Six simulators rigged with the latest and greatest in golfing technology will provide Greater Lansing golfers a new home during the frigid months. Better yet, patrons can expect a full service bar and shareable fare while waiting for their turn on the green.
The Okemos location, across from the Meridian Mall on Marsh Road, will bring the total of eight X-Golf facilities to Michigan.
The national chain offers state of the art golf simulators archived with major courses from around the world, metrics on golf swings, automated push button golf tees and putting capabilities.
Owners and avid golfers Nick and Kelly Swanson, of Clarkston, Michigan, visited other X-Golf locations and wanted to bring one to Lansing.
“I went to MSU and always was looking for a way to give back to the community somehow and immerse myself in a place that’s done a lot for me,” Nick said. “I love the area. We’ve been Spartan football season ticket holders for 10 years. This is the perfect marriage.”
Winter time can be hard on golfers, Kelly said.
“Prior to going to simulators in the winter, I would go to domes and could only do a half-hour before I quit. The best thing about X-Golf is you aren’t stopping in the fall then relearning in the springtime.”
Summer golf leagues can also roll over into the winter months with X-Golf, she added.
X-Golf will bring approximately 10 jobs to Lansing, Nick said. One of those jobs will be a PGA professional to offer lessons to newcomers and veterans alike.
“Having a PGA professional on staff that can help you become the best you as a player is hugely important in terms of learning how to play the game,” Nick said. “Each person has an individual swing.”
X-Golf offers flex pricing for simulator bay rentals ranging from $35 during off times to $55 during high traffic times. Each bay can house a troop of six golfers in rotation.
This is cheaper than playing 18-holes and is great for beginners, Kelly said.
“If you don’t know how to golf, it can be very intimidating to go to a golf course. Here, it is very casual and laid back.”
There will be kid-friendly courses available.
“We have a course called the Moonlight Country Club. It has windmills, slides and rainbows with shorter distances of 40 to 125 yards,” Nick said. “We also offer free rentals for juniors. We want to help grow the game.”
The full service bar will have a focus on local brewing as well as signature golf inspired cocktails. Golf-inspired cocktails include the John Daly, a booze-filled take on an Arnold Palmer, and the Green Jacket with Jameson, lemon juice, soda water, Midori and Blue Curacao.
“My grandma played till she was 89 years old,” Nick said. “Independent of your age and ability level, you can still play and have a good time. That’s the cool thing about golf.”
For more information, visit www.xgolfmichigan.com
X-Golf Opening late-January 4996 Marsh Rd., Okemos 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday 9 a.m. to midnight Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org