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Rick Brockway

December 28, 2012

Indoor golf can cure winter blues


The league uses a captain & crew format, which means your team hits from the best position following the tee shot. We struck our second shots 136 yards from the hole. Once on the green, anything within 6 feet of the cup is considered a gimme. We required five shots to complete the first hole and finished the round with a 4-over-par 40.

Alright, it’s not the real thing, but it’s as close as you’re going to get in Otsego County, especially with 6 inches of snow on the ground.

For those who would rather shoot animals all over the world with your bow and arrow, and not leave the area, you can find a computerized archery system at the West End Archery behind Dunkin Donuts on Chestnut Street. You use your own bow and arrows with special rounded tips to shoot animals that appear on the screen. The computer will mark where your arrow hits and give you a score.

This is a great way to practice. Like the golf simulator, it keeps you using your equipment as well as give you something to do when your regular season is over.

I’ve always said that if you don’t like winter sports you really don’t like winter, but finding something like these computerized systems lets you tolerate the snow and cold a little easier. You might just want to stop in these local businesses and check them out. You really will be amazed.

Rick Brockway writes a weekly outdoors column for The Daily Star. Email him at

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