Patchogue ZBA Approves Permit for Birdies, Golf and Drinking Experience

Those looking for more recreational options in Patchogue Village will likely soon be able to hit a bucket of balls at Birdie’s.

On Tuesday evening, members of the Patchogue Zoning Appeals Board unanimously approved a multi-use permit for the two-story golf simulator and bar coming to 17 North Ocean Avenue, a short walk north of the intersection of Four Corners with Main Street.

Site plans call for six simulators in total, five upstairs and one downstairs (for ADA compliance).

Communal seating for drinking and mingling is also provided on the ground floor.

There, customers can order specialty cocktails, wine and beer from local breweries, as well as meats and cheeses, depending on the offering.

Upstairs, each simulator will be located in a private sitting area with a 60-inch screen TV.

Customers will hit real golf balls with real golf clubs, aimed at 4K projection screens. The screens use data to calculate the direction and distance of each shot sent to them.

Golfers can play virtual projections of over 150 real-world courses, try their long game on the driving range, or practice their putt.

The site will provide a family golf environment for people of all skill levels, according to a company representative who spoke at a ZBA meeting in May.

Birdie’s will also offer league opportunities, lessons and club fittings for people of all ages.

While the business model is subject to change, the rep explained that owners plan for various experiences on different days and time slots.

They offer “early Birdies” or practice sessions at 6 a.m. on select weekdays for those looking to hit a few balls before the workday starts, with senior-only midday hours and evenings between ladies.

Birdies won’t have a full kitchen, but the rep told the ZBA last month that the entertainment destination plans to house food trucks on-site. These food trucks will be parked in the back lot of Birdies, which will also include a 1,500 square foot beer garden.

The representative also noted that the owners will turn some of the grounds into an outdoor waiting area with garden games such as cornhole to keep people busy while they wait their turn on one of the simulators.

ZBA members raised concerns at the May meeting that golf clubs and cocktails are not a safe match for a family establishment.

The representative assured the ZBA that the clubs would never leave the simulation area of ​​each game. Although guests are permitted to bring their own clubs, they will be seized at the door and taken to the guest-assigned simulator, sequestered when the guest is finished driving, and returned upon exiting the building.

While Tuesday’s developments are a step forward, the upcoming attraction is still awaiting site plan approvals by the village planning board. Birdies submitted updated plans to the Planning Board last week and will seek Board approval at next Tuesday’s meeting.

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