Two brothers have officially joined the fray of the competitive local golf market.
Patrick and Doug Uhazie in recent weeks opened Indoor Golf RVA, a golf simulator venue at 3920 W. Broad St.
Located on the ground floor of The Ella mixed-used development just west of Scott’s Addition, the venue offers a membership-only model allowing users access to its Trackman simulator 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Patrick Uhazie said business has steadily been increasing as word gets out to nearby residents. He said around 70 percent of their customers thus far live within 2 miles of Indoor Golf.
That’s despite plenty of golf options in the region, including the area’s myriad golf courses and country clubs and increasing number of indoor simulator facilities.
At least three other such venues have been open for two years or more: Tee It Up, X-Golf and The Edge Golf Academy, the latter of which is just up the road across from Scott’s Addition. There’s also driving range chain TopGolf less than a mile up the road.
And another is in the works nearby at the Park at RVA, a massive indoor entertainment complex that will incorporate golf simulators into its mix of offerings.
Uhazie said he thinks there’s still plenty of business to go around.
“There are a lot of golf simulator venues, but they all serve a different purpose,” he said. “There’s so much demand for golf there’s not even a competition between all the different venues. Each place has its own little niche.”
Indoor Golf’s niche is its membership model and 24-hour access to its Trackman simulator. Its plans start at $99 a month and go up to $299 for unlimited play and practice.
Both Patrick and Doug are running the business while continuing their full-time jobs. Patrick lives in Forest Hill and works in the chemicals industry. Doug resides full-time in North Carolina and works in the accounting world.
“It’s been a pretty good partnership,” Uhazie said. “It’s kind of funny being in business with your brother.”
Uhazie said they opened in time for the Open Championship, formerly known as the British Open. That tournament, played at the famous St. Andrews course in Scotland, was a draw for the Uhazie’s venue, as the Trackman allows customers to play a round on a virtual version of St. Andrews.
Uhazie said customers came in to play the course virtually while watching the tournament on the venue’s TV.
Uhazie, who has played the real St. Andrews, said the Trackman version does have its advantages.
“It makes it easier to find your ball,” compared to errant real-life shots on the Scottish coastline, he said.