Indoor golf proving to be big hit in North Liberty

The Leaderboard, indoor golf, new arcade
North Liberty residents (from left) Josh Smith, John O’Neill, Yvonne O’Neill and Grant Uding have launched The Leaderboard, North Liberty’s new indoor golf and game bar across from Penn Landing. The new business features five state-of-the-art golf simulator bays, plus pool, darts and other games. (Photo: Dick Hakes/Special to the Press-Citizen)

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.

The Leaderboard, indoor golf, new arcade
The Leaderboard indoor golf and game bar is now open at this new strip mall along Highway 965 in North Liberty. Scaffolding shown here indicates that construction on the rest of the mall is still underway (Photo: Dick Hakes/Special to the Press-Citizen)

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.”

The Leaderboard, indoor golf, new arcade
New fans of The Leaderboard indoor golf bar in North Liberty include Trevor O’Neill, general manager of Quail Creek Golf Course, who is preparing a chip shot at a simulated Myrtle Beach hole in this photo. He and Chad Wilson, left, could be seen in league play recently at new business. (Photo: Dick Hakes/Special to the Press-Citizen)

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.”


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