The Cleveland Browns reached out to Ace Indoor Golf to have a golf simulator present at their 2015 VIP Draft Party. How could we say no?
The event was held at the Cleveland Browns headquarters in Berea, Ohio. Ace Indoor Golf setup a Foresight Sports simulator for entertainment to their guests. In attendance were Cleveland Browns executives, Brian Hartline, Ernest Byner and Jim Brown.
What a great time we had and we’re pretty sure the Cleveland Browns did as well!
Welcome to the 2015 Cleveland Browns VIP Draft Party
Indoor Golf has come a long way over the past few years with the advancements in ball tracking technology and software. With the advancements in the golf simulator technology, indoor golf is becoming more and more popular around the world. Throughout the United States, golf simulators are being installed in a variety of venues including golf courses, bowling alleys, sports bars, and indoor golf centers. For those thinking about buying a golf simulator or multiple simulators for a business, here are some tips when going through the process:
Choosing a Simulator. Accuracy and course selection are key factors in determining which golf simulator to choose. Make sure to demo the product and hit a variety of shots including draws, fades, pitch shots, and putts. Your customers will want to play golf courses they have heard of and see on TV.
Rent/Lease vs. Purchase. Minimizing start-up capital and maintaining positive cash flow are important factors to the success of any business. As a general thumb rule, it takes about 3 seasons to build up a strong customer base for indoor golf facilities.
Know Your Maintenance and Upgrade Costs. Golf simulators have a variety of ongoing maintenance costs such as screen replacements, hitting surface replacements, projector bulb replacements, etc. Make sure to ask what the expected frequency and costs of replacements items are. Along with keeping your simulator looking new, you will want to keep up to date with software. Ask your golf simulator company what the update costs are and how often they come out with new courses.
Warranty and Service. With most technology, you never know when something will go bad. Make sure you know what your warranty covers and for how long. The industry standard is one year for service and warranty. Any downtime on your golf simulator is costing you money so ask your golf simulator company what their customer service hours are. The peak hours for an indoor golf facility are weeknights and weekends so make sure they have customer service available during these times.
Additional Revenue Streams. Food and beverages are great ways to increase the bottom line. A simple menu of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and pizzas will go a long way in satisfying the needs of your customers. Other revenue streams include leagues, birthday parties, corporate events, golf lessons, and golf club sales. Make sure to ask your golf simulator company if their software has the capability to advertise within the game as it can provide some easy revenue at little to no cost to you.
Operating an indoor golf facility can be an exciting and profitable business venture. Ace Indoor Golf has over a decade of experience in the golf simulator industry both as a manufacturer and as an operator of an indoor golf center. We are here to help you succeed and have developed our Simulator Rental Program specifically for indoor golf facilities. Whether you are just exploring the industry or looking to start an indoor golf business soon, Ace Indoor Golf is here to help. We hope this article has providing some insightful information to you.
For the second consecutive year, Ace Indoor Golf provided a golf simulator for the world’s largest 19th hole. With over 3,300 golfers and their guests in attendance, our event rental program provided hours of entertainment to all in attendance. Once again, the winner of this year’s Closest to the Pin contest won a $550 entry into the 2014 Tournament. The Golf.com World Am is held every year in Myrtle Beach with the 19th hole being held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
Ace Indoor Golf was the Eagle Sponsor for the Swing4Dreams Golf outing at Sycamore Hills on September 8, 2013. Swing4Dreams is a registered not for profit 501c3 through Barnabas Youth Center that provides a golf and education program for elementary, middle and high school youths in the Greater Detroit area. Swing4Dreams goal is to foster a commitment to young people through golf that will promote pro-social friendships, education, strong interpersonal skills, prosperity, and reassert a sense of hope in the future.