Golf balls are painted white to remind Midwest golfers what it's like to hit snowballs with baseball bats during the winter. Today's Groupon lets you smack winter around at The Golf Dome in Chagrin Falls, where $9 gets you an hour of unlimited golf balls at the indoor driving range. An hour's worth of swinging can work wonders on a fledgling thre-iron shot and make you feel alive with golflust.
The saddest part about attending a driving range is watching your bucket of balls slowly dwindle down. Unlimited driving uses the principles of time-restricted buffet eating to give you unlimited balls for one hour. Upon entering the 350-square-foot Golf Dome and lining up at one of 34 tee stations, you'll be able to take a bevy of hacks to sharpen your driving rhythm for the spring. A full hour of you-time provides ample occasion to fix the kink in your form that causes perilous slices, stubbed chip shots, and wilted golfer's confidence.
Divide your hour in as many ways as you'd like. Dedicate 15 minutes to your sand wedge, 10 minutes to par-three drives, or a rousing half hour to crushing the ball as unbelievably hard as humanly possible. You can even bring the kids to play miniature golf while you tend to your stroke. Remove your shiny golfing shoes from the holiday mantle and don them for a long-awaited session of winter golf practice.
The Golf Dome
A towering dome dedicated to golf practice looms over The Golf Dome’s multifaceted grounds, serving as the gravitational center of a facility dedicated to recreational golf and baseball practice. Inside the vaulted white roof, golfers stroke drives from one of 34 hitting bays at the indoor, two-tiered driving range, where distance-reading software flashes instant readouts of shot trajectory and the pain inflicted on each practice ball. The dome further facilitates climate-controlled clubbing with a putting and chipping area and Full Swing golf simulators, which allow golfers to play digital recreations of more than 30 of the world’s top courses.
Outside, a scenic, 20-foot waterfall draws players to the 18-hole miniature golf course, where contoured greens run between rocky outcrops, interrupted by water that comes into play on 14 holes. The din of sharply struck line drives echoes throughout the grounds, sonic evidence of the six adjacent batting cages, where players swing at high-arching softballs, baseballs hurled at up to 75 miles per hour, and tiny meteors raining from the sky.