Golfers looking to step up their game are about to have a training center in York where they can do that any season of the year.
Matt Keller and Derek Fenstermacher, both PGA member professionals and teaching pros, plan to open the new York Indoor Golf & Training Center at 807 Loucks Road (Route 30) early next week.
The 3,600-square-foot center will include instruction on all aspects of the game, equipment and apparel sales and even a golf simulator that allows players, by video, to feel like they’re playing any of 25 courses around the world.
The two pros also can video customers’ swings and provide instruction on how to improve both distance and accuracy – even guide them on the right clubs to use.
“There are a lot of golf courses in the area and a lot of golfers,” said Keller, 39 and recently the head pro at Regents’ Glen Country Club near York.
“We’ll be able to work with golfers of all ability levels, whether they’re beginners, scratch amateur players or juniors looking to play at the next level,” he said.
Fenstermacher, 24, interviewed with Keller for the assistant pro position at Regents’ Glen, and was accepted after a phone interview. The two men decided to go into business because they hope to offer the right mix of technical skill and an ability to teach golf – both the physical and mental aspects.
“That’s one of the most frustrating things for people,” Keller noted. “Here they can hit this 95-mile-per-hour fastball, but then this ball (in golf) just sits there on the ground and doesn’t move, and they have issues hitting that.”
Fenstermacher, a Dover native who played golf all four years in high school, graduated from Coastal Carolina University.
He likes tackling the mental aspects of the game, and gives his clients the same advice that was given to Tiger Woods by his late father – make a terrible shot, take those first 10 steps afterward to vent, maybe think about what happened, but then forget about it and move on.
The training facility, a former social club, is in York City along 30, directly behind Royers Flowers & Gifts.
The new center also includes a 500 square-foot practice putting/chipping green, a conference room and retail area.
Along with allowing guests to play the famed courses, like Oakmont and Merion in Pennsylvania, the simulators allow for skills contests like longest drive and “closest to the pin” contests.
Keller and Fenstermacher will have both individual and group instruction.