(Topic ID: 148332)

Setting Up Tables At My Golf Course

By Dooskie

3 years ago

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#1 3 years ago

We own a small public 9-hole golf course in mid-Maine. Our clientele is men and women, ranging in age from 5 to 85, typical golfers. We have a nice pro shop with a good variety of golf equipment, along with some basic food and beverage service, which includes beer and wine. Both of us love playing pinball, and we have a Trek 25th Anniversary machine that was just refurbished. We also have a No Good Gofers machine that is currently being shopped, which we picked up locally for $1,800. The table is in awesome shape, and just needs lights, rubbers and the video display worked on. So we'll have roughly $2,500 tied up in it by the time it's all said and done.

We have room for four or five pinball machines, so we are thinking about putting both of our current machines in the pro shop, and then adding two or three more, along with a Golden Tee arcade game, giving us five or six machines in all. We have a designated area that will be just for the machines, and can set it up so that it won't interfere with the retail sales in the pro shop. Keeping the games serviced won't be an issue. We're not looking to support the golf course from the machines. However, if we pull in some extra revenue, that's never a bad thing. We're mainly looking to have a place to set up our machines, give our customers something else to do and promote pinball a little bit.

So I've got a couple of questions:

1. We're going to have three games that have golf themes. Should we get two or three more tables with golf themes, maybe Tee'd Off and something else? Or should we throw in something with a different theme, like a Simpson's machine or something along those lines?

2. How important do you think it is to rotate games in and out? We're open about 9 months of the year, and folks will mainly be coming here to do golf-related things, although we're hoping that we might get some folks coming out for lunch and pinball. My current line of thinking is to only rotate machines when we either get tired of playing them, or if someone comes in an offers us a price that we just can't refuse, at which point we'd replace it with another machine.

3. How difficult is it to form a pinball league? And with having only four or five pinball tables, is that enough to form a small league?

Our pinball experience is just enjoying playing the games. I've owned several over the years, have never played in any leagues or anything like that. They are fun to play, and when we have friends over, the games are always going. This will be our first time having them available for public play.

Any comments, suggestions or advice is welcome. Thank you in advance!

#2 3 years ago

I am from Maine and was supriesd and happy to see your post.
1. You have No Good Gophers already, so go by which game is best to play and earner rather than golf themes. Teed Off is not a good game. Crane machines do really well I heard, but you need enough kids to come through though.

2. Rotate games out that don't earn. South Park is a good one and legend has it that it is a home run on location. Newer TWD and ST do well, so I hear. I hear games like Demolition Man do well also.

3. On a league I would try to reach out to some local pin players and say you will support the players if they come and play there. Have them do the rules and scoring, not you.

Maybe contact a guy named John Reuter out of Gorham. I never met him, but heard he is a staple of pinball in Maine. He has tons of games also and may want to route them. Tell him what you are looking to do and maybe he can help. Disclosure - not sure of this info though, but people in Maine are pretty nice and helpful usually.

#3 3 years ago

i have a South Park for sale at great price.
ready to pack & ship to you.
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#4 3 years ago

Are you going to need a permit to have them in your business?

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#5 3 years ago
Quoted from MustangPaul:

Are you going to need a permit to have them in your business?

You were correct on the permit. $15 for the year, no limit on the number of games. Thank you for the heads-up on this. I would not have thought I needed one.

#6 3 years ago

I disagree that Tee'd Off is not a good pin. I have had one for a year and enjoy it thoroughly. Pin die-hards get down on it, but for amateur players, i.e. people coming in and out of a golf shop, I think they would enjoy it. It's easy to pick up the rules and play, and challenging enough to keep them coming back. The gopher dances and taunts players throughout the round, it's pretty funny. Full disclosure, i am selling one currently, but not in your market so I'm being objective. I'm in CT.

#7 3 years ago
Quoted from PinNewb:

but for amateur players, i.e. people coming in and out of a golf shop, I think they would enjoy it...

Good point.

#8 3 years ago

William's Mini Golf. I would think you'd HAVE to have one.

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