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    Drive Shack, a virtual-reality golf driving range, hits the links in West Palm Beach

    October 2019

    WEST PALM BEACH, FL. (South Florida Sun Sentinel) –

    Drive Shack, a new golf entertainment complex in West Palm Beach, will tee off this weekend near Palm Beach International Airport.

    The virtual reality-powered golfing hub, hosting its grand opening on Friday, Oct. 18, will be Drive Shack’s first South Florida location and fourth in the country. At 60,000-square feet the venue, located just west of I-95 on Belvedere Road, measures slightly bigger than a football field but is much smaller than, say, nearby Trump International Golf Club or PGA National.

    Not that size matters much, says Drive Shack general manager Jon Stone. “You can play on five virtual-reality golf courses here, and one of them is a faithful re-creation of PGA National down the street,” Stone says. “People can do practice rounds here, getting some whacks in the hitting bay without having to sweat so much.”

    Along with hitting bays, Drive Shack will feature a 150-seat sports bar and restaurant serving comfort-food dishes on its second floor, a retro arcade game room and a third-floor lounge and outdoor terrace, Stone says.

    If you’re hitting the links this weekend, here’s everything you should know about Drive Shack.

    What’s the golfing like and how does the virtual reality work?

    The centerpiece of Drive Shack is its 96 driving-range bays, from which players take aim at a sprawling, 220-foot fairway. Because the entertainment complex borders the airport, Drive Shack’s fairway is girded by netting and masts to prevent stray golf balls from, say, smacking an airplane windshield.

    Visitors can take turns launching balls from bays on the first, second or third floors, says Stone. Feel intimidated? Stone says that 75 percent of Drive Shack’s guests will likely be non-golfers.

    “It’s a great way for people too intimidated by big golf courses to play the game,” Stone says. “It’s kind of similar to bowling alleys: There are more amateurs than professional bowlers, and you might get strikes on certain days. Guests will be struggling and then, all of a sudden, they hit a one-in-a-million wow shot.”

    Personally, Stone prefers whacking balls from the third floor “because I’m not a great golfer, the ball sails a little farther and the terrace bar is right there,” he quips.

    Virtual-reality games for adults include 21, a blackjack-style game where hitting virtual targets on the fairway flips over cards. For kids, there’s Monster Hunt, where young golfers attempt to save a princess by toppling creatures living inside the targets. The virtual-reality technology allows golfers to play on five famous golf courses from around the world, including St. Andrews Links in England, Muirfield Village in Ohio and Bethesda Country Club in Maryland.

    What’s the food and entertainment like?

    There are roughly 300 high-definition TVs scattered around Drive Shack, and 100 of them are in Drive Shack’s Bar and Grill alone. The venue’s second-floor restaurant will serve dishes priced between $8 and $16, including a variety of tacos and flatbreads, poke bowls and burgers, chicken wings and sandwiches, and shareables such as charcuterie boards. There will be 32 specialty cocktails ($9-$16), including a Cotton Candy Cocktail with vodka, a Lavender Margarita and a Peachy Palmer, an Arnold Palmer-style drink with Jameson whiskey.

    How much to tee off?

    Drive Shack, at 1710 Belvedere Road, in West Palm Beach, will be open 9 a.m.-midnight Sunday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Renting a driving-range bay costs $25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., $35 from 1 to 5 p.m. and $45 from 5 p.m. to close. For more information, call 561-771-5354 or go to www.driveshack.com.

    View original article published by The West Palm Beach Post here.

    Written by: Phillip Valys

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