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Can’t golf in winter? A new Boise indoor-golf business will let you play Pebble Beach

Boiseans Chad and Melisa Evans say the look and feel of their Back 9 Indoor Golf business will be similar to this.
Boiseans Chad and Melisa Evans say the look and feel of their Back 9 Indoor Golf business will be similar to this. TruGolf Inc. via Chad Evans

A couple from Nampa plans to open an indoor-golf center in Boise, picking up where a former Downtown golf business left off.

Chad Evans and his wife, Melisa, hope to open Back 9 Indoor Golf in January at 6883 W. Overland Road in the Overland Park Shopping Center. In a nearly 7,000-square-foot retail space, they plan five golf simulators, a landscaped putting green with a waterfall, a room for parties and other events, and a food-and-beverage area.

“When you walk in the front door, you’re going to feel like you’re on a golf course — not playing video games, not at a bar and grille,” Evans said.

The simulators allow a player using real golf clubs and balls to strike a ball from a tee on a mat into a screen that displays where the ball would go on an actual golf course based on the ball’s velocity. “You play everything from your driver to your putter,” Evans said. “They’re first-class simulators, the most accurate you can get.”

Players can choose from 80 courses, including Torrey Pines and Pebble Beach.

Evans knows of no other business like his in the Treasure Valley. There was one: IdaPro Indoor Golf opened in 2012 at 353 S. Capitol Blvd. but has since closed. “That was a rough location,” he said.

Chad and Melisa Evans
Chad and Melisa Evans Provided by Chad Evans

Golf365, at 3629 S. Federal Way (moving to 6546 S. Federal Way in mid-January), offers simulators but emphasizes training and equipment. Evans said his business will have pros available for people who want lessons but will emphasize golf as entertainment.

He expects to be busiest in cold weather, though Back 9 will offer tournaments and leagues throughout the year. He has yet to set prices but expects an 18-hole game — which typically takes about an hour — to cost about $20 weekdays, $30 weeknights and $37 weekends. The center will be open seven days a week until 10 p.m.

Evans owns Xtreme Home Entertainment, a Nampa home-theater sales and installation business. “Golf has always been a passion of mine,” he said. “I used to play really well.”

His application for a permit to renovate the retail space was first reported by BoiseDev.com.

David Staats: 208-377-6417, @DavidStaats

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