Bethesda Club Members Can Practice Golf Swings Inside During Winter Months

Bethesda Club Members Can Practice Golf Swings Inside During Winter Months

New indoor facility provides four heated hitting bays

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Bethesda Country Club has opened four indoor heated hitting bays as part of a larger push to expand its cold-weather offerings.

The 1,300-square-foot building cost about $275,000 and will be open to members year-round for practice and private instruction, said Brad Cance, the general manager.

Cance and others at the Bradley Boulevard club also want to upgrade the fitness center, create an indoor paddle tennis area and build a space for youth activities, according to a press release.

Cance said he’s looking to add restaurants to the clubhouse.

“This gives the members, the families, reasons to come and enjoy the club … in the wintertime. We’re geared for spring, summer and fall, and it’s necessary to have people be able to use the club year-round,” Cance said.

The private club, founded in 1947, will present a five-year master plan for improvements to its 750 member families in coming months, Cance said. Work on the upgrades could begin by the fall of 2018, according to a press release.

The indoor golf facility that opened this week has three bays for practicing and one for professional instruction, the release stated.

“With the limited schedules of our members, practice today is literally more important than playing a round. This new facility offers our members year-round access to practice and refine their golf game,” Patrick Bedingfield, the club’s director of instruction, said in the release.

The club also recently wrapped up a seven-month project to resurface the greens on its 18-hole championship golf course, the release stated.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.

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