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VILLAGE OF GERMANTOWN – Winter golfing will soon become a reality in Germantown — with no snow boots or heavy coats required. 

Twin brothers Ryan and Daniel Hughes plan to open Stix Golf Entertainment, a bar with golf simulators and a putting green, in early February, if everything goes according to plan. 

The 5,000-square-foot bar at W164 N11271 Squire Drive would have three simulators and a hitting bank, Ryan Hughes said. A golf pro would be on hand for lessons.

Staff would serve beer and wine, as well as appetizers and pizza, Hughes said. 

Golf simulation bars are popular in southern states where temperatures get too high for golfers to brave hours in the beating sun, and Hughes said he thinks the concept could take off where temperatures get too low to hit the links in winter.

“They haven’t really gotten up here,” he said. “They’re really popular down in Southern California, Arizona and Texas because, when it gets really hot, people don’t want to go outside and golf.

“They are definitely more popular and more prevalent in the more extreme climates.”

The golf simulators are made by Full Swing Golf, which makes “the most realistic simulators on the market,” Hughes said.

The simulators use high-speed cameras and infrared light waves to track everything from club head data to ball flight, including spin and angle of the ball’s trajectory, according to the company’s website. 

Golfers can play 85 championship courses from around the world and arcade-style golf games, such as blackjack and a window-breaking game that tests golfers’ accuracy, Hughes said. 

The brothers said they plan to charge $30 per person per hour, $45 per person for two hours and $60 per person per three hours. Two people can play 18 holes in one hour, and four people can play 18 in two hours, they said. 

Hughes said he plans to open the bar Feb. 1.

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