I was thinking this morning about how Blaine is home to so many of this country’s “onlys” and “largests” when it comes to sports facilities. Schwan’s is the largest ice facility of its kind in the world. The National Sports Center is billed as “the world’s largest amateur sports and meeting facility.” The TCP is the only private PGA TOUR-owned property in Minnesota.
Four Seasons Curling Club is the first curling club in the U.S. to operate year-round. It’s probably the coolest, too.
If you’ve been thinking of taking curling lessons, though, you’re out of luck until July. The Club’s May schedule is completely full and they won’t be offering a new class schedule until late July.
Since you have to have curling experience to use the practice ice you’re out of luck there as well. Experienced curlers, even at the novice level, however, can practice to their heart’s content Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 1pm.
If you prefer to watch instead of play, go by the ice house this Sunday – there are games at 6pm and 8:15pm.
League play starts in late July and early August with four novice leagues and six recreational.
If you’re new to Blaine, plan on having a cocktail or a bite to eat at the restaurant that overlooks the sheet. If you’re like a lot of locals, you’ll get the itch to curl. Join the club!