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Lindon Indoor Golf Club Opens in Utah County
By Dick Harmon
So the wet cold winter sets in and you’ve got the itch to keep the muscle memory and the swing tuned up for your golf game?
The Lindon Indoor Golf Club may be the answer.
Located west of Geneva Road in Lindon, Utah the 5,200-square foot facility includes a “True Golf” simulator that features many of the world’s famous courses, a Backyard Greens brand putting green that measures 1,000 square feet, chipping green, sand bunker, driving range and laser level-straight putting practice alley and launch monitor.
It is the only full indoor golf practice facility south of the point of the mountain and owner Preston Davis hopes the “fresh” and “clean” design will become a center for skill development and enhancement of the part of the game that is quickest in shaving strokes off your card – the short game.
The business model for the golf club is to encourage corporate and individual memberships. There is a distribution of exclusive electronic entry keys and it stands as a self-operating, member-only administrated operation. There are security monitors on a daily loop to ensure compliance to rules.
“If you don’t want a sunburn, don’t want to hit balls in the cold, don’t want mosquitoes, don’t want a foursome, don’t want to wait around to hit, or need to really hit a ball, even at night, this is an answer,” said Davis.
The facility can incorporate an iPhone app for instant video viewing in a “living room” area with TV, plus comfortable restroom facilities for men and women.
It’s a hideout. A get-a-way. Or a serious practice site for those bent on getting a number of shots played on a regular basis.
“I think the Lindon Indoor Golf Club is awesome and much needed for Utah County,” said Gina Higbee, former director of golf at Cedar Hills, a teaching professional who works in American Fork. “There seem to be more people wanting to work on their golf through the winter and really try to maintain a good golf swing for more than just a few months of the year. This Club offers working on all aspects of the game from full swing to putting, chipping and bunker shots.”
Memberships will be about $450 for individuals and $2,000 for a corporation with a 20-name roster.
A membership in a club like this brings consistency, according to Higbee.
“This Club would benefit any golfer that loves the game and wants to be more consistent over all in their game. Most golfers spend the first couple of months in the spring trying to tune up their game, find their rhythm and just get back in to feel of their swing. Now they can be doing this indoors with snow on the ground while watching golf on TV, sipping on hot chocolate then hit the ground running when the snow melts.
“I spend my summers at Fox Hollow Golf Club but will be doing all kinds of instruction here in the winter.”
Higbee offers private lessons, corporate clinics, juniors, and High School golf prep classes. “I am very excited to be part of this Club,” explains Higbee.
Davis hopes the facility will find a home for junior golfers, general public instruction and private lessons and has interest from local high school and college golf teams.
“I came from Orange, Calif., where you can play all around; I never encountered a situation where I couldn’t go outside and have fun doing things.”
Davis moved to Utah and started several small businesses. He has a college degree with double majors in English and Music and another degree in finance.
“We were here, between my entrepreneurial ventures and family and I took up golf. I’d played a little bit growing up and then it became a passion. But you’d work on your game for four or five months and then shut it down, no practice, no analysis, not work on putting or your stroke.
“I think a lot of people have had this idea, but one day, as a commercial real estate broker, one of my clients had this property and I came in last winter and just gutted it. We put in baseboards, crown molding. I rented a scissor lift for a week and cleaned the trusses by hand. I took out all the ‘interrogator lights’ and put in more lights that are easier on the eye. We scrubbed the walls, put in a black background so you can see our ball.”
Davis put in artificial surfaces so golfers could hit any club they want. The chipping area includes several types of lies and the target area includes actual holes. The straight putt area is a perfectly level 20-foot putt service to allow work on clubface alignment, speed, set up and other fundamentals.
The putting green features “breaks” that requires reads, in addition to regular putt areas that simulate a real green.
For more information about the Lindon Indoor Golf Club, located at 420 North 1200 West, Suite B, Lindon, Utah, call 801-787-5661.
Dick Harmon is a sportswriter for the Deseret News and a frequent contributor to Fairways.