LIMA — An expansion project at Swing Rite Driving Range & Golf Shop will allow Lima-area golfers to practice their skills year-round.
Swing Rite, located at 525 N. Stevick Road, is doubling the size of its facility to add three golf simulator bays and an indoor restroom.
The indoor golf simulators, built by a company named TruGolf, uses technology to simulate the trajectory and placement of a golf ball. Players use real clubs and balls, and hit into a large impact screen located some 15 feet from the tee. Each simulator will be located in a separate booth to allow multiple individuals to participate at the same time.
“There’s some technology built into the actual booth itself that will measure the ball and the golf club,” said Mike Harmon, owner of Swing Rite. “It will predict exactly where the ball would have went on the golf course.”
The simulator, which uses E6Golf technology, allows players to choose among 88 golf courses from around the world. The courses are projected onto a screen to give players a realistic golf experience, Harmon said. TruGolf’s website said the simulator is “an immersive experience with ultra-realistic graphics and precise analytics, designed to make lasting improvements to your game.”
Harmon said adding an indoor golf center will allow local players to hone their skills no matter what time of year it is.
“We have a lot of golfers in our area that don’t have any options in the winter, so it seemed like a pretty good fit,” he said. “It’s something that our area needed.”
Along with the golf simulators, the expansion project will add an indoor restroom that the facility has been lacking.
“We’ve only had a porta-potty here, so we’re finally moving on up in 2016,” Harmon said with a laugh.
Swing Rite is also obtaining a liquor license that will allow the facility to sell alcohol inside the building.
“We want to create a good atmosphere for the people that want to play through the winter just like they do in the summer,” Harmon said.
To make room for the expansion, Swing Rite is offering a construction sale during limited hours. The sale will be held from noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Harmon said they are offering substantial discounts on everything from golf bags to clothing, shoes and other accessories.
Harmon said construction should begin in December, and the project is expected to be complete in mid-January.
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