Golf Central opens on second floor of Boston Center

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24 Oct 2020


Chad Thompson

Golf Central, where golf season never ends, has a new location not far from its old one.

The Fort Dodge business recently moved from the first floor of the Boston Center, 809 Central Ave., to the second floor.

“We went from about 4,000 square feet of usable space downstairs and we are around 7,000 square feet up here,” said owner Ted Hanson. “The logistics are laid out a lot better.”

The second floor also features three aboutGOLF indoor golf simulators, one more than the business had when it was on the first floor.

That allows players to play a round of golf during months when the weather isn’t as inviting. For the fall league simulation that is getting underway, Hanson said 110 players have signed up to come in and play every week.

Patrons can buy golf supplies, practice their game with the simulators and order from Olde Boston’s Restaurant and Pub. The store features a spacious seating area with a view of the downtown and a display room that features golf memorabilia and books.

“We have become a year-round indoor golf center,” Hanson said. “We now offer club fitting, club repairs, customization and we will be now offering lessons with Judd Gibb. He’s on staff with us now. We are excited to have him working with us. He’s been one of the top teaching pros in the state for years as well as one of the top players. He brings a lot of knowledge to our business. Between the simulators and lessons and what I can do on the equipment side, it’s pretty much a one stop shop.”

Gibb was inducted into the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame on Sept. 10.

Golf Central moved to Central Avenue in 2010. Before that, it was at Dave Hanson’s shop in Gowrie. Dave Hanson is Ted Hanson’s father.

“It’s been a family business the whole time,” said Dave Hanson.

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