Owners of The Leaderboard indoor golf and games bar in North Liberty are smiling.
That’s because only a few hours after this brand new business launched its “soft opening” on Feb. 22, area golfers suffering from the hard-winter blues got the word and started showing up in force.
“We’ve been busy ever since,” said Grant Uding, one of the local owners of the new business located at 680 Meade Drive.
“We haven’t had an official grand opening yet and we’re still improving customer service and technology training for our staff,” Uding added. “Our sign didn’t even go up until March 1.”
But he’s not complaining. Uding is happy with the early customer response to its five golf bays carrying the aboutGOLF brand, which he says is the only indoor golf simulator endorsed by the PGA.
Four bays have 15-foot-wide screens. The fifth is an enclosed private party room with an 18-foot screen, three TVs, private sound, special video equipment for golf training and seating for up to 12 persons. The regular bays rent for $40 per hour.
Golfers select from a list of 40 prominent golf courses, from Pebble Beach to Hazeltine. They can bring their own clubs or rent from The Leaderboard.
He expressed some shock at the enthusiastic early customer response to their enterprise.
“We’d hoped to sign up 16 teams for the golf league out of the gate,” O’Neill said. “We now have 53. The overall reception has been very positive and we are ecstatic.”
Uding says there are several other indoor golf simulators offered in the area, but that he believes The Leaderboard is now “the biggest indoor golf facility in the Corridor.”