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Indoor golf academy planned for Beachwood

September 28, 2018

Indoor golf academy planned for Beachwood

BEACHWOOD, Ohio -- An indoor golf academy -- in which golfers can play full 18-hole rounds on a TrackMan simulator or practice putting on greens year round -- is planning to open in Beachwood.

Michael McKenna, director of golf for Topnotch Management, said that the academy will lease and renovate 5,400 square feet of space in a multiple-tenant office/warehouse building at 23800 Commerce Park.

“It’s a new venture,” said McKenna. “There are a ton of golfers in Northeast Ohio who would like to shoot 18 holes when it’s cold and snowy outside. Now, they’ll be able to do that.”

Planned are 1,700 feet of putting greens and four simulator stations. The stations, McKenna said, have come a long way in providing realistic looks and conditions. Those conditions can be made to replicate outdoor wind conditions and humidity, and track golfers’ swings and tendencies, among other things.

“Say you’re a college golfer who is going to be playing in Arizona in lower humidity,” McKenna said. “You can adjust that with the simulators so you can practice for those conditions ahead of time.”

The TrackMan simulation stations will feature screens that are 18 feet wide and 10 feet high. Up to four golfers can fit in the play area. McKenna said the simulators will also allow golfers to practice shots of varying lengths.

McKenna, of Cleveland’s Ohio City, is partners in the new business with Sam Duvall. Both are sports agents representing tennis players and golfers.

The two represent America’s number 10-ranked male tennis player -- 6-foot-10-inch John Isner -- and Caroline Garcia, who is the Women’s Tennis Association’s fourth-ranked player in the world.

The golf side of their agent business is just getting started. Their best known current client is Cole Miller, a graduate of Penn State University who played in this year’s U.S. Open.

Working with McKenna and Duvall in the Beachwood academy is PGA golfer Drew Pierson, the professional at Shaker Heights Country Club. Pierson will help oversee the golf program and the hiring of the academy’s projected four employees.

On Thursday, the Beachwood Planning and Zoning Commission approved a conditional use permit to allow an athletic facility to operate in the Commerce Park warehouse/office district.

If building permits are gained in a timely fashion, McKenna said the hope is to open the academy around Jan. 1.

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