Get Out: Full Swing Golf
Our recent warm spell in Alaska has many catching spring fever, and the bug has caught up with me. In this week’s Get Out I found the perfect prescription for that fever as I went indoors to get ready for one popular summer activity.
Spring fever has me thinking about golf. Maybe Pebble Beach in California or Kapalua in Hawaii?
But why spend all that money when you can experience those courses and brush up on your game right here in Anchorage at Full Swing Golf?
“The main thing that people come in here to do is actually play golf on simulators,” said owner John Gose. “We have seven simulators that have somewhere around 40 different golf courses to play.”
“My favorite part is playing all these cool golf courses,” said golf pro Brandon Kaiser. “I mean there’s some pretty world-renowned golf courses on these machines that most people will never get chances to play in their life, but you know you get to play them in here.”
I haven’t golfed since last summer, so I’m not concerned about playing a tough course. Like golfer Riley O’Connell, I’d like to find my swing.
“I’m trying to get the swing right. I’ve been working on that for a year now,” O’Connell said.
Unfortunately for me, these simulators do a good job of replicating my true game — or lack thereof.
“It’ll pick up your slice. It’ll pick up your hook, your pulls, your pushes,” Gose said. “All the shots are based on what the ball is doing not necessarily on your swing, but how the ball comes of the club face.”
John gave some tips to help me, but he also let me know when my shots were out of whack, which, for me, was often.
Even though the swings weren’t going my way, it felt great to be striking the ball once again.
To play, it’s $30 an hour for a simulator. Full Swing Golf’s hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. They offer discounts on rounds all day Monday, 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday, and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For more information you can visit their website.