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Fairways & Greens
August 16, 2017

LifeTime Golf Club - Forever In A Bay
By E. Nolan


For people whose dream it is to play golf for a lifetime, few clubs offer more allure (in their name) than LifeTime Golf Club.

Maybe you think you can't afford to join. Maybe you think it's too cold to golf. Well, guess what? You don't have to join anything to play here AND the weather is ALWAYS "San Diego Sunny" at LifeTime Golf Club. Yes, let me restate that as clearly as I possibly can. PAY ATTENTION. You do NOT have to be a LifeTime Fitness Member to play GOLF indoors, at LifeTime Fitness in St. Louis Park. Not today. Not ever.

Now that you know that... now that you understand this IS a club for you... let me tell you why YOU, specifically, should be playing golf at LifeTime Golf Club. Whether they know you or not, management at LTGC just spent $100,000 on you... FOR you. Each one of their six big screen simulators has been upgraded with the latest technology, with digital surfaces so intentionally sensitive your swing neither irrationally loses, nor gains, yards in translation. That accuracy is a blessing to those of you looking to keep your game fine-tuned throughout the winter. LifeTime Golf Club will let you stride to that first tee in April with a confidence built on the knowledge of what you actually have going for you - what you spent your hours working on all winter.

The modernized, high-resolution, product in the cave-like bays is further enhanced by the strikingly clean (and also newly updated) playing environment. Stone walls and wood floors, with perfectly positioned lighting, complement the practice putting green and new simulator mats. There are couches and chairs set up for lounging and watching the golf, or a game on one of the three big screen TV's. Guests playing at LifeTime Golf Club also have access to the LifeTime Fitness (full-service) Café, and... when pressed to tell me something that made LifeTime Golf Club better than any other simulator golf club, a couple of members made me promise to protect their anonymity before revealing a shocking truth: The Smoothies. (Warning: So Dang Addictive!)

Club Manager and PGA Instructor Michael Hinton (after also swearing by the smoothies) tells me, "We have everything you need here to improve and/or maintain you game. Repetition breeds consistency... more high quality shots with less discrepancy." Mr. Hinton spends the outdoor golf season at Burl Oaks Golf Club and the indoor season here at LifeTime. He is the driving force behind the Minneapolis Golf Academy and genuinely insists, "I'm here to help you get better, no matter what level of player you are."

As you gathered from the information provided above, LifeTime Golf Club is about MORE than just golf. It's a social club, a place for leagues and tournaments, for lessons and private parties. Sure, it's an introduction to one of the world's greatest health clubs - LifeTime - but you're not pushed to do anything you don't want to do. (You're not treated like you're at a timeshare seminar.) Come and go as you please... no pressure, no stress. That said, it is worth noting that LifeTime Golf Club does reward LifeTime Fitness Members with $5 off the hourly $40 simulator rental fee (rates are per screen, not per person) and there are actually "Unlimited Access" LifeTime Golf Club Memberships ranging from $750 (Junior Golfers) or $1,000 (Single Golfers) up to Family Memberships at $1,750. So, you CAN be a full-time member of BOTH clubs (Fitness and Golf) if you want to be. As you would imagine, that commitment comes with oodles of perks.

But, back to the perks for EVERYONE. If and when snow does decide to blanket the Twin Cities this winter, take comfort in knowing LifeTime Golf Club has yet to experience a weather delay. While you CAN set the weather features on the simulator for hurricane-force winds and rain, I'm not sure why you'd ever want to (unless you're planning a Scotland or Bandon trip). You determine your own comfort here, as well as your own virtual itineraries. The LifeTime Golf Club simulators are LOADED with 50+ courses from around the world, including PGA TOUR courses and bucket list favorites like TPC Sawgrass and The Old Course at St. Andrews. Come in sometime, and check out their extensive "Play List." Pick your dream destination and swing away.






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