Mini golf, driving distance near Howell to see new life, technology

TWP Genoa. A couple of family friends have said they will bring life to the driving range and mini golf course near Howell with a new company, Tap-In’s.

The new owners say that, in the coming months, they will be revamping the driving range, clubhouse, mini-course, installing 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 the Tom Deaton Golf Center and also operated under the name Grand River Golf Range & Putt Putt.

Tap-In owners Cady Martin and the father of his best friend, Matt Bonar, who hail from Heartland Township, say they want to bring a “entertainment focused” golf business to Livingston County.

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

Tap-In co-founder Cady Martin grabs a club from his golf bag near a stretch of green where a new driving range will go, on display Thursday, May 5, 2022.

Tech expert upgrades are coming

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

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

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

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