Olympic Resource Station
Learn to Curl

Every four years after the excitement of the Winter Olympics has quieted down, curling clubs all across the United States and Canada — and beyond — see an increase in visitors and membership. If I had to guess, it’s because

  1. Curling seems to be a more accessible (read: doable) sport than, say, the Luge.
  2. It is a fun-loving team sport, and that “curling spirit” seems to come across even on television.
  3. It doesn’t hurt as much as speed skating or figure skating when you fall.

All of these are true.

Getting the hang of curling in Oakland.

Me learning how to curl in Oakland.

Fortunately, there are many Curling Clubs across the country eager to welcome those interested in learning how to curl. This past October I had the opportunity to join the World Curling Federation on one of their Olympic Celebration Tour stops in Oakland, California to spend the day with the San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club. I was mostly there to take pictures and video, but somehow the curlers convinced me to get on the ice and give the sport a try. What can I say, I was overcome by the “curling spirit.”

So, I straightened up my leg warmers (I was shocked at how cold the ice rink was…) and put on my game face. It was really fun, the little bit of curling I did. Admittedly, I didn’t get very far before sprawling flat on the ice in a most uncomfortable position. It seemed really nerve wracking to give that push that sent me gliding (all of 2-3 feet), but once I pushed off, it was pretty cool. Despite my falling and the extreme cold of the ice rink, I would definitely try this again.

But really, the best part of that day was watching the teenagers who were also there to learn the sport of curling. It was such a great opportunity for them to develop interest in the new-to-them sport. The San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club has offered many of these clinics for the local youth, many of whom lack access to sports otherwise.

For those of you interested in learning how to curl, I’ve compiled a list of curling clubs across the United States. So many people ask “How does a person get involved in curling in the first place?” Well, the simple answer would be to find a curling club near you and show up. Check out these clubs and see if you can attend a “Learn to Curl” workshop. You won’t regret it!

CURLING CLUBS BY STATE

Alaska

Anchorage Curling Club (Anchorage)

Barrow Curling Club (Barrow)

Fairbanks Curling Club (Fairbanks)

Arizona

Coyotes Curling Club (Scottsdale)

California

Curl San Diego (San Diego)

Orange County Curling Club (Westminster)

Hollywood Curling Club (Panorama City)

San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club (San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland)

Wine Country Curling Club (Vacaville)

Colorado

Frosty Fox Curling Club (Crested Butte)

Aspen Curling Club (Aspen)

University of Denver Curling Club (Denver)

Denver Curling Club (Denver)

Broadmoor Curling Club (Monument)

Connecticut

Norfolk Curling Club (Norfolk)

Nutmeg Curling Club (Bridgeport)

Georgia

Atlanta Curling Club (Marietta)

Idaho

McCall Curling Club (McCall)

Boise Curling Club (Boise)

Illinois

Chicago Curling Club

Exmoor Curling Club (Highland Park)

Northwestern University Curling (Chicago)

Oak Park Curling Club (Highland Park)

Waltham Curling Club (Triumph)

Wilmette Curling Club (Highland Park)

Windy City Curling

Indiana

Fort Wayne Curling Club (Fort Wayne)

Circle City Curling Club (Fishers)

Iowa

Cedar Rapids Curling Club (Cedar Rapids)

Des Moines (Urbandale)

Maine

Belfast Curling Club

Massachusetts

Broomstones Curling Club (Wayland)

Canadian Club of Boston (Chestnut Hill)

Cape Cod Curling Club (Falmouth)

New Pond Curling Club (Walpole)

Petersham Curling Club (Petersham)

Southshore Curling Club (Bridgewater)

Weston Curling Club (Chestnut Hill)

Maryland/DC Metro

Potomac Curling Club (Laurel, MD)

Chesapeake Curling Club (Easton)

The Country Club (Chestnut Hill)

Michigan

Copper Country Curling Club (Calumet)

Finlandia Delta Rocks Curling Club (Escanaba)

Detroit Curling Club (Ferndale)

Kalamazoo Curling Club (Kalamazoo)

Lansing Curling Club (Dimondale)

Lewiston Curling Club (Lewiston)

Midland Curling Club (Midland)

