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GOLF IN FEBRUARY: New Coralville golf facility mixes technology and golf

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CORALVILLE, Iowa (KWWL) - It may be the middle of winter, but at Golfletics, simulators give golfers the chance to play at realistic, world-famous courses.

Courses such as Pebble Beach in California and the Old Course at St Andrews Links in Scotland.

But instead of making a trip across the country or halfway around the world, golfers can experience elite courses indoors during every season, all thanks to technology.

"It's icy and snowy out, but in here, you know, the weather is perfect," PGA professional and owner Austin Kopp said.

In January, the Solon native and his father, Doug, opened Golfletics. It's a dream Kopp said he's had for more than five years.

"Golfletics has really been the marriage of two of my passions. One is for golf and one is for fitness," he said.

After working as a Head Pro at a golf facility in the Chicagoland suburbs, Kopp saw the need to give golfers in eastern Iowa the opportunity to play, practice and train.

His new facility is open to golfers of all ages and abilities.

Families can go in for entertainment and children can play carnival games. Golfers who are serious about taking their game to the next level have access to data that allows them to analyze everything from their attack angle to their ball speed.

Golfletics has two overhead simulators and a launch monitor, which give customers an 18-hole experience.

"In the last 10 years, [technology] has really progressed to where now your amateur golfers have similar access as tour players," Kopp explained. "We've got the same type of equipment – golf-tracking, ball-tracking. "

Kopp also provides individualized lessons so golfers can look at their swing in 3D and fix their mechanics.

"It really allows us to see all aspects of the body – the hands, what the club is doing, what the ball is doing during the golf swing," he added.

The father-son pair hopes their new venture helps grow the game of golf and inspires people to pick up a club.

"It's a way to engage the whole family," Kopp said. "For the better golfers, it's access to information...helping [them] with an efficient way to improve their game."

For more information about Golfletics, you can visit their website or their Facebook page.

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Olivia Schmitt

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