Golfer’s Grail Provides A State-of-the-Art Indoor Golf Experience

 

Golfer's Grail Indoor Golf and Tap

Working on my swing with the GolfBlaster 3D golf simulator.

Last week I had the chance through a Paradise Golf outing to visit the new Golfer’s Grail Indoor Golf & Tap in Carrollwood, Florida. I had heard about the place, but never visited. Serial entrepreneurs Jeff and Brenda Sproat decided to open a place were you could golf, rain or shine, by combining first-class golf simulators with beer and wine.

Initially I questioned the idea, given that golf is available year-round in Tampa. But there’s a lot to be said for being able to golf while I have a beer with my wife, who is not a golfer. And it does rain and get very hot and humid in the summer. And it does sound like a great place for parties, or for someone to learn the game. So, I’ve changed my tune.

The ambiance is very inviting and has a clubhouse feel. Lounge areas with comfy couches and chairs occupy one wall, and there is a line of bar-height tables fronting the simulators so you can watch the golfers and maybe heckle a little. While playing, you can enjoy craft beer and wines, have food delivered to you from local eateries, and even watch your favorite sporting events on the HDTVs between shots. But, of course, the stars of the show are the golf simulators.

Golfer's Grail Indoor Golf and Tap

Golfer’s Grail has a comfortable clubhouse feel.

Golfer’s Grail features four state-of-the-art GolfBlaster 3D golf simulators. These simulators can detect every kind of golf shot with their dual-sensor ball tracking system. After you hit, your ball is projected on a huge screen featuring high-resolution graphics and animation, giving you an immersive experience. After your shot you can get a detailed swing analysis, but the simulators are not just for practicing. You can play complete rounds on actual courses from around the world. There are approximately 60 to choose from now and new ones are added all the time.

The night I was there, my friend and I started out on the “range” to get used to the simulator and check our club distances. After warming up on the range we played a few holes at Pebble Beach, imagining ourselves on the bluffs overlooking the pacific. After that, feeling like pros, it was off to Augusta to admire the azaleas and play Amen corner. We left a big divot there. It didn’t take long to realize we were not ready for that course yet. It was fun to experience those courses, even as a virtual experience.

Jeff and Brenda Sproat

Owner’s Jeff and Brenda Sproat

The level of service and support was great. Jeff was there every step of the way to help us learn the system and provide useful playing tips. Brenda does a wonderful job of making you feel comfortable and ensuring that Gofer’s Grail is as welcoming to women as it is to men. There are also several PGA Professionals on staff available to help including Tom Shea, the director of US Kids, and the Sproat’s son Jason who is apprenticing.

Golfer’s Grail has  a lot to offer whether you’re just learning or seasoned pro. You can practice by buying a bucket of balls ($6 for a small to $10 for a large) or you can select a course to play. The cost is $35 per hour for 1-4 players and you can play 9 or 18 holes. There are also leagues you can compete in and  private or group lessons are offered by the PGA Professionals. This is also a very kid and family  friendly place with youth clinics on Saturday mornings and miniature golf courses for casual play.

Check it out! Golfer’s Grail is conveniently located at 10019 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 100, Tampa, Florida.

 

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