Sim City Golf Now Open at Shops at Wiregrass

Sim City Golf Now Open at Shops at WiregrassBeing dragged to the mall? Are you having to go shopping when you’d rather be on the golf course, scrapping your way through a round?

Well, now there’s a way to do both. At Sim City Golf at the Shops at Wiregrass Mall in Wesley Chapel, golf enthusiasts can play a round of golf or just work on their swings, all within the comforts of an air-conditioned store while your loved ones shop nearby.

“In the summer, it’s sometimes too hot to golf and in the winter sometimes it’s too cold,” says owner and operator Fred Bender, a long-time PGA professional. “But here, people can golf year-round in 75 degrees. It’s not only going to be popular with kids who want to just hit balls, but with husbands and guys who now have something to do rather than wait around while their spouse or girl friend shops.”

Sim City Golf has four GolfBlaster 3D simulators that allow golfers to play a variety of games, including full rounds on famous courses or hit balls on the range. Bender, along with business partner Tim Polce also a PGA professional, are already familiar with the simulator, as they have one set up at their nearby Pasadena Hills Driving Range.

“We were able to do this because an opportunity arose and it’s something we thought we could make work,” Bender said. “We’re just getting started, but we’re looking forward to the future and all the things we have in mind.”

Some of those “things” include individual and two-player scramble leagues, to giving lessons – from quick and easy to in-depth – to hosting parties, and to just having good business when the mall is packed on the weekends.

Bender foresees people hanging out, especially since they are licensed to serve beer, which is available on tap and in bottles, and have large, flat screen TVs, which will be tuned to golf tournaments and other sports events. Simulator rates start at $40 an hour ($20 for a half hour) regardless of the number of players using the machine. Golf clubs are available for free usage.

“I think that this is the way to go with some golf, especially when it’s difficult to get out certain times of the year,” Bender says of playing on golf simulators. “This is very realistic, and I think many golfers will realize that once they try our simulators.”

To get in on the indoor action, visit the store at 28329 Pasco Drive at The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel or call (813) 973-2222.


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