilities are welcome to practice, or take part in Mark’s premier instruction.
Next Level Golf in Herndon is a great indoor facility, complete with everything you need to train during the off season. They have two simulator bays, six hitting stations, and a putting green. The putting green is especially unique in the DC area. It’s a contour putting and chipping green that really is the best surface to simulate an actual putting green. Making reservations online requires an annual membership but you get plenty of incentives with the membership, including $15 to be used toward a lesson. Herndon can be a bit of a drive if you’re coming from the Northwest quadrant of the city, but it offers everything you need at affordable prices.
There you have it! Five fantastic indoor golf options for those that live in DC. Now there's no excuse to be rusty heading into the Spring. As you're gearing up for golf season, mark your calendars for the Nextgengolf City Tour tournaments taking place in the DC area. Check out the full DC schedule here.