Everyone knows the Verabar in downtown Marquette. It’s the lone true night club in the county, open twice a week for people to get their dance on.
So what are you going to do with that huge space in the middle of the week? For the Ghiardis, the brothers that own the Verabar and the 906 Sports Bar N Grill, it’s a chance to keep one of their passions alive all winter long.
Opening this week, two TruGolf Signature Series simulators take up the majority of the dance floor allowing golf fans of all skill levels a chance to hit up approximately 60 courses including Pebble Beach, Torrey Pines and three of the famous St. Andrews courses.
“My brother Jason and I are both avid golfers,” manager Kurt Ghiardi said. “We had the space and the height so the simulator seemed like the best idea for us and other people to come and enjoy it.”
Three ground sensors paired with lights and cameras track the ball and the club movement to judge how far the ball would travel in a natural environment. To make it easier or harder, players can adjust the wind or speed of the greens through the computer system that runs the simulator.
“When the ball is hit left, it goes left like it should,” Ghiardi said. “If your club face is open when you hit the ball it reacts.”
After each hit, a series of stats like club speed, club face angle and more pop on the screen to help players improve their game. Ghiardi says that players could bring a coach to improve their game throughout the winter.
The simulator will be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday and closed on Saturday to not interfere with the Verabar’s standard operating hours. Introductory rates will be $20 per hour. Starting Nov. 1, the rates move up to $40 per hour. A full food and drink menu is available, but there are no rental clubs.
Winter golf leagues are forming and are based off handicaps. For more information or to schedule a tee time, call the 906 Sports Bar N Grill.