Frank O’Connell, a certified club fitter, can assist customers at X-Golf with the perfect fit for their ability and strength.

The Tanger Outlets are not just about shopping. Tanger 2 now includes a unique entertainment venue. Doug and Kristine Robinson have brought the X-Golf experience to the Bluffton shopping center.

The motto of X-Golf is a fun place where you can “Play, Train, and Entertain.” General manager Ricky Snyder is excited about the new 8,000-square-foot facility. “We have three first-class dimensions that we are proud of, each of which can stand alone – the restaurant, the retail golf store, and of course the golf facility,” he said. 

Chef Joseph Epke manages the full-service restaurant, called The Turn Grill. It has a full menu as well as a fully stocked bar with liquor, excellent wines, and craft beers.

There is also a room that can be rented for parties.

The retail section has many unique items that you might not find in the other golf shops in the area. These include ladies’ and men’s golf attire, fun T-shirts by USAG (U Suck At Golf). There’s a great assortment of animal headcovers and hats and a large variety of golf-themed giftware. 

They even have a section of pickleball items, the fastest growing sport in the United States. And babies haven’t been left out; some great clothing and gift items for the little ones are available.

With Christmas around the corner, this might be an idea for the golfer on your list.

The golf section has six simulators for play, train, and instruction.  Frank O’Connell, head PGA teaching professional and father of four, says it’s a great place to bring the kids. They can play on the simulators which have a special kid’s course with a lot of fun animated holes. Parents can train and play on courses such as Pebble Beach and Harbour Town.

Management suggests that you reserve the simulators online or by phone prior to your visit. X-Golf has clubs to use, at no extra charge, or you can bring your own clubs.

The instruction end of X-Golf has simulators that use V1 software that can measure face-on and down-the-line swings with their two cameras. These simulators can also measure ball speed, spin rate, club path, distance and more. Indoor and outdoor putting greens are available with surface speeds similar to the courses in the area. 

The golf section includes club fitting by Callaway and Cobra.  O’Connell is a certified fitter and can fit you in the proper clubs for your golf ability and strength. He can also assess physical skills using TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) measurements and exercises. 

Do you need club repair to replace shafts and grips? They have that too.

With winter coming, this is a great place to play golf, have fun, shop, and eat at a full-service restaurant – all in one indoor spot. For more information, visit

Dr. Jean Harris is an LPGA Master Professional and teaches at Pinecrest Golf Club.;