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June 23, 2017

Burnsville Indoor Golf - Sticks And Domes
By E. Nolan


I've played Pebble Beach on Playstation. I've played Pebble Beach on OptiShot. I've played Pebble Beach at Burnsville Indoor Golf and I've played Pebble Beach (in California). Nothing beats the real thing... for sure. BUT... if you aren't physically in Monterey with a spare $600 in your pocket, no other medium compares to playing Pebble on a highly-calibrated, high-definition screen while eating, drinking and watching football (for less than a twentieth of that aforementioned $600).

Burnsville Indoor Golf has been a Twin Cities hotspot since long before it was a golf hotspot - located inside the ever-packed and popular domed facility, Soccer Blast, just off County Road 42 and Burnsville Parkway. On weekends, when my wife and girls head up (from Rochester) to walk circles around a different dome - The Mall of America - my son and I will jet over to The B.I.G. (Burnsville Indoor Golf) for lunch at their 19th Hole Sports Grill (Ribs Basket and Onion Rings, usually) and a two-hour round at any of the 25+ courses featured on their mega-screens. I love the B.I.G. for the lack of frills and chaos - it's pure, fun golf - and I can tell plenty of other golfers feel the same. Guys and girls table up there with pitchers of beer, wings and pizza, feeling welcome and warm, taking IN their favorite football games while taking ON their bucket list golf destinations. Lessons are available if you're new to golf, and the simulators can be rented out for parties and events. It's a convenient "come one, come all" hangout for every age and skill level of golfer.

Burnsville Indoor Golf management has done their research and pooled what people love into their everyday operations. Their simulators are rented by the hour (NOT per person), so foursomes can (and routinely do) play fast and affordably - a foursome can easily play 18 holes in three hours. (Do the math: At Peak Rates, that's ONLY $27 per person to play Pebble Beach!!!)

They are VERY selective about the courses they subscribe to, making sure to bring in (and keep) the ones golfers love the most - from Pacific Dunes to Harbour Town and Pinehurst, (plus 24 others) with seven NEW courses added this week - including St. Andrews, Cabot Links and French Lick. Snowbirds don't have to take flight to play in Cabo or Arizona this winter. Just get in the car, hit defrost, and by the time your windows have thawed you'll be swinging your sticks in bliss.

Leagues are a hot item (indoors) here in our otherwise cold season, and they are forming at the B.I.G right now. Get in on weekly side games and great prizes. Check the website or call in for more information and/or registration.

And perhaps my favorite feature at Burnsville Indoor Golf is the flexibility, where they definitely maximize the hours of play-availability. Monday through Friday the B.I.G is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on weekends they open an hour earlier (and often stay open an hour later). The early worm can catch a birdie or two here... and save A LOT of money - on Saturdays and Sundays - by renting a simulator for only $20 an hour. Seniors (55+) LOVE their "Always Rate" of $27 an hour, and the rest of us get $30 an hour Monday through Thursday and $36 an hour Friday through Sunday. There are chairs and tables by each screen, stands for your golf bags, and the HDG Interactive Touchscreen Menu System is a cakewalk to operate.

Consider this: Pebble Beach now mandates that you spend the night at their resort (beginning at $500 a night p/p) to get to play their marquee course. Bethpage Black makes you wait in the parking lot and go through a lottery process to tee off. You need a passport to play world famous courses like Pete Dye's Teeth of the Dog in the Dominican Republic and Stanley Thompson's Banff Springs in Alberta (and Banff is closed for the winter anyway). No such restrictions apply at Burnsville Indoor Golf. You can stay wherever you want and play whenever you want... assuming you beat the ardent enthusiasts who already know about the place. I recommend calling 952-746-4534 a week or so ahead to book your time slot, but Tanis, Wayne and her team will do everything they can to squeeze you in and make you comfortable last minute as well.

Who said golf season was over? WRONG. It's just beginning at Burnsville Indoor Golf. With a spacious performance area and state-of-the-art equipment... book a tee time today and go play!






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