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X-Golf Portland opened downtown with six simulators within the spring. Picture courtesy of X-Golf Portland

There’s unhealthy information on the horizon for these of us who’ve been utilizing winter’s inhospitable climate as an excuse to take a seat on the couch and eat potato chips all season: The forces of indoor athletics are onto us. With the entry of locations like X-Golf Portland, which opened within the spring with six simulators, there are extra native spots than ever to remain energetic all winter – not simply to maintain your sport up, however enhance it. And in some circumstances, begin a brand new sport altogether.

“Indoor golf is a good way to study the sport,” mentioned Chad Allen of Sim-Metropolis Indoor Golf in Westbrook. “It’s very low-commitment – we lease golf equipment for individuals who simply wish to simply strive it. And it doesn’t have the stress of being on a spread the place plenty of different golfers are behind you, judging you.”

That comparatively low stress stage additionally applies to different indoor pursuits within the space, like mountaineering, ax-throwing and trampolining. In nearly all circumstances, a block of time is reserved that permits you – with or with out an teacher, who’re normally bookable by means of every facility – to get acclimated at your individual tempo.

One factor all of them advise, nevertheless: E book forward in winter. “We get tremendous busy on weekends,” mentioned X-Golf Portland proprietor Joe Atwood, including that the ability fills up with group occasions and leagues that collect to follow their sport, then hang around with foods and drinks. And for these of us searching for a settee to get pleasure from them on, there are a lot.

X-Golf Portland

This new indoor golf spot with six state-of-the-art simulators makes use of software program to measure ball and swing information (reportedly with 98% accuracy), so gamers trying to enhance can analyze their sport both on their very own or with an teacher. “We’ve got a PGA professional on workers who may give classes,” says Atwood, “and we’re a registered Callaway supplier, so we are able to fit your needs for golf equipment and place an order for you.”

101 York St. B, Portland, 207-536-1257; 1-10:30 p.m. Monday by means of Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to eight:30 p.m. Sunday; $50 per hour Monday by means of Thursday, $55 per hour Friday by means of Sunday.

Sim Metropolis in Westbrook has lately expanded and has foods and drinks to get pleasure from. Picture courtesy of Sim Metropolis

Sim Metropolis Indoor Golf

Having simply expanded to eight simulators, Westbrook’s indoor golf spot attracts a various group of golfers, in addition to the golf-curious. “We get everybody from very severe gamers to children coming in to offer it a strive,” mentioned Allen, the proprietor. “It’s very social.” That trigger will get a lift from the complete bar (with as much as 12 beers on faucet from the likes of Maine Beer Co. and Mast Touchdown) and pizzas created from Portland Pie Firm dough.

100 Larrabee Highway, Suite 250, Westbrook, 207-591-5062; 2-10 p.m. Monday by means of Saturday, 2-8 p.m. on Sunday; $40 per hour weekdays and $45 on weekends.

Evo Rock + Health Portland

A minimum of 17,000 sq. ft of indoor climbing partitions are the most important draw on the facility, accommodating everybody from freshmen to hurry climbers. (For these simply giving it a strive, it’s simple to lease gear like harnesses, sneakers and belay gadgets.) However not each exercise right here is vertical; there are yoga courses and house for cross-fit and weight coaching. Evo additionally presents common occasions for the neighborhood, from after-school classes and camps to highschool leagues and LGBTQ+ nights. Each day charges and memberships can be found.

65 Warren Ave., Portland, 207-780-6370; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday by means of Friday, 10 a.m. to six p.m. Saturday and Sunday; day passes are $15 for youngsters and seniors, $19 for adults.

An ax sinks into the bullseye on the Axe Pit in South Portland. Russ Dillingham/Solar Journal

The Axe Pit

What began as a literal “pit” (a small, secluded hallway in a gymnasium) for ax-throwing fans has reworked into this, a website opened in 2019 with 4 digital projected targets, a efficiency stage for dwell music, and league nights on Thursdays and Sundays. Open-toed sneakers are verboten, natch.

333 Clarks Pond Parkway, South Portland, 207-329-0229; 4-9 p.m. Wednesday, 4-10 p.m. Thursday, 1-10 p.m. Friday by means of Sunday; $25 per hour, per particular person.

City Air Trampoline and Journey Park

The indoor trampolines right here seize a lot of the highlight (and with good purpose; the APEX trampolines are discovered in all places however on the ceiling, so you’ll be able to actually bounce off the partitions). However you’ll discover a deluge of different buildings for acrobatics, together with a tubes playground, tumble monitor, a large inflatable airbag for flips, a ropes course, and a dodgeball-on-trampolines setup.

333 Clarks Pond Parkway, South Portland, 207-808-7696; 10 a.m. to eight p.m. Monday, midday to eight p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to eight p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $23.99 for adults for 2 hours, $11.99 for youngsters underneath 5 for one hour and a half.

Alexandra Corridor is a longtime New England life-style author who lives in Maine.

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