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New owners take charge of Full Swing

Their indoor golf simulators give a warm reprieve in the coldest of months

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A downtown business that is part sports bar, part indoor golf course will reopen next week under new ownership.

John Munson, vice president and chief financial officer for St. Anthony Regional Hospital, will operate Full Swing in Westgate Mall with the help of his family: wife Jennifer, who is board president of Carroll Community School District, and children Drew and Abby.

“We were customers,” Munson said of the business under its previous owners. “My son and I would go all the time.”

John and Drew are avid golfers. John said he has a handicap of about 9 and Drew is about 5 and a varsity golfer for Carroll High School.

They keep their games sharp in the offseason at Full Swing.

“Obviously, in real life you’re out in nature, but it does do a good job of stimulating the distance and gives good feedback on club path,” John Munson said of Full Swing’s two golf simulators.

The simulators have all sorts of sensors that detect distances, launch angles, backspin, club speed, etc. They have dozens of real, world-famous courses to play.

Munson doesn’t plan to make drastic changes to the business, but he wants to emphasize it as a gathering place for private events and professional football broadcasts. He has subscribed to the NFL Sunday Ticket so that all games on Sundays can be displayed on Full Swing’s numerous televisions in its upstairs lounge.

Full Swing is set to officially reopen for the fall and winter season on Oct. 1.

It is open 3 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays.

The simulators cost $40 per hour, regardless of the number of golfers who are playing.

Munson has made it easier to reserve the simulators with an online service at www.fullswingcarroll.com.

Full Swing will, as it has in previous years, offer lessons and club maintenance by Nick Schon.

Full Swing is located at 515 N. Adams St.

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