JANESVILLE

Area golfers have an itch to scratch year-round.

Unfortunately, winters in Wisconsin make it nearly impossible to do so.

Riley’s On The Green is helping to scratch that itch.

Located at 221 W. Milwaukee St, the venue offers the ultimate indoor golf experience. Using Full Swing golf simulators with E6 software in three separate bays, the experience combines two tracking technologies that work together to produce the most realistic ball tracking data in the industry.

Golfers can now actually get their exercise by playing a round of golf when it’s 20 degrees with six inches of snow on the ground rather than walk the Janesville Mall.

Owner Kevin Riley said the public’s feedback has been nothing but positive, especially to those that weren’t aware such a facility existed in Southern Wisconsin.

“Ten years ago when I first opened up this place on a much smaller scale, it was more of a hobby than a business,” Riley said. “But as it became more and more of a business each and every year, and we continued to get more golfers in here during the offseason, so did the advancement of equipment.

“Now, our customers know that the equipment they’re using and the simulators we have are the same as Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day have in their homes. That’s a big deal because each and every golfer that plays here knows that their swing or club speed or ball trajectory is being analyzed just like the pros.”

The current edition of Riley’s On The Green opened in June of 2018. The facility is open seven days a week from November-April, with tee times available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Alcoholic beverages are available, along with snacks and soda. Cost is $25 for 18 holes for the course of your choice. Riley suggests making a reservation at 608-756-4949 to ensure availability. Riley’s On The Green also offers private lessons, club fitting and re-gripping services.

Golfers have the advantage at Riley’s of playing in online tournaments, leagues and casual play, with over 70 world-famous courses available to choose from. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday currently have men’s leagues, with a women’s league played on Thursday.

A total of 380 area golfers are logged into the system at Riley’s On The Green, and golfers using the facility can get a sanctioned USGA membership card through their play.

During a recent visit, I played nine holes at the Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. I parred the first hole before quickly coming down to earth with a nine on the par-3 second hole. Each swing I took was analyzed as far as length, arc of the ball, club speed and the many other pieces of data the simulator spit out. My guess is the simulator hadn’t seen the kind of data my swing produced since Charles Barkley.

Riley said one of the most popular formats at his place are the Sunday pro-ams, an event where area golfers pair with a pro golfer on the PGA Tour event currently taking place. The golfers at Riley’s On The Green play the same course as those they’re paired with.

“It’s pretty cool to not only being playing with a pro, but you also get a chance to watch how they’re doing on one of our TVs as the event is actually taking place,” Riley said. “I got to play with Tiger Woods a couple weeks ago, and we ended up third.”

Riley is also an excellent golfer, having played in the Ray Fischer State Amateur and also winning the RMGA Club Championship, and he said honing his game at his place has certainly improved his game. He’s currently a 3 handicap.

“It has helped my game tremendously,” Riley said. “The simulators are very accurate and very honest on the assessment of each and every swing you take. You can shape the ball whether you want it to hook or slice and things like that.

“The scores might be a little lower here than if you were actually playing the real course, but that’s because of putting. Most people that come in to play here use the format where any put inside 10-feet is a gimme.”

Pardon the pun, but the secret is out of the bag. Riley’s On The Green is an area golfer’s winter paradise.

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