An online video debuted recently that showed two-time Re/Max world long drive champion Jamie Sadlowski driving a golf ball through the netting and screen of a Golf Channel golf simulator.
Sherri Bradner is hoping that never happens at her place of employment.
Bradner, the clubhouse manager at Eagles Landing Golf Club, this week proudly talked about the two new golf simulators that have been installed at the Bay Shore Road course. The simulators, which measure 23 feet wide by 18 feet deep by 13 feet high, were installed by Ace Indoor Golf Rentals in early November.
Bradner said Joe Neumeyer, the owner of Ace Indoor Golf, approached Eagles Landing owner Cary Long about installing the technology.
“This is Joe’s new venture,” Bradner said. “He talked about putting them in at Eagles Landing because we have the space for it. You have to have enough open space and high enough ceilings to install them. Nobody else around here has these simulators.”
One golf simulator is located in the Eagles Landing bar area, and the other is located in the pro shop.
“We already have two leagues on Wednesday and Thursday night,” Bradner said. “A league is eight people, and you can play four people per simulator. We’re hoping to get more people. We’ve had people come in and mess around on them. The two other places in Toledo that have simulators, Tamaron Golf Club and one facility near Point Place, are constantly busy. Eagles Landing is the only place on this side of the river that has them.”
Bradner said golfers do not have to be a member of Eagles Landing to come in and play a round on the simulators. She said tee times are encouraged because of the facility’s limited winter hours.
“If you want to play, call ahead so we can reserve them,” she said. “You can only put eight people on them. We don’t want people just showing up just thinking they can play them. It will take about four hours to play, just like a normal round of golf for a foursome.”
There are 45 courses to choose from, including Pebble Beach, the new and old courses at St. Andrews, Bay Harbor, Atlantis, and Red Rock Valley. The simulators – golfers hit a real golf ball - are just like the real thing, Bradner said.
“I played nine holes at Pebble Beach last week, and the old course at St. Andrews,” she said. “I was thoroughly frustrated. It’s literally set up as though you are playing that course. It’s just like you are at Pebble Beach. If you hit it to the right a little bit, you’re in the ‘ocean.’ Everything is accurate to the course. There are sensors and cameras and they say they are 99 percent accurate, as though you’re actually playing the course.”
Bradner said the simulators opened for business in early November and will be open to the public all winter, until the Eagles Landing course opens up in the spring.
“We probably plan to take them down early to mid-March,” Bradner said.
The daytime simulator fees are $20 per hour for 18 holes, Monday through Friday, and $29 per hour on weekends. Discounts are available for seniors and people who want to form leagues. Two leagues have already formed, according to Bradner.
“During the day, if seniors want to come out in the morning and form a league, you could do six leagues a day, seven days a week,” Bradner said. “That would be awesome. You can also just use the ‘driving range’ and practice for 30-60 minutes.”
The Eagles Landing clubhouse opens at 9 a.m., and closing time depends on the number of golfers.
“We’ll stay open as long as there are people playing them,” she said of the simulators. “If there are people there at 10 o’clock, we’re going to stay open.”
For more information, call Eagles Landing at 419-697-4653.