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October 23—Golf360 is moving to a more visible location.

The golf academy and training center is expected to open at the East Side Plaza on Hanover Street in Manchester after Thanksgiving, depending on construction.

Currently, owner Patrick Gocklin operates the business from the Executive Health & Sports Center near Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. It opened its doors about ten years ago to meet a need for high quality indoor golf training using the latest technology.

“I wanted to help kids like me grow and play and seek to get really high level coaching, which while I was growing up wasn’t really available,” he said.

The new space at the East Side Plaza will allow customers to enter and use the equipment as they wish. He hopes to partner with a restaurant to provide food for events and receptions.

“It will be a safe and comfortable environment for having fun and playing golf,” Gocklin said.

He didn’t want to move away from his 10-year-old home, so he signed the lease for the 3,000 square foot space in the square, which is owned by MEG Companies of Londonderry. The current space is approximately 750 square feet.

Similar venues have popped up at Crossroads Mall in Londonderry and Brook Plaza in Hudson.

Andy Levy, a leasing broker at Verani Commercial, didn’t work on the Golf360 deal, but isn’t surprised such use landed at the East Side Plaza. Entertainment is becoming increasingly important as retail purchases decline.

“It really is a sign of the times,” he said.

The indoor golf club opened in October 2021 at Crossroads Mall and features five simulators. A membership is required to use the facility.

Seth Dichard Golf Schools & Center also opened in 2021 at 28 Lowell Road in Hudson with seven golf simulators. The space is nearly 5,000 square feet.

Levy said the simulators are high tech.

“It puts you on the right track,” he said.

Ax throwing has become another popular entertainment option, Levy said. Such uses have become “in vogue,” Levy said.

“You have everything but a card store,” he said of many places on the Strip.

The East Side Plaza has seen Building 19, Country Woods Furniture, New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlet, and 1/2 Off Cards vacate in recent years.

Apple Tree Mall in Londonderry is 100% full with uses including Planet Fitness, a trampoline park, cornhole bar and Collective Studios, the state’s first Lagree Fitness Megaformer studio.

The renovation of the space for Golf360 is carried out by Mareno Builders in Manchester.

Classes and practices will be during the day with leagues and recreational opportunities in the evening, Gocklin said. The simulator can project “any golf course you want to play in the world”, such as Pebble Beach Golf Link.

“Anybody can come in and say, ‘I want to play Pebble Beach,'” he said. “They’re going to be able to log in and play every hole like the pros do and be able to play it with their friends and they’ll get a feel for what it’s like to go and play this course, even from here in the winter. . “

The technology simulates the experience “as much as possible”.

It gives a chance to play in winter.

“It’s easier to pick up the game when classes open in the spring having to put it down for four, five, six months and completely try to figure it out again,” Gocklin said. “It’s a great concept…it’s going to be better for the game all around.”

The space will feature multiple bays, he said.

“We make sure the facility is set up for a good recreational environment and a good environment for training,” he said.

The company also helps golfers adjust their clubs. The company will sell clothes, clubs and hats.

Gocklin plans to expand the business for a while and started looking for a new space about two years ago. He financed the project with a loan from MBT Bank.

“It was all about finding the right place at the right time,” he said.

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