Epson

Epson Tour pros sometimes live off the grid

Most weeks Allie White and Leslie Cloots stay in private accommodation on the Epson tour. But once in a while, they like to splurge. This week in Utah at the Copper Rock Championship, they’re splurging on tiny.

“This is what it looks like when we go crazy,” White said of their house on wheels, which measures about 20 feet long, 9 feet wide and 14 feet high.

Cloots, 27, found the tiny house on Airbnb. While their luggage goes inside, they must keep their golf clubs in the rental car. With no wifi and little cellphone coverage, it’s a real disconnect from the chaos of the road.

“It’s completely off the grid,” Cloots said.

Allie White and Leslie Cloots rented a small house this week during the Epson Tour Utah.

White, 32, set off the fire alarm when she tried to make a bagel in the frying pan earlier in the week. Composting toilets are a new feature for the two North Carolina grads, and they saw quite a few during their tour.

“It’s fun to do the little hearth,” said White, who roasted brussels sprouts and bell peppers. “It definitely makes you forget things.”

Allie White rented an Airbnb treehouse to stay on the Epson Tour.

It’s not the first time they’ve stayed at a little house on the road. White stayed at one in Idaho and once booked a treehouse near the Epson Tour stop in Winter Haven, Florida, for $60 a night. Both White and Cloots paid $10 a night at the Lost River Hostel in French Lick, Indiana, another treehouse that featured an outdoor bathroom and shower.

“These hippies are cooking you dinner and you’re holding hands with Kumbaya,” White said. “It’s a big change of pace. … You could go for a skinny dip. I did that too.

White thinks she plays golf better when she’s having fun, and the tiny house brings a sense of adventure to the week. The Copper Rock Championship is the fifth stop on the Epson Tour this season. The 54-hole event kicks off April 21 in Hurricane, Utah, and features a 120-player field and a $200,000 prize pool.

“Every morning you wake up,” White said, “you feel like you’re waking up in a national park here.”

Nothing miniscule about that.