With the string of triple digit temps in Wichita, it’s been a challenge finding the motivation to golf outside. That’s when we came across Golf-In, an indoor golf simulator located at 7330 W. 33rd St. N in northwest Wichita.
As you pull up to the facility, you may get confused as the signage for Golf-In blends into the window while the words “The Soccer Box” stick out more.
As you enter Golf-In, you’ll find two bays where groups can participate in some simulated golf or even use the area as a driving range.
The technology is similar to other in-door simulators, where you’re hitting a ball into a projection screen.
Reservations can be made via their website. A one-hour rental for the simulator is $42, two hours is $64, three hours is $96, and four hours is $128. We were told that one person can get through 18-holes in roughly an hour, so we booked a time for two hours.
As they were getting us set up, they allowed us to choose a course. There were plenty to choose from and we settled on Scottsdale North.
Once we were set up, they gave us about 10–15 minutes to practice.
After that, we were off to the races. There was a bit of a learning curve to some areas in the simulator, such as chipping and putting. But if you had a game similar to ours, everything was a learning curve. I shanked my first two shots and that left me in some trouble for the first hole. But soon after, it was back to normal… which meant more slices and balls off the tip of my club.
We played for roughly an hour and a half. While it obviously didn’t match being out on an actual course, this was a viable alternative. We could see ourselves checking this place out during a rainy day, in the winter, or during another stretch of 100+ degree days.
One thing that we did notice was the mat we hit on kept moving. After every 4–5 shots, we’d have to move the green mat back to its original space. And we never got used to the putting, but I’ve heard that’s an issue with many simulators.
Other than that, it was an enjoyable little outing that was something different for us.
Oh, and going back to The Soccer Box, there’s a little play area in the back of Golf-In where people can reserve for indoor soccer parties or other ideas that are kid-friendly. We were told some kids soccer teams have their practice there.
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