Rockford Park District banks on golf simulators for its newest revenue stream


The Rockford Park District has built a new pavilion at the Aldeen Golf Club. It has added beer and liquor sales at its golf courses. It has installed video gaming machines at its clubhouses. The next addition to its revenue stream will be four ‘Full Swing’ golf simulators.

They’ll be ready to go late this summer or early this fall. They will give local golfers a chance to swing their clubs year-round regardless of the weather conditions.

There are high-speed cameras on the simulators that will provide all sorts of analytical information such as spin rate and launch angles. The simulators will also offer 84 world-class golf courses to play on including Pebble Beach and Pinehurst #2.

If you’re not a golfer there are 13 other sports that can be played on the simulators.

The simulators will be housed on the upper level of the Mercyhealth Indoor Sports Center on East Riverside Boulevard in Loves Park. The old Skybox restaraunt there has been gutted. A new restaraunt and bar will open there which will include the simulators.

“These top of the line simulators are now going to make golf a 12 month sport and a sport that’s not weather dependent anymore. We think it’s going to be a huge hit,” says Rockford Park District Executive Director Jay Sandine.

The Indoor Sports Center already offered a winter-time driving range for local golfers.

The simulators will cost about $50,000 each. The money to pay for them is coming from what’s left of the ‘Reclaiming Rockford First’ hotel taxes. Revenue generated by the simulators will go toward youth programs in the Rockford Park District and to help offset the costs of operating the Rockford Park District’s five golf courses.

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