If you have ever wanted to try the sport of curling, head to the Granite Curling Club in north Seattle. To play curling, each player slides granite “stones” on ice, trying to get closest to the center of the target (called the “house”) than the nearest stone of the opposing team. (So the game is very similar to bocce ball or boules, which is played on grass or dirt.) While the stone is traveling down the ice, the delivering team’s players are allowed to sweep in front of the stone. Sweeping is done with a broom specifically designed for curling. The sweeping action melts the surface of the ice slightly, which can alter the speed and the direction of the stone. A game normally consists of 8- to 10-end games. Curling became a full medal Olympic sport in 1998 and today over a million curlers are on the ice during the season. A few times a year, the Granite Curling Club holds an open house. During these sessions (held 3-4 times a year), you will get instruction on the basics of curling and play a short game. Sessions typically last around 90 minutes. Cost: $25 adults (18+), $10 children. Registration required. More info: https://curlingseattle.org/
Upcoming Seattle Granite Curling Club open houses
- February 16, 2019 from 10am to 5pm.
- April 6, 2019 10am to 5pm.