LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A Kilgore man has submitted a request for a permit to open an indoor golf center in the Post Haste shopping center in Longview.
Nip-It Golf would have golf simulators and would serve beer, wine, coffee and finger foods, according to the permit application.
The potential owner, Terry Gebhardt, said he is shooting for a June opening.
“I noticed that Longview did not have a venue that was golf-themed,” said Gebhardt. “We have a lot of great sports bars in the area, but nothing that brought entertainment back to the golfer.”
Gebhardt said it wasn’t that there weren’t options to play golf (he noted Oak Forest Sports Club was just down the road from his location), he just realized a day at the golf course relied on several factors, such as weather conditions, and whether players have free time to commit to a day on the course. He said he also wanted to offer the opportunity to play to people who were interested in the sport but hadn’t played.
Gebhardt said Nip-It Golf will have 5 high-end golf simulators from 14 to 16 ft. wide. Each simulator will include high-end graphics, and will allow players to use their own clubs, or rent them if they so choose.
“It’s not your father’s golf simulator, that’s for sure” Gebhardt explained. “It’s an area where either you’re an avid golfer and you can come in and actually work on your game with all of the specific analytics of your swing and so forth, or if you’re just someone interested in golf, you can have fun with your friends.”
There are also opportunities to play courses most causal golfers wouldn’t dream of, such as Torrey Pines and PineHurst Resort. Gebhardt said there will be more than 80 courses to choose from all over the United States.
Gebhardt said the venue was still being processed and “built” to make sure the facility was at a level customers would enjoy.
“It’s going to be a fun venue,” he added. “I think it’s going to compliment the courses that are in the area.”
An application for a special use permit is required in order to sell alcohol in the Longview city limits.
The city planning and zoning commission will review Gebhardt’s request in its monthly meeting on Tuesday