While we’ve enjoyed pleasant weather for the first half of November (allowing courses to stay open), the weather people are saying we’re supposed to have a cool-down and it’s looking highly unlikely we’ll have a repeat of last year when we were playing in December and around Christmas (let’s all pause and think about how great that was even if it didn’t make for a particularly festive setting for Christmas). However, we can always hope!
Once it gets cold and courses start closing for the year, options become limited. Some ranges stay open year-round, but that means battling the elements. One option that’s coming for Howard County golfers in Golftec, which has a location in the works in Ellicott City. While driving on MD-108 this past Sunday I saw a sign for Golftec but wasn’t sure if it was real or if I was hallucinating. So after a workout this morning, I stopped by to take a further look and was pleased at what I saw.
Golftec is not a retailer in the vein of Golf Galaxy. They specialize in lessons (they have indoor facilities) and club-fitting which are two things that we lack in the area (I’ve had a club-fitting at Golf Galaxy that was okay, but I was mostly decided when I walked in the store). For Howard County golfers this option currently doesn’t exist, which means it’s trek to Montgomery County to one of two Golftec locations or Needwood GC who have an indoor simulator (they offer indoor leagues through Montgomery County Golf).
So in the same shopping center as the Coal Fire Pizza, the Glamour Shots, and a Cold Stone creamery, there will be (see the picture above) a Golftec moving in. When I was there, two guys went inside the store (you can see their cars in the photo). And if that’s not enough motivation, you can get Glamour Shots once you’re done (I’ve often wanted to recreate the Jan Stephenson bathtub photo- see below), and then grab a meal at Coal Fire Pizza, Urban BBQ or Starbucks. Jokes aside it’s very close to Timbers at Troy (right off of MD-100) and is fairly convenient to Hobbit’s Glen or Fairway Hills as well.
As with my tweet I sent out on Sunday, no update from Golftec’s website about anything official or an opening date. But, signage at the shopping center as well as front door signage bodes well. Your faithful scribe will stay on top and continue to provide updates. In the meantime, hit ’em straight.