Blog: Dome Stories

Clubbed by snow

Wind-whipped flakes of snow accumulated on cars and added to existing, substantial piles of the white stuff. Visibility was diminished. Temperatures were sub-freezing. Seemed like a typical Minnesota winter day.  Except it was April.

That kind of weather doesn’t cut it for golfers impatient and eager to get out on a course. That’s why the Brooklyn Park Sports Dome, a year-round golf dome,  sees steady traffic. Driving conditions might be wretched outside, but inside the warm dome, driving conditions are great.

Golf driving range inside a year-round golf dome

Love affair with the game

The Brooklyn Park Sports Dome has its group of regulars. One of them, Ed Koepp, has been coming to the dome for 15 years.

“The first time I played golf, I was about ten years old. My dad took me. It was extremely hot outside and I ended up with sunstroke,” says Koepp. But that didn’t get in the way of a love affair with the game that has lasted over half a century. “Golf is like dancing. The body and the club are one.”

Koepp is an instructor with the U.S. Golf Teachers Federation. His vocation as a licensed psychologist has helped focus his teaching methods. He tunes into each individual. “Not one swing fits all,” he said. “Just as we all have our own personalities, we all have our signature stroke. It’s all about timing. Rhythm. Balance.”

Tees and Ties

The year-round golf dome has been in business for over 20 years. Most of the daytime patrons are retired. Many hit a bucket of balls and then head out for lunch. By late afternoon, high school teens make their way in. With two tiers and 36 tees, there’s usually plenty of room to practice.

One thing that seems to unite all the golfers who come to the dome is passion for the sport. “Golf is quite remarkable. There are spiritual aspects to it,” Koepp said. “The inner life of the individual seems to connect with performance of the sport.” Other patrons are less poetic and more pragmatic. Twenty-two-year-old Joe says, “I’m competitive. And it’s really good to be inside.”