With the ancient game evolving, there are now more ways to play golf than ever before. Indoor simulators have been around for nearly 50 years, but are just now becoming commonplace in cities big and small. For the local entrepreneur, the challenge becomes this: how can they differentiate their product from the competition? Golf Digest spotlights two venues doing just that—from Oregon to Illinois. Although their origins are different, their end goal is the same: make indoor golf a thing in the cities they love. Presented by Golfzon.
At Walt Reilly’s the indoor golf simulators are just one part of the equation. In a town like Bend, Ore., which revolves around outdoor activity, founders Paul and Tim lure the locals inside with so much more: live music, a full bar, and a finely-tuned menu from a hands-on young chef. Not to mention the miniature golf, a full-time golf instructor and weeknight leagues. At Walt Reilly’s, inspiration for the name, and the locale itself, comes from the heart.
Old friends Matt and Connor started a business in hopes of solving the biggest issue plaguing their friends: the short Illinois golf season. For Chicagoans with a golfing problem, it was hard to get their fix when living in the heart of the Windy City—but not anymore. Check out the inside story of The Green, Wicker Park’s newest venue for the game’s most devoted locals, where thoughtful design, premium playing experience and a commitment to having fun are the top priorities.