New Virtual Golf Addiction Experience to Come to Fargo
Published: Monday, October 28, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 28, 2013 14:10
Liberty Square on 44th Street in Fargo will soon be home to the area’s newest business Golf Addiction, which will open its doors Dec. 1 to offer a virtual golf experience.
Six golf simulators, pool tables, darts, beer, wine, food and sixty-inch televisions are just some of the features described by Fargo native and Golf Addiction General Manager Chris Sayre.
“We want another option for college students and the people of Fargo-Moorhead to go and meet with their friends, eat some great food, watch and cheer on their favorite sports team, play pool or darts, or to get on a simulator and play some golf,” Sayre said.
The company, which originated in Sioux Falls, S.D., sent representatives across the country to look for simulators that would provide the best graphics, optimal accuracy and the most entertainment. The owners said they believe they have found just that with the six PGA Tour-certified golf simulators they will offer. One of them is the “SimSurround,” which has three screens providing a 3-D golfing experience.
Another simulator will serve as a teaching station where local professionals will be able to utilize Golf Addiction’s cameras to videotape and analyze people’s swings. Balance boards are also built into the floors, allowing golfers to see how their weight is transferred.
“The beauty of our simulators is that it allows all skill levels of golfer to come out, have a good time and play some realistic golf,” said John Miller, vice President and co-founder of the Fargo location.
Golf Addiction hosts various leagues and longest drive competitions during their prime winter season, including the GA Cup, which is a highly-touted traveling trophy.
According to Sayre, Fargo was an ideal location for Golf Addiction with the lengthy winters that cut down on outdoor golfing.
“With such as short golf season, Fargo is perfect for people to come golf in 70-degree weather all day and night long at Golf Addiction,” he added.
Golf Addiction also chose Fargo because of the large population of students, as they are looking for student employment. Those interested can apply regardless of previous golf experience or knowledge, to be a “caddy” that can perform tasks such as take tee times, book lessons and serve customers food and drinks.
“People love working at our Sioux Falls location with the great atmosphere and social environment,” Miller said.
“Golf Addiction is a place where you can come to fine tune your game through driving range modes, get eighteen holes in or just have a great time enjoying golf, sports, and food with your friends,” Miller said.
With the addition of a new indoor golf attraction in the area, one might think the established seasonal golf facilities might take a see a decline in business, but Luke Roberts, a manager at the Sports Bubble, is not bothered by the news.
“I don’t really think it will affect us much just because we’re a true indoor golf facility with the Bubble, so it’s a different venue,” Roberts said.
Regardless, golfers and sports fans alike in the Fargo-Moorhead area will be able to use the new business Golf Addiction with the inevitable winter come December.
Those interested in employment can get more information at golfaddiction.biz.
To find out more about Golf Addiction and its progress, search for their Facebook account at “Golf Addiction Fargo.”