Minnesota

Arden Hills (St. Paul)

Bemidji (Bemidji)

Brainerd Lakes (Brainerd)

Cambridge Competitive (Cambridge)

Chisholm (Chisholm)

Cook County (Grand Marais)

Curl Mesabi (Eveleth)

Dakota (Burnsville)

Duluth (Duluth)

Four Seasons (Blaine)

Heather (Mapleton)

Hibbing (Hibbing)

International Falls

Itasca (Grand Rapids)

Mankato (Mankato)

Owatonna (Owatonna)

St. Paul (St. Paul)

Stephen (Stephen)

Two Harbors (Two Harbors)

Vikingland (Alexandria)

Willmar (Willmar)

Mississippi

Mid South Curling Club (Olive Branch)

Missouri

Kansas City Curling Club (Kansas City)

Montana

Whitefish Curling Club (Whitefish)

Missoula Curling Club (Missoula)

Nebraska

Ak-Sar-Ben Curling Club (Omaha)

Nevada

Las Vegas Curling Club (Las Vegas)

New Hampshire

Merrimack Valley Curling Club (Nashua)

Mount Washington Valley Curling Club (Conway)

Nashua Curling Club (Nashua)

New Jersey

Long Beach Island Curling Club (Long Beach Island)

Plainfield Curling Club (South Plainfield)

New York

Ardsley Curling Club (Dobbs Ferry)

Long Island Curling Club (Bellmore)

Canadian Association of New York (NYC)

New York Caledonian Curling Club (Mahopac)

North Carolina

Charlotte Centre Curling Club (Indian Trail)

Coastal Carolina Curling Club (Wilmington)

Triangle Curling Club (Wake Forest)

North Dakota

Capital Curling Club (Bismarck)

Crosby Curling Club (Crosby)

Drayton Curling Club (Dratyon)

Fargo-Moorhead Curling Club (Fargo)

Fortuna Curling Club (Fortuna)

Grafton Curling Club (Grafton)

Grand Forks Curling Club (Grand Forks)

Lake Region Curling Club (Devils Lake)

Minot Curling Club (Minot)

Williston Basin Curling Club (Williston)

Ohio

Cincinnati Curling Club (Camp Dennison)

Curl Troy (Troy)

Columbus Curling Club (Columbus)

Bowling Green Curling Club (Bowling Green)

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Curling Club (Oklahoma City)

Oregon

Evergreen Curling Club (Beaverton)

Klamath Falls Curling Club (Klamath Falls)

Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Curling Club (Pittsburgh)

Anthracite Curling Club (Wilkes-Barre)

Philadelphia Curling Club (Paoli)

Bucks County Curling Club (Warminster)

Rhode Island

Ocean State Curling Club (Cranston)

South Carolina

Palmetto Curling Club (Taylors)

South Dakota

Rushmore Curling Club (Rapid City)

Tennessee

Great Smoky Mountains Curling Club (Knoxville)

Texas

Dallas/Ft. Worth Curling Club (Farmers Branch)

Lone Star Curling Club (Austin)

Curling Club of Houston (Friendswood)

Utah

Cache Valley Stone Society (Logan)

Ogden Curling Club (Ogden)

Oval Curling Club (Kearns)

Park City Curling Club (Park City)

Vermont

Equinox Curling Club (Manchester)

Green Mountain Curling Club (Morrisville) 

Rutland Rocks Curling Club

Upper Valley and Woodstock Curling Club (Woodstock)

Virginia

Curling Club of Virginia (Richmond)

Washington

Granite Curling Club (Seattle)

Wenatchee Curling Club (Wenatchee)

Wisconsin

Appleton

Arlington

Blackhawk (Janesville)

Centerville

Clintonville

Eau Claire

Green Bay

Kettle Moraine (Hartland)

La Crosse

Loch Wissota

Lodi

Madison

Marshfield

Medford

Milwaukee

Pardeeville

Portage

Poynette

Racine

Rice Lake

Stevens Point

Superior

Tri City (Wisconsin Rapids)

Waukesha

Waupaca

Wausau

Wauwatosa

Wyoming

Casper Curling Club (Casper)

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Author,
Brooke Lusk