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Golfzilla Indoor golf

Mocksville’s Premier Indoor Golf Simulator and Practice Range

Family opens indoor golf practice center

By Mike Barnhardt
Enterprise Record

Fore!

You’re not likely to hear that warning on Davie County’s newest golf courses – yes, courses.
It’s indoors, and the golfers are hitting the balls into a screen that displays one of some 15 golf courses from across the nation.

Golfzilla Indoor Golf is the brainchild of 12-year-old James Walsh. It’s his business, too.

Located at 1459 N. Main St. in Mocksville, Golfzilla is in the basement of the building (formerly Davie Supply), accessible from the back.

The venture is twofold. Patrick and Michele Walsh think it will help their son learn the value of money, and how to run a business. His parents gave him a loan to start the business, and are providing free rent for a year. He has his own bank account, as well.

“If it succeeds, it’s a good lesson. If it fails, it’s a good lesson,” his father said.

They also hope it will help improve James’ golf game. He started playing just over a year ago as a member of the Calvary Baptist Day School golf team. He earned the most improved golfer award last year, and this year has his eyes set on the most valuable player award.

Golfzilla includes a practice bay and putting green, where golfers can hone their skills. It also includes a simulator bay, where golfers can play real courses. They said it takes a round or two to get the hang of hitting the ball in the simulator, especially putting.

James admits one reason the business started was because of his mother. It was in the family’s garage. “My mom kicked us out,” he said.

“He needed a place to practice without having to drive very far,” Michele said.

“He had a good idea, and we’re adjusting and learning as we go,” Patrick said.

The business is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays, and at other times by appointment. Players bring their own clubs (a few loaners are available), and pay $25 per hour for the simulator bay, with an additional 15 minutes of free putting time. The regular bay is $15 per hour, with 15 minutes of putting. As many as four golfers can compete at the same time.

Call 336-300-6872 to reserve a bay.

“After we got the screen, you could visualize it and it became a lot more fun,” James said.

The simulator picks up all aspects of the golfer’s swing, and measures distance and direction.

Golfzilla is a family-friendly atmosphere, and drinking and smoking is not allowed. There is a snack bar. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

“When you can’t get out there on the course, this is the place,” James said.

“We’re trying to put a fun place for Mocksville,” said Patrick, who has rented the upstairs of the building to Bryant Robinson, who is operating a slot car racing business.

Article courtesy of Davie County Enterprise Record. Published Thursday, February 28, 2019. Used with permission.

Photos by Robin Snow