Troon president and CEO, Tim Schantz (left), with GOLFZON North America CEO, Tommy Lim.
Troon recently entered into a strategic partnership with Golfzon, the world leader in the golf simulator marketplace, wherein Troon is investing with Golfzon as it aggressively rolls out its ZSTRICT indoor golf entertainment facilities and will operate three new ZSTRICT locations opening in 2022.
As part of the agreement, Troon will manage all aspects of the new ZSTRICT venues, from pre-opening development work and project management, to guest service and golf instruction, to food and beverage operations. The new facilities will be strategically located throughout New York state and slated to officially come online next fall. They follow the company’s first ZSTRICT, which was unveiled on November 1, 2019, at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, Connecticut, and features 10 Golfzon Vision Premium simulator bays, a seasonally updated menu, full bar, and golf lessons options.
From the beginning the goal of ZSTRICT has been to provide the most immersive, fun, and inclusive indoor golf experience for players of all ages and abilities.
“Troon is honored to partner with Golfzon, the clear worldwide leader in the golf simulator marketplace.”
“According to the National Golf Foundation the number of golfers who enjoy the game at off-course venues like ZSTRICT is now almost identical to those who play on traditional courses,” said Tommy Lim, CEO of Golfzon North America. “The trend will only continue and partnering with a highly respected company like Troon will expedite our expansion plans and help to bring ZSTRICT to metropolitan areas across North America.”
Golfzon simulators are the most advanced on the market today, as three distinct playing surfaces (fairway, rough, and bunker) provide realistic turf interaction. With four ceiling-mounted T1 sensors, every shot is captured seamlessly and without the need for manual reset. Golfzon technology is protected by 132 patents, including hydraulic swing plates that match the contours and lies of the course and an auto-tee that automatically tees up a golf ball after every shot.
With crisp, realistic graphics powered by CryEngine2 technology and real-time feedback and connectivity through the ZSTRICT app, customers can track all of their rounds, best performances, and swing replays. Further, they can compete on more than 90 world-famous courses including Pebble Beach, Bethpage Black, The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, The Old Course at St Andrews, and more.
Patrons can compete for more than just bragging rights, as ZSTRICT offers multiple ways to win cash prizes. Through its “challenge mode,” any golfer who makes an eagle, albatross, or hole-in-one has a chance to win a portion of the daily purse. Similarly, long-term tournaments are conducted regularly and placing top-three in a flight earns a portion of the running purse. To date, ZSTRICT has paid out more than $65,000 in cash prizes.
“Troon is honored to partner with Golfzon, the clear worldwide leader in the golf simulator marketplace,” said Tim Schantz, president and chief executive officer, Troon. “Golfzon’s state-of-the-art simulator technology is extraordinary, while ZSTRICT’s immersive indoor, gamified golf experience is attractive to
golfers and non-golfers alike. Golfzon and Troon joining together is going to be a home run, or perhaps more appropriately, a hole-in-one!”
Much like Troon-managed outdoor golf facilities, ZSTRICT will employ PGA professionals to help guests with swing lessons, club fittings, and other elements of game improvement. Ensuring a fun experience, ZSTRICT not only offers Golfzon’s incredibly advanced and life-like golf simulators, but a curated menu that goes well beyond pub fare. Offering everything from classic comfort foods to fusion dishes and a variety of salads, the menu is updated seasonally to provide customers a first class experience. ZSTRICT facilities can also be rented out for parties and special events.