Golf is a year-round sport, except in the areas of the United States that experience some truly frigid winters. When the snow is thick and the temperature drops, weekend warriors in these areas of America have to turn elsewhere to get their golfing fix.
In Iowa, that means hitting one of the many indoor golfing facilities in the state.
Indoor Golf Location In Iowa #1: The Leaderboard, North Liberty
Starting in North Liberty, a few miles south of Cedar Rapids is a brand new indoor golfing facility called The Leaderboard. Ever since their opening in late-February of 2019, anxious golfers looking to get some swings in have flocked to the business.
Indoor golf locations utilize simulators that allow players to play courses anywhere in the world, without leaving their hometown. At The Leaderboard, the response has been overwhelming as over 100 golfers joined a two-player team league within a few days after opening.
The Leaderboard has four golfing bays that feature 15-foot wide HD screens. Each screen allows players the option of playing at any of the system's 40 preloaded courses.
The facility also features a private room that seats up to 12 patrons. The private room is designed for parties, but golfers can take lessons there as well with visiting golfing coaches.
As much as The Leaderboard tailors their business to golfers, there is something for individuals of any age. Customers also can enjoy simulated driving ranges, miniature golf courses, or hook up their favorite game system and play Fortnite or Call of Duty.
Additionally, golfers have the option of bringing food from other restaurants or order from nearby eateries and have it delivered. Although there may not be a kitchen at The Leaderboard, a full-service bar is available for golfers to enjoy. Perfect to enjoy a beer and to admire the sun (don't forget your golf sunglasses for this too!)
Indoor Golf Location In Iowa #2: Range, Des Moines
Des Moines is home to one of the more unique indoor golf facilities in the state, Range. On their website, Range is described as "a one-of-a-kind restaurant and entertainment venue." With three specific areas for customers to enjoy, Range certainly brings a slice of decadence to the indoor golf game.
First, visitors can enjoy a standalone restaurant that serves American cuisine such as burgers, steaks, seafood, and pasta. Using ingredients that are locally sourced, customers at Range can start their visit at the facility with a quality, fresh meal.
Next, would-be golfers can stride over to an upscale cocktail lounge that has outdoor access on those warm afternoons in the fall when football is in full swing. On the outdoor porch, visitors can enjoy three large HD televisions for their viewing pleasure.
On the inside, the cocktail lounge has comfortable seating with even more televisions to enjoy sporting events, or perhaps, a current professional golf tournament.
When it is time to hit the sticks, golfers have the opportunity to play the game on six state-of-the-art PGA-approved simulators. We recommend you also bring your Golf GPS to test it out with the equipment available.
Range offers two simulator options; the first is a flat screen measuring 17-feet diagonally. The other option is a curved 20-foot screen that offers immersive gameplay as golfers can play at classic courses such as Pebble Beach or the old course at St. Andrews.
Indoor Golf Location In Iowa #3: Broheim's Indoor Golf & Pub
If you are looking for an all-around festive and fun indoor golfing facility in Iowa, then Broheim's Indoor Golf & Pub is the place for you. Located west of Des Moines, in the suburb of Waukee, Broheim's has a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of entertainment options.
Over 70 courses are available to play on the AboutGolf system with exclusive access to courses like TPC Sawgrass, home of the Players Championship, TPC Scottsdale and the TPC Louisiana.
Broheim's offers a rewards program that gives frequent players a chance to earn points for free and reduced golf once the player obtains specific rewards levels.
Great for parties or corporate events, Broheim's features a full-service bar and many delicious food options.
Perfect for golfers who are looking to stay out of the cold, while keeping their swing hot, Broheim's is a fun family-friendly location that delivers the goods for eager players.
Iowa has become one of the epicenters of the indoor golf world with tens of facilities offering amenities like the three we've listed above.
If you are looking for a facility, do your homework and see what brand of simulators they provide and what courses are available to play. You never know, you might just get a chance to cross a dream course off your bucket list!
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