The Bunker, an indoor facility that features state-of-the-art golf simulators that allow users to play a wide range of courses and skill challenges, will move to a 3,500-square-foot space next to Shaker & Vine. The company, which operates locations in Gelderland, Clifton Park, North Greenbush and soon New Hartford near Utica, hopes to open by next June.
Troy Miller, who co-founded The Bunker with his business partner, Burl McCutcheon, said in 2019.
Miller said the company was looking to move to Schenectady not long after opening its first location in Guilderland in 2019, and had already reached an agreement, but eventually decided to hold off once the pandemic broke out in early 2020.
But with the economy recovering and casino revenue reaching pre-pandemic levels, Miller said the time is right to move on.
Bunker will feature four golf bays and two darts, as well as a bar and seating area. Miller said the spacious patio will feature a retractable roof, where guests will be able to enjoy cocktails and a variety of bar-style foods, including flatbread and appetizers.
Each simulator bay will be rented at a rate of $40 to $70 per hour, which is what the company charges at their current locations.
Users of all skill levels will be able to choose from over 160 courses, including those played by professionals, such as Pebble Beach and St. Andrews in the United Kingdom. TrackMan simulators also allow users to choose weather options and play a variety of skill games, including driving and chopping competitions.
Miller said the simulators are used by PGA tour professionals but are ideal for first dates, a night out with friends and corporate gatherings, which he said will complement casino-hosted gatherings. He said people will also be able to sit at the bar or grab a table without having to rent a simulator.
“If you want to use it as a competitive tool to evolve in golf, this is the tool,” Miller said. “If you want to use it just to have fun and play a round of 18 holes with friends, this is it. If you want to use it for an 8-year-old’s birthday, there are plenty of games to play.”
David Boyko, CEO of Galesi Group, the company that developed Mohawk Harbor, said The Bunker will complement already existing attractions, including Rivers Casino, Druthers and Shaker & Vine.
“It’s just another convenience for the people who live here, work here and play here,” he said.
Buicko said that Mohawk Harbor met all expectations, noting that there are no job vacancies in apartments and homes, and there is currently no commercial space available.
In June, SI Group announced that it would move its headquarters from Niskayuna to a 1,655-square-foot space on the ground floor of the River House condominium in the harbor.
Momentive Performance Materials of Waterford has moved into SI Group’s Niskayuna home along Balltown Road. The Schenectady County Development Authority has approved more than $1 million in assistance for the two companies to help with transitions.
Meanwhile, Miller said the popularity of golf simulators is growing as technology continues to evolve, but most are located in warehouses in private clubs, which is why the company has been able to separate itself from the competition and continue to expand.
“We want to be the ultimate level of what this industry is all about,” he said.
For more information on The Bunker, visit the company’s website: getinthebunker.golf.
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