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Hit the virtual links

Melissa Topey • Jan 31, 2014 at 7:20 AM

A local business has found there are a lot of people in the area who like to golf. But common sense has found there aren’t very many who want to spend time outdoors in subzero temperatures.

With these two truths in mind, owner Troy Albright and manager Lee Capucini opened Wormburners, a virtual golfing facility located at 1744 McPherson Highway in Clyde.

Wormburners Virtual Golf

• WHERE: 1744 W. McPherson Hwy., Clyde

• HOURS: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Other times available by appointment.

• PHONE: 567-855-5521

• COST: Play is by the hour. Discounts offered to groups. One hour for one person is $30. Four people is $25 per person, per hour.

• MORE: Groups are welcome as well as private parties. Reservations are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome.

After opening the first week of October, they haven’t had a problem finding customers.

“Within a 25-mile radius, there are 30 golf courses,” Capucini said. “The people are here”

And they are coming to play.

People from Clyde, Sandusky, Norwalk and as far away as Carey and Toledo come to hone their skills on the Tru-Golf Premium system, the latest from the well-known manufacturer.

The opportunity to use this state-of-the-art system is a rare one.

“There are only 25 in the country,” Capucini said — and three of them are at Wormburners.

Costing about $50,000 each, the simulators allow golfers to choose from 80 professional courses, meaning a customer can play their favorite links — say Pebble Beach — without ever leaving northern Ohio. So many options might prove overwhelming to those who have never used the simulator before, so staff will guide people through the system the first few times before turning them loose.

There are courses of nine holes or 18 holes. There is driving or putting practice. This isn’t some arcade game. This is real golf clubs and real golf balls.

“You will use every club in your bag,” Capucini said.

Albright, who operates a couple of businesses, including a recycling operation in Toledo, wanted to do something in his hometown.

The Clyde/Fremont area needed something entertainment-related, especially in the colder months, and with that in mind the indoor virtual golf shop was born.

“This gives golfers something to do in the winter” Capucini said.

Albright echoed the sentiment: “I love my hometown of Clyde. Acquaintances there never had anything to do”

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