Miniature golf, driving range near Howell to see new life, tech

GENOA TWP. – A pair of family friends say they will bring life back to a driving range and miniature golf course near Howell with a new business, Tap-In’s. 

The new owners say, in the coming months, they will revamp the driving range, clubhouse and miniature course, and install golf simulators and smart technology. 

Tap-In’s is located on the site of a former golf business, at 4444. E. Grand River Ave. in Genoa Township, which has been closed for several years. It was originally Tom Deaton’s Golf Center and also operated as Grand River Golf Range & Putt Putt.

Tap-In’s co-owners Cade Martin and his best friend’s father, Matt Bonar, who both hail from Hartland Township, say they wanted to bring an “entertainment-focused” golf business to Livingston County.

“It’s fun for the novice and for the avid golfers,” Bonar said. “That’s what we are trying to attract, the whole family.”

Tap-In's co-founder Cade Martin grabs a club out of his golf bag near a stretch of green where a new driving range will go, shown Thursday, May 5, 2022.

Tech-savvy upgrades coming

Tap-In’s will feature 30 driving range bays on about 16 acres of the 20-acre property. 

The bays will be equipped with TrackMan Range technology and touch screens. They will also be covered and heated. 

“TrackMan Range tracks the ball start to finish, you can play different courses and games, like (who can hit) closest to the pin,” said Martin, who previously worked as a sales representative for TrackMan Golf.

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