Inside Edge Golf – Fun Times And Growing The Game With Simulators
By Kevin Unterreiner
If you look closely, indoor golf is booming here in the Twin Cities. Golfers are realizing that with the new technology, golf simulators are a great option when they can’t get outside to tee it up. With the help of TwinCitiesGolf.com management and promotion last year, business more than doubled last winter and the momentum has continued into this winter.
If you’re looking for the most player-friendly golf simulators, look no further than the PGA TOUR aboutGolf sims at Inside Edge Golf in Eden Prairie. Located five minutes from the intersection of Highways 494 & 5, the indoor golf facility has been open for 9 years and is one of the most popular simulators in Minnesota featuring 9 screens and great food and drink options.
Leagues are offered each winter with options for a 6 week league in November and a 12 week “floating” league starting in January offering fun 2-Person team formats with a season ending prize pool and the flexibility to play whatever days and times work for your schedule.
Their mission this winter has been to introduce kids to golf through a new program called “Intro Kids to Golf” where kids ages 5-12 can get their first hour free. Upon arrival, they receive a free 15 minute lesson on grip, stance and swing basics from staff then actually play a team scramble format with a parent. The about Golf simulators allow for “boosting” distance and skill so even a first time swinger can experience the joy of 200+ yard drives, landing an approach shot on the green and rolling in a 20 foot putt. Smiles, cheers and high fives flow freely in this family friendly facility. And they are finding that’s all it takes to get a kid hooked on golf and asking their parents to bring them back for more. Junior clubs are also available for use at no charge. Plans are to offer junior and beginner camps and lessons this summer as a player friendly and affordable alternative to outside ranges that are prone to weather and space issues.
Inside Edge also offers Tuesday night 2-Person team scrambles and Saturday morning Skins games for those looking for some friendly competition and prizes. Looking to save or play twice as much? Take advantage of “Half Price Tuesdays.” Just be sure to book early as the events and Tuesdays sell out almost every week.
When asked what separates the about Golf simulators from the others, many refer to how realistic the short game – chipping and putting – is to real golf. After just a few holes, many get the hang of it and are making pars and birdies.
If you own or manage a business, local companies can buy ads on each tee box and promote their business. The purchase of advertising includes some free golf to use for themselves or entertain clients. Regulars can save with the purchase of 10 or more hours of simulator time and members of the Public Country Club receive a reduced $25/hour rate.
Looking for a fun night out for a date or with friends? Special food and drink offers after 5:00 PM keep you swinging, eating and drinking for less than going out to a bar or restaurant. And with TVs in every stall, you’ll never miss a football or sporting event while teeing it up.
To encourage and support high school golfers, team players receive 20% off weekdays and may bring in their own swing coaches to help them get ready for spring tryouts.
More than 75 world-famous courses worldwide are offered including Pebble Beach, TPC Sawgrass, Old Course at St. Andrews, event Hazeltine National setup in the Ryder Cup format. Want to play a flat course with trees and lots of water? Go to Florida. Hate trees on the course? Tee it up in Arizona. Wondering what the golf courses are like in Korea, China or the Dominican Republic? Yep, they’ve got those courses too. Enhance your experience by upgrading to the Curve or SimSurround rooms, which offer a three times wider view of the course.
At Inside Edge Golf, their staff can customize a complete golf experience for groups as well. Company meetings and holiday, birthday or fundraiser parties for up to 50 guests are welcome. Instead of having your next gathering at a restaurant or meeting space, treat them to a round of golf at Pebble Beach! Simulators can be setup for team (eg. 4 Person Scramble) type competition to make it fun for all skill levels.
To assure there is never a wait and you play at a time that fits your schedule, tee times can be booked online at www.InsideEdgeGolf.com. Set aside 1 hour per person to complete 18 holes or reserve as few as 30 minutes to swing in and keep your swing grooved in before the season starts or that winter golf trip.