Original post on TulsaWorld.com.
The FlyingTee Entertainment and Golf Complex, under construction at RiverWalk Crossing, promises cutting-edge technology that will track the balls hit by every guest.
But don’t look to the balls for how they’re done – they’re the same kind of balls you can find at an athletic store.
Instead, the facility will use advanced scanner from Protracer, the same company that provides precise ball tracking during televised, widely watched golf tournaments, company officials announced Thursday.
James Vollbrecht, director of technology for FlyingTee, said the system will be able to track every shot hit by every guest, regardless of skill level.
“They’re the eyes for the rest of our platform” he said. “It will work for beginners that have hever hit before to pros that can hit a perfect shot every time.”
The high-tech golf range is the top-billed offering at FlyingTee, which is curently builsing a three-store $22 million center as a partnership with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation on the former site of RiverWalk Movies at the entertainment district in Jenks along the Arkansas River.
RiverWalk Crossing is also owned by the tribe.
When FlyingTee is finished, it will also offer family oriented games, restaurants, a sports bar and space for parties and corporate events.
Vollbrecht said the technology will be deployed for training, practive and a number of different games, though he said it was too soon to elaborate on what they might be.
“We’re keeping that close to the vest right now, though I can say that our customers will have access to a variety of them,” he said.
Like many construction projects, FlyingTee had to deal with the frustration of heavy rain in the spring during the earthmoving process. But Ryan Tawwater, co-managing director of FlyingTee, said that shouldn’t delay the planned opening date.
“We’ve accelerated our construction schedule so we can be open by the first quarter of next year,” he said.
The elevator shafts have been finished and the steel structure is going up at the site.
Tawwater said they’ll release more details about the restaurants to be built within FlyingTee in the coming months.
Tulsa World – Real Estate – Friday, September 4, 2015