Swingin' Through the Winter (The Met Golfer)

2/1/2017

The Met Area is in the heart of winter, yet for more and more local clubs that doesn’t mean golf is out of season thanks to indoor facilities and golf simulators.

“You’re really seeing clubs aiming to keep their members at the facility twelve months a year,” says Tommy Monteverdi, head golf professional at Glen Ridge Country Club in Glen Ridge, N.J., which is enjoying its first winter with “The Bunker,” the club’s new golf performance facility.

Part of Glen Ridge’s nearly completed $12 million construction project, The Bunker is located directly off the golf shop and is centered around two hitting bays that feature retractable screens allowing for simulator use or indoor-to-outdoor hitting. It also features several holes for putting, a lounge area, and fitness elements for pre- or post-round exercises.

“Our goal was to keep the member experience when the golf course is closed,” explains Glen Ridge vice president Michael DeRosa. A Thursday night league already includes more than 50 members, while simulator tee times available on Wednesdays and Saturdays are always filled. For Monteverdi, the indoor space is ideal for giving lessons or completing a club fitting in a controlled environment—at any time of the year.

In addition to the many golf benefits, the facility also provides an added social aspect through the winter months. “It continues the camaraderie,” says Ed Cerasia. “We have a prettyclose-knitgrouphere.With the Thursday night league, at least half the people that come aren’t even playing that night.”

Glen Ridge is one of several clubs in New Jersey alone that are aiming to keep the golf clubs swinging through the winter, with Forsgate in Monroe, Raritan Valley in Bridgewater, and Neshanic Valley in Neshanic Station also recently adding an indoor golf component. 

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