Tennessee Golf Station in Murfreesboro is the place for those who love to play golf but don’t want to take the time to walk a course. Because all play is virtual, and the building is perfectly temperature controlled, play can happen any time of the year, any time of day, from the coldest winter night to the hottest summer day.
Owner John Paul Brown, better known as JP, has a 22-plus-year history with the game of golf. Originally from Southern California, he began playing at a young age and ended up joining PGA Tour Canada and PGA Tour China. After ending his pro days on tour, he started teaching the game to others.
Teaching led him to the idea of opening a business offering virtual golf play and lessons. He came to visit friends in Middle Tennessee, then got a real estate agent who found him the building. Soon, he started building his dream of combining his three loves: friends, golf and beer.
While there is a family atmosphere most of the time, the evenings are a great time for adults to hang with friends, have a beer and some appetizers while watching sports on one of the eight 65” televisions or challenging them to a game of golf or one of 24 other games offered on one of the four simulators.
Brown uses HD Simulators which are a little different than other brands in that they use drones to film the golf courses that his customers can play virtually, instead of photographing them and using graphic design to recreate the courses.
“It takes about a week to capture the whole golf course,” explained Brown on Big Joe on the Go. His recreation is exactly what you would see and do if you played the real course. Course options include St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, Spy Glass Hill, Spanish Bay, Doral, Bay Hill, Beth Page and Torey Pines, as well as other courses around the world. Unfortunately, they do not offer Augusta due to the cost of filming the course.
One of the bays also offers the option of playing many other games, including baseball, bocce ball, bowling, and hockey. About 25 different sports can be simulated there in all.
From a 15-foot bar they serve beer, seltzers and a menu of bar food. Their beers include many local craft beers, like Mayday’s Angry Redhead and Daddy’s Money. Tasty snacks offered include Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese, Tater Tot Nachos, as well as wings, hot dogs and pizza.
Brown offers two kinds of pricing, membership and by the hour. Members receive a number of perks like logo merchandise, free food, and guest passes. There are also often holiday specials that can be taken advantage of, like for Valentine’s Day or Father’s Day. On Tuesday and Wednesday nights, he offers $40 per hour bay rental, $3 pints of beer and 50% off appetizers. On Mondays, Brown offers golf lessons during the day and has started a Monday League Night to fill the evenings. Reservations can be made online.
Some of that feedback since their opening includes one reviewer who said, “Place is amazing! Not just golf, but all kinds of games for kids and families. Night atmosphere is awesome for adults. Literally could go here every day.”
With his weekends filling up, Brown has added a fourth bay to his original three and will likely be adding more in the future.
“We’re getting a lot of great feedback and we’re happy to be in Murfreesboro,” said Brown.
Tennessee Golf Station
1276 NW Broad Street
Hours: Monday, Lessons by Appointment Only
Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.