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are also competing in this space with both residential and commercial products.
Way back in 2004, Pellucid and Edgehill did some extensive
indoor digital golf research during the initial simulator "boom."
This particular project was in Dallas and it was tough to find
comparable facilities at the time, but those that we did find were
generally in "short season" locations in Boston, New Hampshire,
Minnesota and Wisconsin. Interestingly, some of them appear
to be still operating, even though our guy in Dallas was struggling before he got lucky and was condemned to make room for
a road widening project that needed his good location next to the
Grapevine Mall. We also did some work in 2016 for two guys in
Minneapolis who wanted to install About Golf simulators in a
café environment, but obviously investors shared our opinion of
the projections and it didn't open.
I don't mean to downplay the growth and potential impact
of digital golf. The one operating website I found for a GolfZon
Café in Kitchener, ONT let me look at its entire tee sheet. Over
75% of its space is reserved for this coming Friday night and almost 90% for Saturday, April 15th. I should add, however, that
their tee sheet was well under 50% booked for the other days of
the week.
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probably turn out to be both a blessing and a curse. As many in
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risk of creating golfers that never go beyond "digital." What will
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transition to "real" golf and replace green grass golfers as they age
out of the mix? Even worse, what will happen if existing green
grass golfers migrate their time and money to the digital alternatives they are going to see on TV? With over 20 Million visitors
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As far as the "Café Concept" goes, we've been looking at it
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Korea, but courses are scarce there and about 8 times as expensive
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Pellucid Perspective - April 2018

TOC
Digital technology a boon for instructors
The age of discrimination
What do Swiss watches and golf have in common?
March golf weather impact: Forgettable month, dismal quarter
Cincinnati operators holding their own
Masters missed a chance to attract new golfers
The Pellucid Perspective - April 2018 - TOC
The Pellucid Perspective - April 2018 - Digital technology a boon for instructors
The Pellucid Perspective - April 2018 - 3
The Pellucid Perspective - April 2018 - 4
The Pellucid Perspective - April 2018 - The age of discrimination
The Pellucid Perspective - April 2018 - What do Swiss watches and golf have in common?
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The Pellucid Perspective - April 2018 - 8
The Pellucid Perspective - April 2018 - March golf weather impact: Forgettable month, dismal quarter
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The Pellucid Perspective - April 2018 - 11
The Pellucid Perspective - April 2018 - Cincinnati operators holding their own
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