At central Indiana’s newest attraction, punters can get t-shirts, enjoy or just enjoy the area’s best rock, country, R&B and pop music.
They can virtually play a round on famous courses like Bethpage Black, challenge their friends to a 21 edition of golf, or unleash their very own Happy Gilmore on the long course competition.
Pub food, cold beer and live music only enhance a night out or an afternoon with friends.
Back Nine Golf & Entertainment combines golf, games and glitz in an entertainment experience unlike any other in the area. The new center, which fully opened to the public on July 29, is a 58,500-square-foot facility centered around 75 climate-controlled bays on a three-story golf course.
In addition, the new stadium-like venue includes a 550-seat bandstand, a beer garden, restaurant and bar space and more.
“When developing the Back 9, we wanted to bring a real entertainment element to the Back 9 in addition to golf. Whether you’re a golfer, a player, a kid, a parent, the Back 9 embodies the idea of providing entertainment and fun for everyone,” said Patrick Dugan, the company’s director of operations.
Located southwest of downtown Indianapolis along the banks of the White River, about seven miles north of Greenwood, Back 9’s new facility has helped revitalize an area that had been dormant for many years.
Company officials refer to it as the city’s “fourth stage,” and the massive brick facade and netting that stretches along the towers surrounding the grounds is imposing.
“The development of Back 9 near the downtown riverfront was a deliberate revitalization effort to connect this area to the residents of central Indiana and beyond,” Dugan said. “We believe the Back 9 is the kind of venue our community hasn’t built since Lucas Oil Stadium, and it represents the beginning of a major transformation in this entire area of Indianapolis.”
At the core of the new complex is golf. Officials partnered with Flite Golf and Entertainment, a Texas-based company that specializes in creating a line of golf-based games for people of all skill levels.
People can hit balls and practice different shots through the driving range function. To meet the challenge, earn points by hitting different targets through the Bullsye game or see who hits the ball with the most weight in the long distance competition.
Modern golf simulations allow people to play virtual versions of famous courses such as Whistling Straits or Huzhou Hot Springs.
All done with stunning views of the downtown Indy skyline.
“From the skilled golfer to the player, Back 9 offers an experience that locals and visitors alike will enjoy,” said Zach Tharp, the company’s director of sales and marketing. “Furthermore, where other facilities are typically located in suburban areas, near shopping centers and interstates, Back 9 is uniquely focused on the site’s proximity to downtown.”
But while golf may be the focus of Back 9, the facility has a wide variety of other activities and offerings for all kinds of interests.
The bandstand was created to provide weekly music performances, with an emphasis on local acts. People can have a drink and stretch out on the ground level seating area or take in the view from above on the outside balcony.
At the restaurants and bars located throughout the Back 9, people can get everything from smash burgers to Neapolitan-style pizza to spicy tuna sushi, with the classic Indiana Hoosier cream pie for dessert. People can get cold beer from one of 12 taps, mixed drinks, wine and other beverages throughout the facility. The Best Friends Coffee and Spirits booth has hot drinks, smoothies and other surprises.
IN THE ONE EYES
Back 9 Golf and Entertainment
What: ONE young entertainment meeting point special offer 75 climate controlled golf bays, one three-story golf scope, one outdoor MUSIC kiosk, restaurant and bar places, and more.
Where: 1415 Drover St. Indianapolis
Prices: Cove rents run from $32-$52 per time Monday through Thursday, and $35-$55 per time Friday through Sunday.