The Iron Tee Golf facility will feature a three-story driving range with 58 heated bays and many more modern amenities and activities.
BETTENDORF, Iowa — A $50 million golf entertainment center is coming to Bettendorf.
The developers inaugurated on Wednesday October 19 the Iron Tee Golf facilities, which will be located east of the TBK Bank Sports Complex.
40 acres of land have been cleared near the intersection of Middle Road and Forest Grove Drive for the complex.
The main development is a driving range with 58 air-conditioned stations, seating and televisions.
The complex will not only include a bar, restaurant, arcade and mini-golf, but also the “Hyperdeck VR” experience, which will use wind, temperature and moving floor platforms with VR technology.
In addition to all this, four “multi-grass” sports fields will be built.
The project is the vision of Ryan Hintze, owner of Corn Belt Capital, a business development company.
“I was in my kitchen on a Sunday – I’m like, ‘Man, I wish I could play golf right now,'” Hintze said. “So I searched the internet and found a smaller golf course. I was like, ‘why can’t we have one here in the Quad Cities?’ This is obvious with TBK.
The city of Bettendorf is improving roads and utilities in the area to support the project, including several roundabouts, sewers and water pipes.
“A facility like this certainly helps tourism – and one of the main things we’re looking for is workers, right?” said Bettendorf Mayor Bob Gallagher. “I think we have a people problem – we need people to move here. And you’re much more apt to move to a place you’ve been to, found the people like us here in the awesome Quad Cities, a weak cost of living and great gear like this.
The Iron Tee Golf Resort will also partner with First Tee Quad Cities, an organization that offers youth golf programs.
“Like our other program sites, this facility will also have a large First Tee classroom, where kids will learn all the ins and outs of golf,” said Sara McLaughlin-Cross, General Manager of First Tee Quad Cities. “But more importantly, we will instill confidence in them – to develop their character and life skills.
The facility is “Phase Two” of the development of the TBK Bank Sports Complex. Future phases will include a large pedestrian bridge connecting the sports complex.
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Additionally, the City of Bettendorf is also working with the Iowa Department of Transportation on a $48 million redevelopment of the I-80 interchange with Middle Road.
City officials say the improvement won’t even begin construction until 2026.
The developers hope to complete Iron Tee Golf by the end of 2023.
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