Special Instruction Feature
WestWoods Golf Course Adds Simulator During Clubhouse Project Bobby Quaratino, PGA Head Professional WestWoods Golf Club
What contributed to you making the decision to add the simulator? Changing trends in golf. Concerns over time, cost, accessibility and a chance to engage with non-golfers in the surrounding communities. What type of simulator did you choose and why? HD Golf Simulator. The real look and feel of the product. Did you create space or was that space already available? If you created, how did you do so? When we went through our clubhouse project in 2017, we added space to accommodate the specific dimensions required for the simulator. How have you been able to use the simulator? Yes, we had to learn the functions of the simulator. It was a lot of fun getting the feel and testing the accuracy of the equipment. What were your concerns about installing the simulator? No concerns regarding install. The space was built to fit the dimensions required for the hitting area, screen, projector, cameras and computer.
What new revenue has this generated for the club/ property? We have increased club sales, added simulator green fees and hosted 10 plus tournaments since opening in April of 2018. The simulator paid for itself in in 8 months. What recommendation would you make to somebody considering installing a simulator at their club? The upfront costs are what scare most people away. Keep in mind if you market your product you will fill it with customers. If you could make the decision to add the simulator again, what would you do differently? I would add two. It seems that you will always have down time in season but it is the fall/winter/spring when you can bring in additional revenue.