Sweep Ice Like an Olympian: Peachtree Curling Club
Curling combines shuffleboard, bocce, and chess into one crazy, strategic team sport on ice. As it turns out you can actually learn how to play this one-of-a-kind Olympic sport right here in Atlanta! The Peachtree Curling Association’s beginner class will teach you all the techniques you need to start curling yourself.
What To Expect
- A 2-hour Intro To Curling class for beginners
- Learn the history, gameplay, and techniques of curling
- Compete in your first curling game with your classmates
- A complimentary beer or soda to enjoy with your classmates at the end of the lesson
News flash, folks, curling doesn’t belong in the winter Olympics. Yessir, even down here in the dirty south there’s a vibrant community of ice-bound athletes keeping this unique sport alive and thriving. Curling is best described as a combination of shuffleboard, bocce, and chess on ice. The gameplay of shuffleboard, the scoring system of bocce, and the strategy of chess all come together to create a true one-of-a-kind wintertime sport in which players slide – or ‘throw’ – large granite stones across a sheet of ice towards a target, and their teammates sweep the ice in front of the traveling stone to manipulate its trajectory. If you’ve ever considered hitting the ice yourself, then you’re in luck, because we’ve got your ticket to an intro class with the Peachtree Curling Association, at their recently opened facility in Marietta.
The Peachtree Curling Association was founded in 2015 and consists of several members of all ages who participate in weekly practices, pickup games, and league play. The 2-hour beginner classes are taught by certified level one instructors and serve as a great introduction to this unique and addictive team sport. Here’s what to expect:
First, your instructor will give you and your classmates a quick 5-minute overview of the sport and its history, which dates back to medieval Scotland. Then you’ll hit the ice and do some stretching and balance exercise. From there you’ll learn a variety of throwing and sweeping techniques used in a typical game. Once you’re trained up, you and your classmates will put your new skills to the test and play a short game against each other. At the end of the lesson, you’ll get to participate in a broom stacking, the curling tradition of sharing a post-game beer with your teammates. While the intro class focuses on basic technique, you can return for a discounted “rookie curl” and start to hone your strategy. If you really get hooked – most people do – then you can become a member, join a team, and start competing in a league!