Frigid temperatures outside mean you won’t be teeing off anytime soon, but there are plenty of activities to enjoy in the offseason at your clubhouse. From bundling up for some cross-country skiing to staying indoors for some fun in front of the golf simulator, we’ve got some great ideas on how you can stay busy at the club this winter.
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Cross-country skiing is an excellent way to get outdoors during the winter and enjoy the natural beauty around you. Traipse through a winter wonderland using your own locomotion! One benefit of cross-country skiing is its low-cost compared to regular downhill skiing, other than the initial cost of the equipment. There’s a low risk of injury and it’s a great workout and dog-friendly activity.
Snowshoeing is also a great way to enjoy the winter landscape. Like cross-country skiing, it’s inexpensive and great exercise. You can also often snowshoe trails that you might be unable to cross-country ski on due to low snow. Basically, if you can walk, you can snowshoe!
While some golf clubs may offer equipment rentals, others will require you to bring your own. Be sure to follow the marked trail to avoid ruining the fairways and greens with your equipment. Here at North Oaks Golf Club, we offer more than 2.5 miles of marked trails. Along this trail, you may see turkeys and deer, hear owls, and possibly catch a glimpse of coyotes. Bald eagles, woodpeckers, and trumpeter swans occasionally fly over North Oaks' winter trail, too.
Many golf enthusiasts long to hit the links during colder months or at least maintain their swing in the offseason. Golf simulators are a great solution to maintaining your form and staying loose. No more rusty first rounds when it’s time to dust off the clubs in the spring!
Most golf simulators offer multiple courses to play, so it’ll never get boring. Simulators can also provide an analysis of your swing and give a checklist of suggestions on how to improve. Obviously, the main beauty of golf simulators is they're weatherproof. You won’t have to worry about outside conditions keeping you off the green.
If you're looking for less physical activity, there's a variety of social events to participate in, too. Many clubs host special dinners, family events, holiday entertainment and more. North Oaks Golf Club, for example, hosts annual events like President's Gala to kick off the holiday season, Breakfast with Santa, Ladies Night Out Cookies and Cocktails, Holiday Lights Tour, Holiday Wine Tour, Sledding Party and Medallion Hunt, and Superhero and Character Brunch. These events are a great way to get to know members you've never met, socialize with friends you already know, or enjoy time together as a family. You can even enjoy dining and bar areas for sporting events like football games or basketball championships!
Of course, you don't need a scheduled activity to enjoy a night at the golf club. Most clubs offer multiple dining options year-round whether you grab the whole family for a Thursday night meal or sneak away for a romantic dinner for two.
So, don't go dormant from your golf club this winter. Embrace the season in all it's cold, snowy glory.