After the Covid-19 summer of 2020, which allowed him to play a great deal of golf while much of life remained shut down or restricted, Dix Hills resident Geoff Schwartz began looking to continue his game as the weather grew colder. “There was nothing else going on, so we looked into putting a simulator in our house, but that didn’t make sense. Then I found out about X-Golf,” Geoff told the Journal at the X-Golf bar in Commack a few weeks ago.
Geoff saw that the franchise had no New York locations, so he contacted X-Golf and ran with it from there. There are now 65 open X-Golf locations across the country and Geoff said that they continue to expand, with locations slated for other cities in New York. His Commack location opened in June of this past summer; now he and his team are working on spreading the word.
You’ve probably passed by the 10,000 square-foot facility without even noticing it. There’s a somewhat small, vertical sign right above the door, which leads to a long walkway into the main room. From the exterior, it’s certainly deceiving, but inside there are nine golf simulators.
The area used to be part of Babies R Us, which was converted into Harbor Freight Tools, Five Below and Burlington. But the section in the back of the space was left empty. When Geoff – whose day job is in commercial construction – first saw it, all he saw was “an empty white box,” he said. “It had 25-foot ceilings, with the long hallway, stark white and concrete floors,” he added. Geoff saw the potential.
“I went home and played on my computer with a construction software that I use and kind of modeled out how I thought the space would look,” Geoff explained. And then he sent his plans to the X-Golf people and they loved the concept.
Visitors can play up to fifty courses of golf on the simulators; there are also practice sessions, lessons from PGA professionals, and mini games available, as well as a small putting green next to a pro shop. Throughout the space, you’ll find large flat-screen televisions, which were playing a football game during Geoff’s Sunday night interview with the Journal, and a full bar with a food menu (we ordered a giant pretzel, chicken fingers, fries and a Sam Adams Lager).
Geoff likes to think the space – designed in dark woods with an industrial aesthetic – is reminiscent of a country club.
In addition to the open space, there are also simulators in private areas that are used for lessons and parties, and an upstairs conference space that’s used for networking events and private functions. This month, Geoff has booked office team-building events, holiday parties and a private dinner, which will be catered on site. National tournaments are offered along with other X-Golf facilities, and there are local leagues that run on weekday nights.
“It was a little bit of a slow start, but we expected that,” Geoff said, noting the “incredible New York summer” with little rain. But the business is growing more every month as people start catching on, and as the cold winter months hit us.
X-Golf is located at 108 Veterans Memorial Highway in Commack, right between Harbor Freight Tools and Five Below. Simulators are rented by the hour, at $55-$65 on weekdays and $70–$75 Friday through Sunday. To get more information on booking a simulator, space rentals, lessons and leagues, check out the website here or call 631-486-4417.