Two brothers have officially joined the fray of the competitive local golf market.
Patrick and Doug Uhazie have recently opened Indoor Golf RVA, a golf simulator location at 3920 W. Broad St.
Located on the ground floor of the mixed-use development of The Ella, just west of Scott’s Addition, the site offers a membership model that allows users to access the Trackman simulator 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Patrick Uhazie said matters have steadily increased as local residents become known. He said about 70 percent of their customers so far live within a 2-mile radius of Indoor Golf.
That’s despite numerous golfing opportunities in the region, including the numerous golf courses and country clubs in the area and an increasing number of indoor simulator facilities.
At least three other such locations have been open for two years or more: Tee It Up, X-Golf and The Edge Golf Academy, the latter of which is just down the road opposite Scott’s Addition. There is also a driving range chain TopGolf less than a mile away.
And another is nearby near the Park at RVA, a huge indoor entertainment complex that will include golf simulators in its mix of offerings.
Uhazie said he thinks there’s still plenty of business to do.
“There are many golf simulator locations, but they all serve a different purpose,” he said. “Golf is in so much demand that there isn’t even a match between all the different venues. Every place has its own little niche.”
Indoor Golf’s niche is its membership model and 24-hour access to the Trackman simulator. The plans start at $99 per month and go up to $299 for unlimited play and practice.
Both Patrick and Doug run the business while continuing their full-time jobs. Patrick lives in Forest Hill and works in the chemical industry. Doug lives in North Carolina full-time and works in accounting.
“It’s been a pretty good partnership,” Uhazie said. “It’s pretty funny doing business with your brother.”
Uhazie said they opened in time for the Open Championship, formerly known as the British Open. That tournament, played on Scotland’s famed St Andrews course, was a draw for the Uhazie location, as the Trackman allows customers to play a round on a virtual version of St Andrews.
Uhazie said customers came to virtually play the course while watching the tournament on the venue’s TV.
Uhazie, who has played the real-life St Andrews, said the Trackman version has its advantages.
“It makes it easier to find your ball,” compared to wandering real-life shots on the Scottish coast, he said.