Looking for fun indoor activities as the weather turns colder? Check out these unique clubs in Metro Detroit.
By Nicole Morsfield
Detroit Curling Club
Founded in 1885, Detroit Curling Club is not only one of the oldest private clubs in Michigan, but one of the oldest curling clubs in the country. According to club president Duke Grimshaw, the earliest record of curling in Detroit was on Orchard Lake in the winter of 1836-1837.
The club has approximately 350 members and four sheets of curling ice. Curling leagues are open to men and women, with activities and in-club competitions for different skill levels. Members compete locally and nationally in U.S. Curling Association-sanctioned competitions as well as regional and national tournaments called “bonspiels.”
Potential members can attend the club’s Learn to Curl program to learn how to play in games and tournaments. After joining, new members can sign up for leagues and participate in skills development clinics.
Interested in joining or renting ice? Visit the Detroit Curling Club at 1615 East Lewiston in Martin Park in Ferndale or detroitcurlingclub.com.
Detroit Dart Club
Detroit Dart Club was founded in August 2014. Club owner Connor McGaffey got the idea from a trip to Target and some Nerf wars. After planning and researching logistics, McGaffey secured a location at the Russell Industrial Center and built it with material he found in the building. Less than two years later, the club became McGaffey’s full-time job, and he has since moved to the North End of Detroit and tripled in size.
Though it’s referred to as a “club,” Detroit Dart Club is open to anyone who books a party. They host 40-70 private parties a month with different game modes. Virtual reality parties will soon be added, McGaffey says.
As it’s not really a “club,” participants don’t compete in sanctioned tournaments. However, some players modify their blasters and play competitively at the club, usually on Sunday nights every other month.
“When a group books a party, they can expect a very unique experience that really isn’t being done anywhere else,” McGaffey says. “And if it is, it’s not going to be the same as battling in a 100-year-old warehouse in Detroit.”
Interested in booking a party? Visit the Detroit Dart Club at 6545 St. Antoine St. in Detroit or detroitdartclub.com. Interested parties may also contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detroit Polo Club
Detroit Polo Club was established in 1962 by Merle R. Jenkins. According to club manager Emmalyn Wheaton, polo in Detroit has been played since the late 19th century, and it reached a peak before the second World War.
The club’s regular season runs May through October, and members play three times a week. They compete in both intra-club matches and United States Polo Association-sanctioned tournaments. Detroit Polo Club is also the host of the University of Michigan’s polo team.
Wheaton encourages new members to join the “Step-up” program, in which participants learn the basics of polo riding and game fundamentals with certified polo instructors. Members can advance up to Coaching League to learn strategy and rules, and then up to the Full Playing Membership to compete in matches and tournaments.
Interested in learning polo? Visit the Detroit Polo Club at 500 Chukker Cove in Howell or detroitpoloclub.com.