I had a great time last week checking out FlyingTee, Tulsa/Jenks’ new driving range, entertainment, and dining venue during its Grand Opening. Even though I’m not a golfer AT ALL, I actually left thinking, “I’ll be back here.”
Let me explain. Yes, FlyingTee has the typical driving range that you’ll find plenty of other places. However, their driving range is equipped with all the latest technology bells and whistles, James Vollbrecht, co-founder and chief technology officer, explained to me. This means that even if you’re awful at golf, like me, you could play against Tiger Woods and end up winning. The computers in the bay area allow you to enter your skill level, so I can still play against the pros at my beginner level, and the technology will evaluate us individually according to our skill levels.
The technology in the bays also has plenty for the pros, offering the industry’s most advanced golf ball tracking technology to get real-time data on every single swing. You can even play pro courses like Pebble Beach through the technology. FlyingTee also has five instructors on staff who will help you constantly improve your game.
While many of the players in the bays are simply practicing their range, other players come out for the entertainment aspect the technology offers. James showed me how you can play a number of different games, such as Blackjack, 21, Horse/Pig, and Darts. If you bring kids, they can still play even if all they can do is putt! These games are perfect for golfers of all levels, and fun, too!
Aside from the games, Flying Tee is also a place to head for food. The venue offers three different restaurants! The Sports Bar on the first level is a great place to catch a game thanks to 16-foot wall of TVs. They also have a huge sports ticker running across the ceiling. Some of the food highlights in The Sports Bar are shrimp tacos, seared tuna salad, a variety of pizzas, and chicken wings. Folks playing in the bays can also order off The Sports Bar menu and have it delivered out to their bay.
The second floor restaurant is Ironwood, featuring a massive rotisserie grill. This is THE place to get meat and veggies skewered rotisserie-style. We’re talking rack of pork, yukon gold mashed potatoes, and grilled asparagus, for example. YUM! Other highlights in Ironwood include a Prime Rib Sandwich and Salmon Salad. Ironwood also offers a nice outdoor patio that overlooks the Arkansas River.
The third floor restaurant is Flite, and it is exclusively opened on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. It offers small “flights” of food, like the Crab Flight: Crab salad, naan bread, tzatziki sauce, romaine, carrot and daikon salad and Duck Two Ways: cast iron seared duck breast served with hoisin, green onion, maple shallot bacon, wonton and spring roll chips. Sounds exquisite!
James also pointed out that all of the menus at FlyingTee offer gluten free options, such as GF chicken wings, GF fried okra, and GF French fries.
FlyingTee is not part of a chain. It is locally owned and operated. James said they do hope to expand to more locations over time.
Personally, I think FlyingTee is a great addition to the Jenks Riverwalk. That area has been struggling over the last few years, and it’s likely that FlyingTee will breathe new life into it. Welcome to Tulsa, FlyingTee!