Hey, Spike! enjoys round of wintertime golf at The Clubhouse | SummitDaily.com

Hey, Spike! enjoys round of wintertime golf at The Clubhouse

You can now play golf year-round in Summit County — head right over to The Clubhouse in Frisco Centre.

Located in the modernized Frisco Mall, The Clubhouse is next door to the old Jonny G's, overlooking Main Street, offering large south-facing window views of the Tenmile range.

Friscoites Jeff and Kari Davis' second floor bar and restaurant features a state-of-the-art $70,000 golf simulator. The electronic device offers play on many of the world's finest courses, and a wide range of games.

The simulator screen measures an expansive 16.6 x 20.6 feet. A full description is found at http://www.fullswinggolf.com

"We offer 93 courses including some of the world's most famous golf venues, like California's Pebble Beach and Torrey Pines, and Scotland's St. Andrews, birthplace of the sport," Jeff explains.

"Golf can be a frustrating game regardless of skill level, but with the simulator I can tailor the experience to fit a variety of skill levels — chipping, putting and closest-to-the-hole contests, driving range, lessons, or an 18-hole round," he explains.

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"The simulator can also be rented for sporting events," he notes. "I have a group that plans on renting it out for an upcoming Broncos game."

Assisting in developing The Clubhouse was Kelly Foote of nearby Foote's Rest, a close friend — and fellow golfer — who encouraged Jeff to open the bar and has been instrumental in getting it open.

"I wouldn't be open yet if it wasn't for all of his hard work and support," says Jeff, a former Cleveland Indians pitcher out of the University of Kansas, whose career was cut short by an arm injury.

The well-appointed golf lounge, with fireplace and pool table, offers a complete bar and restaurant specializing in a small plate menu.

Andy and Heidi Jarski's Mountain Comfort Furnishings selections present an elegant decor. Summit Stoneworks did the countertops and Frisco Fireplace installed the gas-fired living room centerpiece.

"I wanted to give Summit County residents and tourists the option of an upscale cocktail lounge," says Jeff. "Although the golf simulator has already become very popular, my focus has always been on creating a relaxing, inviting and upscale environment for people to enjoy."

"Our menu includes tasty small plates including sliders, flatbreads, and paninis," says Jeff. "Eventually, we will develop a limited breakfast menu on Saturdays and Sundays so people can take in our amazing views with their coffee."

A few of Jeff's tasty favorites: Pig and Fig Flatbread (spiced fig spread over soft flatbread, warmed, and topped with bacon chunks and goat cheese); meatball sliders served on a pretzel bun, and BBQ pulled-pork sliders.

The Clubhouse hours are now 3 p.m. to late night, with an 11 a.m. lunch in the works.

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed "Spike," a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former hardrock miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com