Inside Edge Golf, The Ultimate Winter Golf Experience In Minnesota
By R.J. Smiley
FLASH!! New management partnership gives Twin Cities area golfers exactly what they want all winter long. Inside Edge Golf has always had the highest end state-of-the-art PGA TOUR golf simulators and a clean, comfortable environment with great food and drinks (yes, beer) to provide the best indoor golf experience available in the metro. Now, Inside Edge Golf has teamed up with TwinCitiesGolf.com to manage, promote, and host fun weekly events to help take it to the next level.
Located 5 minutes from the intersection of Highways 494 & 5 in Eden Prairie, Inside Edge Golf offers a convenient location for most Twin Cities area golfers looking to tee it up over the winter. On November 1, Kevin Unterreiner, Founder of TwinCitiesGolf.com, assumed management responsibilities at Inside Edge Golf brining 20 years of golf operations management and marketing expertise to Inside Edge Golf.
Kevin and his TCG team have spent the last two decades discovering what it is that passionate golfers desire in a golf experience. One piece of the puzzle that has always been missing? A great local place to hang out with friends and play golf during the cold Minnesota winters.
TeeTimes: Kevin, why did you agree to manage Inside Edge Golf?
Kevin Unterreiner: I live close and the last couple winters practially slept there so figured I might as well help run the place. Kidding aside, when the courses close, local golfers & members of our new TCG “Public Country Club” need a place to keep swinging & hang with friends. What’s cool about Inside Edge Golf is that you can literally play the best courses in the world right here at Inside Edge at a cost less than playing most local muni courses and without the airfare. Plus, I just love meeting and talking with other golf enthusiasts so it is a great fit for me.
TT: How did Inside Edge Golf fit with the stable of other golf promotions TCG is currently associated with?
KU: When courses are open, we have plenty of opportunities for golfers to tee it up in our fun weekly golf events or through our Public Country Club (www.ThePublicCC.com) membership program where they can play unlimited golf at 50+ courses for only $55/month. The missing piece was providing a truly realistic experience in the winter for golfers to continue teeing it up. This partnership with Inside Edge Golf was a no brainer. It’s a win-win-win (golfers-TCG-IEG).
TT: What made you choose Inside Edge Golf?
KU: Over the past 10 years, I’ve literally visited EVERY indoor golf simulator place in the Twin Cities. Inside Edge is, hands down, the most realistic and best overall golfing experience (clean, great food/drink options, friendly staff). The aboutGolf sims accurately read the driver, irons, wedges and putting. These simulators really make you feel like you are playing golf on these incredible courses. Golfers that play in these sims over the winter truly do see their games improve. It’s the perfect option for a fun round, working on your swing, getting a lesson, hosting a fun event or league with friends, prepping for a winter golf trip or keeping your body conditioned to reduce risk of injury when you head back outside in the spring.
TT: You know golfers better than most golf entrepreneurs, how does Inside Edge Golf fill their needs?
KU: I’ve learned from 20 years in the business that most golfers are just looking to get together with friends and have fun, laugh, maybe have a drink and engage in some friendly competition. IEG provides this opportunity. Our weekday evenings are busy because golf can now be an after work recreational option. A foursome can play 18 holes in under three hours (90 minutes for a twosome, 60 minutes for a single). Due to popular request, we are opening early (6:30 AM) on Saturdays so people can get 18 holes and back home by 9:00 AM if they have kid or family activities. We have weekly opportunities to compete for prizes including a Floating team league, Tuesday evening team Scrambles, Individual Stroke Play “Shootouts” on Thursday and Saturday morning team Best Balls. We will also be offering a series of senior golfer events similar to the very popular MGA Senior Tour circuit. In addition, we have partnered with 2nd Swing to have different demo clubs available in house as well as fitting days. One thing that I’m really excited about, too, is that local breweries are interested in sponsoring events at IEG to give golfers the chance to try some of the best local craft beers while teeing it up.
TT: What are the 3 main reasons a golfer should visit Inside Edge Golf?
KU: First, I’d say it’s simply the closest golfing experience you can get to the real thing. Golfers can play or actually work on their game over the winter. Many golf instructors prefer to teach in simulators because they get instant feedback, students improve quicker. Local golf instructors are welcomed at IEG & we even give them a discount so they can bring their students in when their facility is closed. Secondly, it is conveniently located and the most affordable premium simulator experience. Two golfers can play world-class courses in 90 minutes for $30 per person so it fits in every golfers time and budget. Third, I hope people will say because we have the friendliest staff in town. We truly enjoy getting to know the patrons and view IEG as a community of golf enthusiasts because all of our staff are passionate golfers too. Whether you are a scratch golfer or just learning the game, you will feel welcome at Inside Edge Golf. Hearing the daily golf stories, laughs and cheers while “at work” make all the effort of running the place worth it.
At Inside Edge Golf, Kevin and his staff can also customize the complete golf experience for you and your group. Company meetings and holiday or birthday parties for up to 50 guests are welcome at Inside Edge. Instead of having your holiday party at a bar or in some party room in an out of the way apartment complex, schedule your holiday party at Pebble Beach! For parties & events, simulators may also be set up for team (eg. 4-Person Scramble) type competition to make it fun for all skill levels. With 9 simulators, 36 golfers can play golf at the same time while other party guests enjoy seasonal food and beverages. The best part about a golf party with simulator golf is that nobody loses any golf balls.