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Developers of a $30 million golf and entertainment venue expect to open its doors on July 15. Back 9 Golf & Entertainment says the 60,000-square-foot facility on the southwest side of downtown Indianapolis features a three-story golf course, a restaurant and a 550-seat Music Pavilion.

In an interview with Around INdiana reporter Mary-Rachel Redman, Back 9 founder Neal Burnett said the location near the White River is meant to make a difference in the community.

“It’s the beginning of a transformation, really, of this whole area. And expand Indianapolis,” Burnett said. “This brings a fourth place that we haven’t seen since the [Lucas Oil] the stadium was built. So, you had Victory Field, you had the stadium and now you have this place.”

Back 9 says it has 75 climate-controlled golf bays. Burnett says the facility offers a place for golfers not only to practice their swing, but also to get digital feedback.

“It’s a radar-based game system and it puts you in half VR and half reality. So you’ll actually hit the ball out of these bays, they’ll fly down the course and then they’ll be tracked,” Burnett said, explaining that it’s like watching the PGA when they apply digital golf balls to the screen to track them.

Burnett says the music pavilion will feature weekly musical performances with a focus on Indianapolis artists. Customers will be able to sit at ground level or have a view of the outdoor balcony.

“It’s not just about golf and entertainment. This is entertainment for everyone,” Burnett said.

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