Manager Quin McCallum swings on one of the simulators at
Wisconsin Indoor Golf Center.
WAUKESHA -On a cold, rainy day in December, a foursome
practicing their golf game could easily pretend they
were playing on Pebble Beach in California with a warm
ocean breeze blowing and the sun shining.
Indoor Golf Center recently relocated to Waukesha from
Oconomowoc and has installed state-of-the art simulation
machines that make it feel like a golfer is shooting 18 holes in
Miami at the Trump National Doral instead of a building on the
south side of Waukesha.
Verhoff said he decided to move the facility to Waukesha after
three years in Oconomowoc because he felt he could attract more
customers and the Oconomowoc space was too large for what turned
out to be a mostly seasonal operation.
Now at 206
Travis Lane, Suite 2, Verhoff and General Manager Quin McCallum
have plans to draw in more customers by offering leagues and
video game days for teenagers.
simulators at Wisconsin Indoor Golf Center emulate many of the
world's most famous courses.
To start, Wisconsin Indoor Golf Center has three simulation
machines made by High Definition Golf out of Canada with plans
to add more in the future.
by 12-foot screens on the high quality simulation machines are
not like anything anyone else has in the area, McCallum said.
80 percent real golf,” he said.
hits the ball toward the screen and an image is displayed
showing the direction of the ball and then where it landed. Data
about the person’s swing is also displayed. To make the screen
images of each golf course, High Definition Golf takes hundreds
of thousands of photos of the actual course. Verhoff said people
have told him that they recognize a tree or other landmark on
the screen after having played on that golf course in person.
taking the simulation experience to the next level. It’s more
realistic,” McCallum said.
an individual or a group, golfers can play and relax at
Wisconsin Indoor Golf Center. In the future, Verhoff said, he
would like to sell beer and malt beverages. The business is also
close to restaurants so food can easily be delivered, even for
gamers in the summer or birthday parties year round.
here for people to relax and have fun and enjoy a round of
golf,” Verhoff said.
special offering at Wisconsin Indoor Golf Center is its
partnering with professionals such as Mick Smith, who is a
certified Trackman professional and has been a pro golfer for 16
years. Customers at the Wisconsin Indoor Golf Center are
responsible for paying Smith directly, but they can meet at the
facility for instructions.
Wallace, a PGA professional and regional PING Club Fitter, also
offers lessons at the center. And Mike Thompson will be there as
a sports medicine expert and golf conditioning coach.
The cost to
play golf at Wisconsin Indoor Golf Center is $29 plus tax per
hour Monday through Friday and $35 plus tax per hour Saturday
and Sunday. The total can be split between the people playing in
a group. There is also a hitting net, which costs $8 per
half-hour of use.
he would like to build two more simulators in the center by
early 2016 and he can also install them in people’s homes for
January, Wisconsin Indoor Golf Center will offer senior leagues
during the day and regular leagues at night.
At a glance
What: Wisconsin Indoor Golf Course
Where: 206 Travis Lane, Suite 2, Waukesha
When: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday