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New indoor golf and entertainment facility called PinSeekers set to open in November

The facility will offer year-round entertainment, from golf ranges to a restaurant open to the public.
Isabella Tisdale
Ben Splichal, general manager of Pinseekers, poses for a portrait at Pinseekers in Tiffin, Iowa on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023.

A new indoor golf range called PinSeekers is set to open within the first two weeks of November.

The venue will blend driving with indoor entertainment offering an 18-hole putting course, three multi-sport simulators, six lanes of duckpin mini bowling, a 200-person event space, two bars, and a restaurant.

The facility is located at 1515 Andersen Plaza in Tiffin, off Interstate 380. PinSeekers will be the first indoor golf range in Johnson County. The facility is built to contain 1,200 people and 92 staff members.

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Construction on the facility started in December of 2022 and was set to open in the summer of 2023, however, construction delays have pushed the opening to November.

Operations Manager Brian Kloess said the exterior is complete and that work is being done to put the finishing touches to the interior such as adding in drywall and painting.

Once open, PinSeekers will offer year-round golfing opportunities for those wishing to enjoy a game of golf and learn and grow their skill in the sport.

PinSeekers General Manager and PGA Professional Ben Splichal said that they are excited to provide a venue that will be able to cater to all ages and abilities. A golf academy composed of PGA-certified instructors will offer lessons with accurate feedback to help those wishing to develop their skills in golf.

Kloess said one of the instructors will be Iowa City golf club professional Jeff Schmid who has played in the senior PGA Championship.

Using Toptracer technology, which uses sensors to track the golf ball through the air, golfers and lesson instructors will be able to see accurate data from their swings. Toptracer is the official range technology used by the PGA of America. At PinSeekers, there are 10 interactive targets on the range which will light up at night and show exactly where the player hit the target.

Splichal said the venue is not meant to replace traditional green-grass facilities. Instead, he hopes it will help develop the love of golf for everyone in the community.

“We’re very excited to be part of the community and we just want to really drive people to the other area golf courses and golf facilities just to help each other out,” Splichal said.

Splichal said the indoor amenities separate the facility from other indoor golf ranges like Top Golf
and that there is a need for more indoor entertainment in Johnson County for families when other activities are closed during the winter.

“It’s for the entire family,” Kloess said. “The restaurant is going to be open and that’s going to be serving some really good food. I think quite honestly it’s just a whole different venue and an option the area doesn’t have right now.”

Each membership allows for two hours a day in the inside driving ranges with the ability to bring up to five people.

Human resources specialist Rachel Luke said they wanted to make sure their prices were accessible to anyone who wants to play golf.

“We really wanted to make sure that our prices are to the expense where anyone from any income — college students, adults, or families — can come to play with us and it’s pretty cost-effective,” Luke said.

Kloess said he hopes the facility will help bring new golfers to the game and continue the love of golf that so many have found in the sport.

“I think it’s gonna be awesome for all involved really,” he said.

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Jack Moore
Jack Moore, News Editor
Jack Moore is a second-year student at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication. He is from Cedar Rapids Iowa. Along with working at The Daily Iowan, Jack works for the University of Iowa's UI-REACH program as a Resident Assistant. UI-REACH is a program for students with learning, cognitive, and behavioral disabilities intended to provide support to these students throughout their college experience. Additionally, Jack is involved in Iowa City's live music scene as he plays bass for local Iowa City band "Two Canes."
Isabella Tisdale
Isabella Tisdale, Photojournalist
Isabella Tisdale is a photojournalist for The Daily Iowan and is a senior at West High school. In her free time, she stage manages for the theater program at West High. She plans to double major in political science and journalism.