Greens Indoor Golf at 97 Baker Street in Maplewood hosted a friendly competition between Maplewood Township Committee members and South Orange Board of Trustees on Saturday, March 25 as part of a grand opening celebration. Scott Young, Maplewood resident and former PGA Pro, moderated.
Greens is a golf simulator that offers golfers the ability to choose between a generic course or from 50 famous golf courses worldwide, and hit an actual golf ball at a wall-sized screen. The computer analyzes the direction and speed of the ball using overhead sensors, and shows golfers on the screen where your virtual ball lands.
It’s hard to tell from some of the online shade being thrown, but it looks like South Orange may have — just may have — bested Maplewood.
The Maplewood Township Committee team consisted of Mayor Victor DeLuca, Deputy Mayor Nancy Adams, and Committee members Greg Lembrich and Frank McGehee. The South Orange team consisted of Village President Sheena Collum and Trustee Steve Schnall.
“Enjoyed beating Maplewood on their own turf in a friendly ‘closest to the pin’ competition between the two towns at the grand opening of Greens Indoor Golf & Cafe located at 97 Baker Street,” wrote Collum on her Facebook page. “Trustee Steve Schnall and I took 1st and 2nd on a par 3, 136 yard shot.”
DeLuca retorted, “Don’t believe the posts about South Orange winning on the electronic links — fake sports news.”
Collum also reported that “for Maplewood, Nancy Adams took 3rd (#GirlPower) and Victor De Luca, Frank McGehee, and Greg Lembrich, well… I’ve never seen ‘invalid’ written on a scorecard before but it’s really tough getting the distance of a ball in the water, a whiff and one that got stuck in the corner of the wall.”
Once the trash talking — or is it trash posting? — was done, DeLuca and Collum got serious.
“Congratulations to owners John Profaci and Kim Ventura on what I hope will be a tremendous success,” wrote Collum. “I certainly will be visiting often and encourage our South Orange residents to do so as well.”
From DeLuca, “Congratulations to John Profaci and Kim Ventura on the opening of Greens, an indoor golf video course, and Conscious Fork, a vegan cafe and juice bar, on Baker Street. This was the first joint ribbon cutting by officials from the two towns.”
Maplewood Police also participated in a friendly competition at the grand opening.
Greens shares the space at 97 Baker with Conscious Fork, owned by Nicole Grogan and Kim Gabelmann. Both businesses officially opened on February 23.
Conscious Fork is a vegan cafe and juice bar that offers vegan staples like salads, soups, juices and granola, but also sells sandwiches (including daiya cheddar grilled cheese), bruschetta, nachos (again with daiya cheese), and “Karma Bowls,” which allow a choice of Tex Mex, Indian, or Mediterranean selection over rice or greens. Most of the dishes are available with gluten free, as well — and most menu items cost less than $10. Read more about Conscious Fork and Greens Indoor Golf here.
Greens Indoor Golf and Conscious Fork, 97 Baker St., Maplewood, NJ, 908-378-8366
Open to Gold Members before and after regular hours
Conscious Fork Spring hours:
Eat In/Take Out