By Zack Peterson
Tucked among the numerous storefronts at The Shops at Wiregrass lies Sim City Golf, a business dedicated to providing a unique indoor golf experience to golfers of all ages and skill levels with the Golf Blaster 3D simulator.
Sim City Golf has offered this technology to golfers since June 1, helping golf enthusiasts enjoy their game sans the sweltering summer heat.
Originally, Sim City Golf was jump-started from the partnership of Tim Polce, Fred Bender and their overseas partner, Jan Burger.
Both PGA pros and golf enthusiasts, Polce and Bender found that the simulated Golf Blaster 3D experience was extremely popular.
“We have a learning center at the Pasadena Hills Golf Resort in Zephyrhills,” Polce explained. “And my partner (Bender) and I have another Golf Blaster 3D machine at that facility.
“It’s very popular up there so we decided to expand and bring it down here.”
The technology itself relies on sensors. According to Polce, the simulator is coated with sensors from the tee pad to the ceiling and even on the floor.
“It’s extremely accurate,” Polce said. “It’s definitely more than just a video game.”
Each of the four Golf Blasters at Sim City Golf contains a multitude of options. Golfers can enjoy a digital round of golf at one of 60 world famous courses, practice on a high-tech driving range that gives in-depth analysis of each shot, play a round of putt-putt golf or even challenge friends to a game of target golf or “breaking windows.”
“It’s a good alternative,” Polce said. “You’re going to hit all the same shots that you would outside but without sweating.”
Prior to the Golf Blasters success, Polce and Bender had been looking for adequate simulator technology for the past couple years.
According to Polce, the Golf Blaster was “the best ball measuring system of all the simulators.”
But Sim City Golf offers more than just an alternative to golfing in extreme heat; it also offers its customers beer, wine, weekend tournaments and even lessons given on the simulator. Alongside fitted clubs and opportunities for golfers of all handicaps, Sim City Golf strives to provide its customers with a complementary experience.
“We like to stay up late and provide all this so that people have something to do,” Polce said.
For those interested in booking a tee time at Sim City Golf, they are available up to three days in advance and can be reached at (813) 973-2222.
“You know you’ve got something good when even the good golfers like it,” Polce said. “We want to get people interested in this.”
Sim City Golf
The Shops at Wiregrass
29329 Paseo Drive, Suite #1130
- Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
- Simulators can be rented out at a flat rate starting at $30-40 per hour for any size party
The Pasadena Hills Golf Resort also features “The Golf Blaster 3D simulator”
7031 Whitney Ashton Lane, Zephyrhills
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