Spokane Journal of Business

Swing Lounge to open in downtown’s BofA Building

Venue will have six bays of virtual golf, bar, kitchen

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-Karina Elias
Swing Lounge co-owner Alex Tibbits demonstrates the company’s virtual golf system at its Spokane Valley location.

Swing Lounge LLC, a Spokane Valley-based indoor virtual golf venue, will open a second location on the main floor of the Bank of America building, at 601 W. Riverside downtown, say owners Rachel and Alex Tibbits.

“We see a really good partnership in that building,” says Rachel Tibbits. “Just people taking a break throughout the day to come down and play golf or bring their clients down.”

Renovations on the 6,000-square-foot space began in mid-October and are expected to be completed in about eight weeks, she says.

Swing Lounge’s contractor on the project is Spokane Valley-based Rosier Construction LLC, which is working in collaboration with Mead-based FV Contracting LLC, Tibbits says.

The couple say the new Swing Lounge location also will include a bar in the building’s lobby and a full-service kitchen. They estimate to hire about a dozen people to staff the downtown location. 

Swing Lounge was represented in the lease negotiations by Dan Cantu, of Spokane-based Cantu Commercial Properties LLC. The listing agents were Michael Sharapata and Jared Smith, of the Spokane office of commercial real estate company JLL, Tibbits says.

The couple established Swing Lounge in January 2022. Avid golfers who played as much as five times a week after work, the couple talked about opening a virtual indoor golf location for years, she says. They opened the first Swing Lounge in a 4,000-square-foot space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park at 3808 N. Sullivan Road, in Building N-15.

The couple and their daughter, Amanda, are the company’s only employees at this time.

The Valley location has four golf bays powered by Trackman Golf Simulator technology. The Bank of America location will include six golf bays, which also will use Trackman.

Swing Lounge has fall, winter, and spring leagues and is open seven days a week in the peak winter season. It has a short league in the summer, when it is closed on Sundays.

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Reporter Karina Elias covers the banking and finance industry. A California native, she attended the University of California at Santa Barbara. Karina loves salsa dancing, traveling, baking, cuddling with her dog, and writing creative fiction and non-fiction.  

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