Golf instructor Kyle Rich wanted to put the space for his existing golf academy to further use by setting up an indoor training facility.
So, when an opportunity arose to put plans into action, he set out to achieve this aim.
Legends Indoor Golf, located in a 7,300-square-foot facility at 2091 63rd St., opened on Nov. 11, 2016.
Owned and operated by PGA member Kyle Rich, the center includes a driving range, full-size practice green and performance golf simulation.
While students affiliated with the Kyle Rich Golf Academy have benefitted from having a place to improve their skills and keep their games sharp during the winter, Rich believes he’s filling a broader niche.
“I think it’s a great market that is definitely strong in Downers Grove,” Rich said. “People get a chance to see our offerings, and I think it will continue to grow. “
Rich has noted that golfers playing at his facility travel from in and around the area, and they often include people from Naperville, Hinsdale and Woodridge, just to name a few.
There are a number of golf courses in the area, including Village Greens (Woodridge), Village Links (Glen Ellyn) and the Downers Grove Golf Club (Downers Grove).
Rich said his facility aims to please.
“We offer both senior and regular leagues,” he said. “We offer a senior rate Monday through Friday before 3 p.m. That is a big offering. We get a lot of seniors who play throughout the week.”
Typically, Legends Indoor Golf sees three different types of players: golfers looking to play nine holes, 18 holes and others who like to play at their leisure, they play at an hourly rate.
The facility offers players a chance to play on famous courses, a high-tech driving range, lessons and a year-round golf academy.
“We also have a full-size contoured practice green,” he said. “We are like a golf course in that sense.”
The Kyle Rich Golf Academy and Legends Indoor Golf are housed under one roof and powered by Foresight Sports.
“We provide the ability for players to get the same accurate results indoors and outdoors,” Rich said. “We are powered by Foresight Sports. They have a unit called GC2, a launch monitor for which provides incredible accuracy for players inside just as they would outdoors.”
But there’s more to what makes Legends Indoor Golf standout, Rich said.
Rich said he sees his facility serving as a social hub for golf enthusiasts of all experience levels.
“I think we can definitely provide Downers Grove with a social setting where golfers can congregate in the offseason,” he said. “We offer special events throughout the year. Legends offers not only the putting, ranges and lessons, we (also) do corporate events and we accommodate groups the same way a golf course does.”
Rich said it’s great to know that he can run an indoor golf facility in Downers Grove.
“We’re excited that we’re able remodel the center and offer golfers a place in the offseason and winter time,” he said.
For more information, go to legendsindoorgolf.com or call 630-409-1220.