New businesses keep golf courses open all winter – Detroit Lakes Tribune

DETROIT LAKES – Lakes Golf Simulator officially opens Friday, October 28th, expanding the entertainment options for those who live in or visit Detroit Lakes.

The new store, located in the mall at 1123 US Highway 10, features a 15-foot wide, 9 ½-foot high screen for golfers to place a ball in front of and put away.

Owners Brady and Jackie Baxter said they purchased the “highest quality” system, which includes 30 course options for Lakes Golf Simulator members.

“There are 30 courses programmed, 95 percent of which are courses you can find on the map and the rest are fantasy golf courses,” Brady said.

The Baxters have even teamed up with the Detroit Lakes Country Club and are having the course that hosts the Pine to Palm Tournament mapped and added to the simulator. While members can play with guests or alone, there is also the option to play online with others.

“We’re also looking at a simulator league,” Brady said.

Members can also work to improve their game as device sensors detect swing speed, ball hit angle, ball rotation and more. The company is also working to bring golf lessons to the property during the winter months.

Hawley residents considered opening a golf simulator after playing at one. The two conducted market research and saw that there was potential for such a business in the Detroit Lakes community. After visiting several golf simulators, the two decided that the 24-hour facility was the model to follow. Brady explained members schedule a start time and are then given an access code.

The default timeslot is 90 minutes. Brady noted that classes average 60 minutes, but they wanted their clients to enjoy the experience and not feel rushed. Each member gets unlimited reservations.

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Members of the Detroit Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce were given their first chance to try out the new golf simulator at Detroit Lakes.

Barbie Porter / Detroit Lakes Tribune

Memberships can be purchased on a monthly or yearly basis, and there are discounts for students (16+) and teachers. There are also opportunities for members to bring guests.

If someone wants to try the one-month membership and then upgrade to an annual membership, Brady says that’s an option, provided the company hasn’t reached its 135-member cap.

Sessions can be booked at www.lakesgolfsim.com.

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Lakes Golf Simulator owners Brady and Jackie Baxter will open their shop on Friday October 28th.

Barbie Porter / Detroit Lakes Tribune



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