A virtual indoor golf facility aims to go full steam ahead on Columbia Pike later this fall

A work crew inside the former LoanMax site on Columbia Pike (team photo by Jay Westcott)

An indoor golf facility with “state-of-the-art simulators” is ready to tee off on the Columbia Pike.

The independently owned Par Citi is opening inside the former LoanMax building at 3102 Columbia Pike. The entertainment center and cafe will feature virtual golf simulators within individual bays where people can play for fun and practice, Par Citi managing partner Kristian Hara told ARLnow via email.

The golf entertainment center will be similar to Five Iron Golf in DC, Hara said.

Like Five Iron, it will also feature a cafe that will have food and a bar serving beer and wine, with an ABC Virginia license pending. The plan is to open this fall, “probably November 1st,” Hara said.

When ARLnow came to the building earlier this month, construction appeared to be underway, although the large yellow LoanMax sign remained on the building.

While the location might seem like an odd place to put an indoor virtual golf business, between a gas station and a county-owned office building, the Pike is about to get a makeover.

Just down the street, the new Westmont development, with 250 ground-level retail apartments, is also in the works. It is scheduled for completion in 2024. A few blocks away will be “The Elliott”, a new mixed-use development that is expected to have hundreds of apartments and more stores. The goal is to complete it in 2024.

Prior to LoanMax, 3102 Columbia Pike was home to Columbia Furniture. The family-owned furniture and appliance store previously served as a sort of community gathering place, where the owner kept the store open late to allow people to watch sports on Friday nights.

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