Opening of a high-tech golf sports bar | Local

Journal Staff Tanya Manus

Black Hills golfers never have to miss a game because of bad weather again. X Golf Rapid City brings year-round high-tech indoor golf to the region.

X Golf Rapid City, South Dakota’s only X Golf franchise, will open April 9 in Uptown Rapid. Equipped with the most advanced golf simulators, X Golf allows local golfers to play the best courses and maintain or improve their golf game. The technology takes real-time measurements of every swing to allow players to understand analytics of their golf game.

Golfers can book a tee time online on the X Golf Rapid City website, by phone, or in person. Fees are $35 to $55 per hour per simulator.

X Golf Rapid City franchise owner Mike Thibault said his company is benefiting from the growing popularity of golf.

“The game as a whole is growing,” he said. “I think people are drawn to it because it’s probably the hardest sport to master. It’s very mental. It’s something you can do all your life. It is available for everyone and I think that is due to its popularity.

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“I grew up here and there’s not much to do in the off season, and the golf community is growing,” Thibault said. “There aren’t really good options for maintaining or improving the game, so I wanted to bring something that was good for people who want to maintain their game or improve it.”

An army veteran looking for another career after his military service, Thibault was already thinking about starting a business combining golf and bar when he heard about the X Golf franchise.

“It’s truly unique. There’s no other business like it around here. The closest X Golf is in Fort Collins, Colorado,” Thibault said. in one place.”

Players from X Golf Rapid City can participate in national tournaments against golfers from other X Golf franchises; the biggest tournament comes with a $10,000 prize. If enough local golfers are interested, Thibault also hopes to start Rapid City league nights.

X Golf Rapid City offers a country club experience, with membership options. Members can get discounted rates on simulators, Thibault said. Members can get their own personalized locker – although a very limited number is available – and X Golf Rapid City provides storage for off-season golf clubs and equipment.

While X Golf Simulators provide ongoing challenges for advanced golfers, there are courses designed for recreational players of all ages. Players can book a solo tee time or take a lesson to improve their game.

“There are children’s lessons built into the software. If you want to get your kids involved, definitely bring them,” said Thibault, whose 5-year-old son is starting to play golf.

Thibault hired PGA pro Fritz Johnson, who previously worked at a country club in Alabama, to join the staff at X Golf Rapid City. Johnson is certified for children’s golf programs.

“He has a lot of experience teaching all age groups,” said Thibault. “We are interested in creating a PGA Youth League based on our facilities.”

Additionally, X Golf Rapid City is a sports bar that caters to golfers and non-golfers alike. It will serve beer and wine when it opens, and Thibault said he hopes at least half of his taps will serve local beers. Thibault hopes to have his liquor license and start serving alcohol in May. The X Golf Rapid City menu will include breakfast tacos, chicken and waffles, mini meatball burgers, mini pulled pork, chicken wings, pizza and fries. funnel cake.

X Golf Rapid City is located near Planet Fitness in Uptown Rapid. Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit xgolfrapidcity.com/ or follow X Golf Rapid City on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.

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