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Rain got you down? Try golfing indoors at the airport
Enough already. Of the rain, we mean. Yes, it's the rainy season, but these endless showers and gray skies seem more like Seattle than South Florida.
Golf is iffy because of the weather, so here's a solution.
Head to Palm Beach International Airport, but don't buy a ticket to Phoenix, even though rain is no problem there.
Instead, stroll into the airport to Sam Snead's Tavern, which offers a 9-hole putting green.
The 2-year-old green, in the shape of an 8, is 20 feet wide and 55 feet long and even slopes a bit, just like the real thing.
A burbling blue-tiled fountain nearby can double as a water hazard. Potted palms give an illusion of being outdoors.
But the best part is this: You're golfing in air conditioning! And you don't have to lug a bunch of equipment.
For $3, buy a ball at the bar and borrow a putter, which the restaurant keeps handy for your golfing pleasure. One is kiddie size, too.
Now, address the ball and ... Whoops! Fore!
Your ball sails across the green, bounces over the concrete border and dribbles under the nearby tables and chairs.
Oh-uh. Pretend this is your caddy talking. Watch how much muscle you put behind the putter. This is a putting green. Not a driving range.
Luckily, you're golfing solo so no one's in danger of ducking your wild shots. During the winter, it's busy, busy, busy, but now, in the dead of summer, getting on the green is no problem. Just pretend you've already hit your long shots.
Understand, of course, the green exists to entertain weary travelers and cranky kids between flights. But if you want to give it a shot, enjoy the play, then relax with a brew and snack at nearby tables that offer a perfect view of the green.
Just imagine the restaurant customers as your gallery. No applause, please!
If you put your mind to it, you can take this indoor approach to outdoor summer pleasures to new levels. Because you can't go to the beach, get your tan in a booth. Can't swim in the ocean, hit the indoor pools.
But for sheer novelty, nothing beats indoor golf in a region world-famous for its golf courses.
Here, pretend you're Tiger Woods or Nancy Lopez as you gaze out those vast windows and watch planes land and depart. And notice the weather.
Liz Doup can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-356-4722.