Molly McMulliban’s Fab 5

Remedies for Colorado golf cabin fever

By the time February rolls around in Colorado, we’re usually asking, “Will I EVER get to play golf again?”

Of course, on course, we will one day soon. But in the meantime, here are five ideas for cultivating our games and our love of the game even when it’s too cold or snowy or wet to play in Colorado and there’s no trip planned to Palm Springs.

–Mark your calendar for February 16-18, when the Colorado Golf Expo returns to the Convention Center in Denver. Last year, the annual winter destination for deal hunters, gear nerds and purposeful shoppers underwent an ownership transition. This year, count on new features to compliment your old favorites.

–Develop an offseason fitness routine. We know we need one anyway – why not make it golf-centric and, even better, focused on our individual weaknesses? Check out Neil Wolkodoff’s Offseason Focus for great ideas.

–Play Pebble Beach at night. Seriously! Just reserve space at Topgolf in Thornton, Centennial or Colorado Springs, the new Hangar Club in Lowry or any of Colorado’s by-now several dozen golf lounges and simulators and see how many holes you can finish in two hours.

–Plan a homebound weekend of golf movie binging. This might include full-on golf flicks like “Tin Cup,” “Tommy’s Honor” and the classic “Caddyshack.” Or add an element of mystery by asking everyone in your foursome to show their favorite golf scenes, which could include the hilarity of Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis in “Hall Pass” and the bad manners displayed in Paul Giamatti’s “Sideways.”

–Get all your fairway and green loving ducks in a row. New gear and outfits have made their way into the golf shops, and many of the CGA’s affiliated clubs and leagues are looking for new members. Top instructors are filling their calendars, indoors for now but outdoors starting as early as next month. Keep an eye on the calendar at the CGA’s new Golf Hub for what’s happening. The new season will be here before you know it. I promise!

Veteran journalist Susan Fornoff has written about golf for publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, ColoradoBiz magazine and her own She became a CGA member when she moved from Oakland, CA, to Littleton in 2016, and ghost-writes as “Molly McMulligan,” the CGA’s on-course consultant on golf for fun. Email her at


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