September 22, 2022 Michael Dorgan
It’s almost game time at LIC!
A new indoor golf club and entertainment facility is slated to open later this year on Jackson Avenue.
Five Iron Golf, which will offer golf simulators combined with a bar, will open in late October or early November in the Prime Building, a new 11-story, 71-unit development located at 22-43 Jackson Ave.
The company is moving into a 7,400-square-foot space on the first floor of a mixed-use building that also houses Trader Joe’s. A Taiwanese bubble tea shop called I’Milky will also open in the building next month.
The new indoor golf club will be Five Iron Golf’s first location in Queens and fifth in New York. The company has four offices in Manhattan.
Five Iron Golf was founded in the Flatiron area in 2017 and has expanded rapidly over the past five years with locations throughout the United States. The company has facilities in cities such as Chicago, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Seattle.
Five Iron Golf’s core mission is to make golf more convenient and accessible. The entertainment component of the business is aimed at making the game more enjoyable for casual players.
For example, its facility in Long Island will have seven state-of-the-art golf simulators, and players of all skill levels will be able to play.
The golf simulators, which are 16 feet wide, consist of small areas with artificial grass where players can hit the ball with a golf club on a large screen. Various cameras and sensors then determine how far the ball travels, and then a screen shows the trajectory of the ball on the golf course. Each bay area will also have seating for 6 people.
Cathy Stotts, a spokeswoman for Five Iron Golf, said users will have a choice of 93 different golf courses, each offering a full round of 18 holes.
Stotts said the simulators are a great way for serious golfers to improve their skills without spending hours on the course. Simulators help analyze a golfer’s swing, and the facility will also have professional golfers on hand to offer private lessons to customers.
There will also be league tournaments where players can compete against each other, Stotts said.
Clients will be able to book time slots for half an hour and pay for the session. Membership options will also be available.
Five Iron Golf will provide golf clubs, but players are also free to use their own clubs.
According to Stotts, the facility will be family-friendly and will be able to host group classes and special events. Simulators can also be set up for fun games like longest drive or closest to the pin. The simulators will also feature non-golf games, such as putts.
“There will be a lot of great options available for people of all ages,” Stotts said. “We want everyone to come and enjoy the facility.”
The facility will also have a bar where players can hang out after sessions and socialize, Stotts said. The bar will have 12 seats and several TVs.
The bar will offer cocktails and beer, as well as bar food, she said.
Five Iron Golf will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, and from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Sunday.