Virtual golf, game center coming to Reed City | News

REED CITY — Starting next week, residents of Reed City and surrounding towns can try their hand at a number of virtual sports and console games, all in one place.

Gary B Bailey Sr. has lived in Reed City his whole life, and for a good chunk of that time, has owned and operated his real estate office, Crossroads Realty of Michigan. In recent years, Bailey said he’s noticed a lack of activities for kids and families in the immediate area. He wants to fill in the blanks with his soon-to-be open virtual gaming center, The Fairway.

Initially, Bailey planned for The Fairway to primarily be for virtual golfing, and while there will be several screens set up for folks to practice their swing, he decided to expand the center‘s gaming options to include Nintendo Switch and Meta VR systems.

Customers will be able to pay by the hour to either stay in shape during colder months, or have some family fun.

“We just need something for the younger generation, as well as adults, to do that they don’t have to be tied to the alcohol industry or the marijuana industry,” Bailey said.

The Fairway’s virtual sports systems will be equipped with more than just golf. Players will have their pick of basketball, baseball, disc golf, soccer and more. Aside from sporting games, Bailey also plans to sell apparel in-store, and set up a machine that can re-grip golfer’ clubs.

Bailey said The Fairway is unique, because it offers gaming with a purpose. All the in-house systems are designed to be used standing up, and they often require people to move around, using their full body to play. His hope is that The Fairway could be utilized by local sports teams as a place to fine tune their skills and practice indoors.

Before putting his new business into action, Bailey said he and his son, who will take on the role of manager at The Fairway, conducted a bit of research on what access Reed City locals have to modern game systems, particularly virtual reality headsets. They found that very few people had these devices in their homes and knew that The Fairway could make these technologies accessible and affordable.

One hour of virtual sporting, golf or otherwise, will cost about $40 per player. The Nintendo Switch systems will cost $10 an hour per player, and Meta VR usage will run at about $15 an hour.

Bailey is hosting a soft opening at The Fairway on Jan. 21, with a grand opening scheduled for the following weekend. Bailey said further announcements regarding The Fairway and its soft opening will be made on his Facebook page. 

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