Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Golf, virtual reality and beer converge in Shops at High Street

A representation of the golf simulators produced by HD Golf. (Courtesy Revolution Golf and Grille)
A representation of the golf simulators produced by HD Golf. (Courtesy Revolution Golf and Grille)

A virtual reality revolution will be coming to Williamsburg on Memorial Day weekend.

Revolution Golf and Grille will be offering food, drink and simulated golf to residents and tourists in the Shops at High Street.

Director of Marketing and Sales Jacquelyn Liebler said while she hopes the golf will attract as many patrons as the grille, “What sets us apart is that it’s such a unique opportunity that we’re bringing to Williamsburg.”

Revolution will feature six simulation golf bays, which will be built into the grille, Liebler said. 

The bays will allow patrons to play nine or eighteen holes at digital courses from 26 world-class golf resorts, including Pebble Beach. The simulators are produced by HD Golf, which claims its simulators “combine high-resolution digital images, satellite data and geophysical data into 3D models of golf courses.”

Liebler said she thinks the family-friendly Revolution will attract golf novices and pros alike.

The future location of Revolution Golf and Grille in the Shops at High Street. (Andrew Harris/WYDaily)
The future location of Revolution Golf and Grille in the Shops at High Street. (Andrew Harris/WYDaily)

“It’s not limited to avid golfers,” said Leibler.  “We look at it like riding a bike and using training wheels.  When learning golf it’s about learning your stroke, so when you go on the golf course you’ll have all the practice from our simulators.”

HD Golf not only offers an opportunity to play through famous courses but also provides feedback to its players, including video-based analysis of weight and balance transfer and swing dynamics.

“If you don’t play golf very well you can come here and practice …It breaks down what you need to do with your form,” Leibler said.  “A lot of PGA pros have them and in the offseason they use them to fine-tune their technique.”

Leibler also said Revolution will offer leagues and hire a golf instructor to give lessons.  Additionally, Revolution will be able to host corporate and private events in its event room, with access to a private simulator.

While the Historic Triangle offers several golf courses, Leibler said she believes that Revolution will complement, rather than compete with, the area’s golf options.  As a result, Leibler has been meeting with management of area golf courses and has been exchanging pamphlets, for mutual promotion.

“When it’s nice out we want them to play golf outside,” Leibler said.  “You will have that comfort level of knowing if you mess up nobody will be watching- and you won’t be holding people up.  No pressure and no judgement.”

Revolution Golf and Grille is owned and operated locally by three long-time friends, said Leibler.

While the Revolution team have yet to settle on a menu, Leibler said it will feature steak, seafood, burgers and wraps, with appetizers that are tailored to bars.  She also said the owners hope to partner with local breweries to feature their beer.

“They have a passion for golf and beer,” Leibler said of the owners, before adding Revolution will be home to 46 televisions.  “If you like sports we’ll have every and any game you can imagine.”

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