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June 1, 2017

Golf Range News

NOVOGOLF, a 2015 GRAA Top 50 Stand Alone Facility, hosted the worldwide launch of EPON Golf ’s new AF 705 irons during a special demo day event in May. NOVOGOLF is recognized as one of the leading clubfitting facilities in the New York City area because of their extensive fitting and club building capabilities. For the exclusive demo event, the facility partnered with Golfzon – makers of advanced indoor simulators – to provide attendees with a unique fitting experience that included the chance to play simulated holes on some of the world’s greatest golf courses with the Japanese forged irons.

Indian Trails Golf Course in Grand Rapids, Michigan reopened this month after a $2.8 million renovation project. The redesign incorporated changes to seven holes, and also built a brand new practice range and short game area. Previously, the 18-hole municipal facility had no range or space for players to practice. They’re offering a new range membership program, which the city hopes will create a consistent and new revenue stream.

After a successful grand opening on June 9, global sports entertainment leader Topgolf announced it is already pursuing a second Charlotte venue in the northern part of the city. “Charlotte’s fast-growing population, demographics, climate and business-friendly culture are ideal for Topgolf,” said Topgolf Chief Development Officer Chris Callaway. “The excitement surrounding the opening of our first venue last week has inspired us to begin pursuing a second location right away.” The golf entertainment juggernaut continues its torrid pace of growth, and is seemingly announcing new locations every month.

Timbers Resorts, one of the largest independent developers and operators of private boutique resorts and residence clubs, completed the renovation of the renowned Ocean Course at Hokuala in Hawaii in January of this year. The facility is now open to the public. In addition to substantial improvements to the golf course, formerly known as the Kiele Course at Kauai Lagoons, work was completed this summer to expand the practice facility. Construction is set to begin later this year on a luxurious new clubhouse featuring an enhanced pro shop, lagoon-side restaurant and bar, and Tennis Garden.