Dauphin County golf business adding second indoor simulator
Ashley Winch is doubling down on her indoor golf business on the East Shore.
Winch, the owner of Harrisburg Golf Simulator on Allentown Boulevard in West Hanover Township, Dauphin County, said Wednesday she is opening a second simulator room on March 17.
The new simulator, made by Full Swing Golf, will be in a 400-square-foot private practice lounge in the existing space at 7011 Allentown Blvd.
The golf simulator business opened last spring with a 1,400-square-foot party lounge that features Full Swing Golf and additional virtual sports.
Winch is spending $60,000 to expand the business.
"All-night accessibility has been popular for local golfers with various jobs and schedules as well as travelers to the state's capital city," Winch said. "We've seen about 100 hours per week since November, about double what was expected. The potential with two is to double the current volume."
Many pro golfers, including Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Jim Furyk, rely on the same Full Swing simulator for at-home practice sessions. Golfers use the indoor simulators to focus on repetition and consistency, which can increase confidence when playing outside.
Winch's simulator uses real clubs and golf balls and is rented by the hour. It has a widescreen display with infrared lasers and overhead high-speed cameras that can provide immediate feedback on every shot struck from the tee box.
Instead of four or five hours walking a course, most golfers can squeeze in a round on the simulator in less than an hour.
The Harrisburg Golf Simulator also has equipment and software programs for training on other sports, including baseball, hockey, football and soccer, among others. In addition, the lounge space is available to rent for private parties and small group events.