In March of 2019, Christensen opened a downtown Sleepy Eye business location for Caleb Christensen Golf Academy and The Golf Project, at 140 1st Avenue North. Christensen has been busy giving indoor golf lessons since. Lessons have varied from group-oriented to individual lessons.
Last year, Caleb Christensen opened up his new golf business in Sleepy Eye. Christensen’s expertise in the game of golf has provided him, and his business, plenty of opportunities in the golf field.
Christensen recently attended a PGA coaching summit in Scottsdale, Arizona. The summit was just one of many opportunities he has been able to take advantage of. Christensen said he learned plenty of different things that he can apply to himself and his clients.
In March of 2019, Christensen opened a downtown Sleepy Eye business location for Caleb Christensen Golf Academy and The Golf Project, at 140 1st Avenue North. Christensen has been busy giving indoor golf lessons since. Lessons have varied from group-oriented to individual lessons. Inside his facility, Christensen has a ProPuttSystems Putting Green and a FlightScope XI monitor. The FlightScope monitor provides Christensen and his golfers the ability to determine carry, total, and roll distance, while also determining speed and landing position. Not only that, but Christensen, with his expertise, helps analyze ball speed as well as launch angle on their swings. Christensen also helps with video analyzation, and teaches how to best change or utilize his golfers’ stance, swing, and positioning.
Christensen hosts a variety of age groups, taking anyone from the age of six on up. He said he has a client that is nearing 86 years old. Christensen also has clients from a variety of areas in the state of Minnesota. He currently is offering indoor lessons for clients from Fairmont to Chaska to Mankato and back to Sleepy Eye. Since 2018, Christensen’s golf business has grown 15 times what it was when he first began. In 2019 is when everything took off with the Caleb Christensen Golf Academy and The Golf Project.
In 2019, from March to December, Christensen hosted approximately 375 clients. He projects by mid-May of 2020 he will have reached that total already for this year.
“Word of mouth is my best advertisement,” Christensen said. He said he gets a few sign ups through his business Instagram and Twitter accounts, as well.
Last year Christensen debuted The Golf Project at his business. “The Golf Project is more of the ‘fun side’ of the business,” he said.
The Golf Project has an indoor golf simulator, that allows a group of up to four people to choose between eight golf courses to golf on. Christensen’s SkyTrak golf simulator is equipped with Creative Golf Software. When the player hits the ball, it simulates on a TV screen how the ball would react to their swing, as if they were golfing outside.
“It’s the next best thing to real golf,” said Christensen. “It’s also a way for people to play winter golf, group play, things like that.”
The Golf Project is an indoor golf center where anybody can play golf, practice, get lessons to improve their game, or host a private event — 12 months of the year. “It’s never closed for weather,” Christensen said.
The Golf Project also has a magazine that publishes every other month and is available at various shops around the area, including Sleepy Eye Coffee Company, and area golf courses. The .pdf version of the magazine is also available at www.thegolfprojectmn.com.
In addition to indoor The Golf Project, Christensen maintains his schedule with the Caleb Christensen Golf Academy. The golf academy offers lessons and private coaching, plus group events, high school golf prep, and summer programs for youth.
Christensen is also a certified club fitter with Mizuno. Mizuno is one of the more prominent golf club providers in the country.
Outside of Sleepy Eye, you will also see Christensen giving outdoor lessons at the Country Club in New Ulm and occasionally at North Links Golf Course in Mankato.
Christensen is happy to be able to base his business in Sleepy Eye, where he was born and raised, and looks forward to the future. Christensen said he always has to be learning and on his toes, as an instructor while also maintaining two sides of the business.
“Being an instructor is being a student,” he said. “You always have to be willing to learn. You have to be willing to keep growing and to keep learning.”
To reserve times, or your private event, at The Golf Project, contact Christensen via e-mail at email@example.com or visit The Golf Project website. To inquire about lessons, check out www.calebchristensengolf.com