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FlyingTee takes a shot at new entertainment concept

FlyingTee takes a shot at new entertainment concept

Every golfer dreams of playing the great golf courses of the world such as Pinehurst, St. Andrews or Pebble Beach, but what if in order to do so you didn’t have to leave the state?

More than 100 people were on hand Tuesday morning for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the FlyingTee, 600 Riverwalk Terrace in Jenks.

The entertainment venue is the latest addition to the Riverwalk Crossing since the Muscogee (Creek) Nation purchased the property in April 2012 in an effort to promote economic development.

Newly elected Principal Chief James R. Floyd was excited about the new concept and the opportunity for growth in the area which includes Margaritaville Hotel and Casino just over the river. The Margaritaville Casino is expected to open in a couple of months and the hotel is expected to be complete in December.

“As far as destination entertainment, I don’t think we could have anything any better,” he said. “As we continue to the south into the Riverwalk property, we have capital improvement plans in place to remodel that space. Further to the south is the City of Jenks and soon the (Simon) outlet mall will be complete. This area is just going to grow tremendously in the next 12-18 months.”

Floyd, who’s been in office a little over five months, says One Fire Holding Co., the business arm of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, is exploring other opportunities.

“That’s great not only just for the money but for the fact that our citizens can see we’re utilizing the assets that we have invested in,” he said.

FlyingTee was a concept created by Oklahomans John Vollbrecht, Ryan Tawwater and James Vollbrecht.

The three men have been friends since high school and each have business backgrounds. They developed the idea for the 53,000-square-foot facility on a single sheet of paper.

The 60 climate-controlled golf bays provide optimized play and practice all year. Each bay accommodates up to six people and there are three private suites with six golf bays. Also, each floor has a separate restaurant, bar and ambiance.

Multiple games such as Darts, HORSE, PIG and Black Jack are available, or players can simply work on their swing. Equipment is provided or guests may bring their own for practice.

Experienced golfers will enjoy the hitting bays where they can utilize the industry’s most advanced golf ball tracking technology and get real time data on every swing.

Inexperienced golfers can play right along with their more experienced counterparts by utilizing the handicapping feature. Golf play is initiated in the bays onto a type of driving range that coincides with a virtual golf game at the same time.

“Courses will be added and private events and tournaments are welcome,” said Ryan Tawwater, founder and chief operating officer. “Pricing starts at $20 per bay for up to six people and you can hit as many balls as you want to hit.”

FlyingTee also offers two conference rooms, one with an occupancy of 50 and another large enough for 70 people.

“We’ve got private suites on the third floor as well adjacent to the meeting rooms,” Tawwater said. “If you wanted to have a meeting event and private suites right next to it you can do that here. There is food and beverages available on every floor and we have lots of group package options.”

There are also patios available for rental on every level of the facility.

“During the week, if you wanted to rent out the entire restaurant on the third or second floor, or if you wanted to rent the patio, you have that option,” Tawwater said.

Currently, FlyingTee has 275 employees and expects to hire another 25 in the coming months. It’s hours of operation are 9 a.m.-midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Lesa Jones

lesa.jones@tulsabusiness.com

Twitter: @LesaLJones

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