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Chelsea Piers Connecticut to host inaugural ZSTRICT Open

Flighted stroke-play tournament to be played on Bethpage Black

(STAMFORD, Conn.) ZSTRICT – the new North American affiliate of GOLFZON and winner of “Best Simulator” by Golf Digest’s Editors’ Choice Awards three years in a row – will host the inaugural ZSTRICT Open at Chelsea Piers Connecticut from Jan. 11 – Feb. 12, 2020.

ZSTRICT represents the next generation of golfers who value affordable, competitive and social golf communities. Powered by GOLFZON, the world leader in golf simulator market share, the first ZSTRICT Open in North America will be a flighted stroke-play tournament staged over the course of one month. Taking place within ZSTRICT’s 11,000 square-foot location at Chelsea Piers Connecticut, the competition will take on New York’s legendary Bethpage Black Course, which recently hosted the 2019 PGA Championship and 2016 FedEx Cup Playoffs (The Barclays).

Within the tournament window of Jan. 11 – Feb. 12, entries are open to everyone, and participants can play as many times as they would like.

Golfers are eligible to compete in one of five flights: Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Those without an official ZSTRICT handicap will be placed into the Diamond Flight. A cash purse of $5,000 will be paid out amongst the flights.

“We are thrilled to tee it up in 2020 with our first ZSTRICT Open at Chelsea Piers Connecticut,” says Tommy Lim, CEO of GOLFZON America. “Golfers in the New York Metropolitan area will love our world-class simulators and ability to compete against their friends in a fun environment.”

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Entrance of ZSTRICT in Stamford, Conn.

While recently playing at Chelsea Piers Connecticut, local golfers Peter Cabrera and James Swagger each won $205 by making eagles on the par-4 9th hole at St. Andrews – Old Course and the par-4 11th hole at Pebble Beach, respectively. Like the ZSTRICT Open, there will be many ways to win cash throughout the year.
“The ZSTRICT Open is perfectly suited for players of all skill levels,” says Ben Mackey, general manager of ZSTRICT. “Our unmatched simulators and handicapped flights will allow guests to have an enjoyable experience no matter the results. This is a great place for individuals, groups and special events to play golf and have some offseason fun.”

Chelsea Piers Connecticut is one of the finest sports and recreational facilities in America. ZSTRICT’s first flagship location offers 10 simulator bays featuring swing plate variable ground settings, multi-surface hitting mats, smart auto tee, intelligent data on ball flight, club speed, posture adjustment and more. With rich graphics, real-time feedback and global connectivity, ZSTRICT’s software produces unmatched course realism. Each venue allows players to compete on 75 real-life golf courses including Pebble Beach, Bethpage Black, The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, St. Andrews and more.


Assistant GM Jacob Howes demonstrates on ZSTRICT’s simulators

Like outdoor facilities, ZSTRICT proudly employs PGA Professionals to help guests with swing lessons, club fittings and other elements of the game. With no membership required, the Chelsea Piers Connecticut venue is a year-round golf destination for improvement, competition, socializing and enjoyment.
More information or to schedule a visit:, 203.717.4050


ZSTRICT – the new North American-branded virtual golf entertainment platform by GOLFZON – offers superior technology, competition and fun for all. ZSTRICT represents the next generation of golfers who understand value in affordable, competitive and social golf communities.

Founded in 2000 in South Korea, GOLFZON has been named “Best Simulator” by Golf Digest’s Editors’ Choice Awards from 2017 – 2019. More than 57 million rounds are played on GOLFZON simulators in 46 countries annually. Having earned the largest industry market share, ZSTRICT’s first U.S. venue serves as a shining model for future growth across North America.

Dan Wooters
Buffalo Agency