Originally Posted by bradsul
I'm a member at simulator place up the street. I joined for the same reason as you, winters up here are long! I tried using a golf dome for a while but it was way too cold and way too expensive.
My simulator place uses HDGolf. Absolutely amazing visuals since they take actual photos at the course. The trade off is they only have 20+ courses. I love playing in the leagues (I play in 2 leagues during the week). Met some great guys and a few new golf buddies that way.
When I did a quick search in Colorado, there is one that uses HDGolf in Wheatridge, CO. However, that would be too far for me to do any league :( But when I get out there, I might check it out next winter if I can't find some other option. I just won't be able to go two to three days a week like I am now.
The guys I played with this year on Weds, I met in that indoor golf league. They are all starters at courses around where I live. They invited me to join them when the wather got better and we could play outside again. Great guys! And as I bonus, I got to play some awesome courses that cost $75 to $85 around for $25! I always enjoy making new golfing friends!
Originally Posted by Dave2512
We have several here. I don't like putting on a sim so I tend to stick to the indoor hitting stalls with video.
I agree the putting is weird and hard to get used to. But my approach is this is just something to do and keep the rust off my swing. In the sim you get a perfect surface to hit off, even the mats they have to simulate the rough and the sand are easier to hit out of. Hitting off the mat that simulates a sand shot is noting like hitting from real sand. I know there will be rust on my putting stroke this spring, but it's nothing a little work early in the year won't take care of.
Where are the simulaters around you, Dave? Would it be possible for you to give me the names of the ones near you? I did a quick search and found one in Wheatridge and a couple down in the Springs, which is too far. Brighton is still a little bit more of a drive than I would want, but it's hell of a lot better than Wheatridge. If they offered leagues there, I could maybe see myself driving there once a week for a league next winter.
Originally Posted by billchao
They're popping up everywhere, now. Last year, I didn't find any on a search, now there are at least two within 15 minutes from my house.
I'm actually more interesting in finding a place that uses Trackman or Flightscope that I can use for improvement, but so far the only places I've found are a bit longer than I'd like to travel for practice.
The guy that owns the place I go to now is looking into Trackman and Flightscope, they are going to make a new bay for them. They already have High School kids that come in and do a league together and offer lessons. They have a guy that builds clubs too, so they are going to start doing fittings once they get a scope.
In the past the owner has ran his buisness as a hobby and his goal was just to break even. He owns severl camps and has a rafting company. So in the winter months he just does the golf sim buisness for something to do, but I think he's realized he's onto something and there is a market for it.
I always had a dream of owning a bar or something when I retire. I've looked at the price of some of these sims and you're looking at $40K to $80k and up. When I started this I always thought if I ever did open my bar, doing a golf or sports theme would be cool! Even cooler would be to have a couple of these sims in a side or back room and run leagues in the winter months!