New indoor golf league faces setback as roof collapses

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A new indoor golf league backed by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy has run into an unexpected challenge just weeks before its scheduled launch. On Tuesday night, the roof of the Palm Beach Gardens League SoFi Center in Palm Beach, Florida, collapsed due to an apparent power outage. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident, but the air-supported dome sustained significant damage.

It is uncertain if the incident will delay the league’s scheduled Jan. 9 start date. Officials are currently assessing the extent of the damage and exploring repair options.

New indoor golf league faces setback as roof collapses

The SoFi Center, located on the Palm Beach State campus, is a 250,000-square-foot facility designed for the league’s unique format. The facility features a 64 x 46-foot tee simulation screen and a 97 x 50-yard playing surface where golfers can chip and putt on real grass and bunkers.

The league is scheduled to premiere on ESPN on Jan. 9, when six teams will compete in a “triple” alternate stroke play tournament, singles tournament and closest-to-the-pin tournament. Five of the six teams have already been sold to ownership groups, and several notable golfers, including Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Rickie Fowler and Max Homer, have committed to playing alongside McIlroy and Woods side by side.

Despite the roof collapse, league organizers remain optimistic about the future of the league. They are confident that the damaged roof will be repaired in time for the Jan. 9 tee time and that they will be able to deliver an exciting and innovative experience for golf fans.

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