Eat, drink, and practice your golf swing at a new kind of social club
Say goodbye to traditional country clubs. Chip Shots is a new way to enjoy golf in 2023—and so much more. The membership-based concept is scheduled to open this coming spring or early summer in the Southwest Valley and accepting the first round of applications as of today, November 15.
The two-level 13,000 square-foot space includes eight high-tech golf simulators, a full-service restaurant, cigar lounge, luxury bars and roll-up garage-style doors that lead to comfortable outdoors spaces with firepits and climate-controlled technology. The second level, where two conference rooms are located, will have a terrace sporting Strip views. “It’s just a wonderful place to hang out and have a good time,” says founder Keith Langlands.
The golf simulators, designed by Full Swing in Carlsbad, California, are PGA authorized, allowing players to virtually play through more than 50 of the sport’s best courses, from Pebble Beach to TPC Sawgrass. The swing of the club, impact and in-flight ball tracking are monitored by state-of-the-art technology, including an overhead ION3 camera capable of high-speed recording. “They use a laser technology that judges the spin on the ball,” says Langlands. “It’s a fascinating science.”
The simulators have crystal-clear 4K screens that also work as televisions—a great environment for watching Raiders or Golden Knights games—or computer screens that put a new spin on corporate gatherings with Excel spreadsheet and Powerpoint presentations. It’s an effective way for a law office, real estate brokerage, insurance company or another business to combine a lunch meeting with team building in one place.
Chip Shots will have a virtual putting green produced by Full Swing too. “It’s got these little pads underneath it… little pistons that raise [the green] up and down,” Langlands explains. “So if you’re having a hard time with a slope or something like that, it’ll show the ideal putt you’re supposed to hit on a certain hole and map it out for you.”
He adds: “A lot of potential members have said, ‘Well gosh, we would join just for that.'”
Chip Shots has a few advantages over traditional golfing. There are no concerns over weather conditions and the format is environmentally friendly in an age when courses face evolving regulations over water restrictions. However, Langlands says Chip Shots isn’t looking to compete with full-fledged courses, but complement them. Chip Shots’ debut location in the Grand Flamingo Center (near Flamingo and the 215) was chosen in part due to its proximity to courses like TPC Summerlin, Bear’s Best, Red Rock and Spanish Trails.
More information about dining options will be released after the first of the year. The restaurant menu—designed by an acclaimed Los Angeles chef—will showcase a variety of classic American flavors as well as healthier fare, making it easy, convenient and attractive for members to dine multiple times a week. The cigar lounge and simulator bays will have their own dedicated menus (with digital touch-screen ordering for the latter), and there will be no shortage of handcrafted cocktails, beer and wine. Select members who sign up early can reserve lockers to store premium spirits or a cherished bottle of wine for an additional $250 a month.
Ultimately, Chip Shots is an enticing destination for work, play and special events, from weddings to wine tastings. Golfers of all ages and levels are welcome with pro sessions and league play offered – and if you just want to hang out and enjoy the atmosphere, that’s great too. Two more Chip Shots are already in the works for Scottsdale, Arizona and Frisco, Texas with more to come, including another possible Nevada location in Henderson.
The average monthly fee is $352 for 1,000 available founding memberships in Las Vegas with a one-time initiation fee that runs between $7,500 and $10,000. An annual $1,000 food and beverage minimum is required. Anyone interested is encouraged to fill out an online form at chipshots.club with no obligation.