Disc throwing enthusiasts at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park now are stocking up on “fly gear to elevate their game” before hitting one of the park’s two 18 hole courses, thanks to a new automated “proshop” placed in the park.
The first-of-its-kind vending machine from Omaha-based TeeBoxx is stocked with new discs from leading manufacturers like Innova and Discraft. The inventory provides gear for three unique disc sports — disc golf, free style and ultimate — all of which can be purchased on the spot by players with a credit card.
Local player, disc golf course builder and parks advocate George Alvarez stepped up to the shiny new TeeBoxx with credit card in hand recently, selecting Innova Echo Star for $17.99 Alvarez said he is excited to help TeeBoxx launch here in Miami, because disc sports are a positive development for the parks and the community.
Disc sports, and disc golf in particular, have been growing at a rapid pace for more than a decade. Today, there are more than 3,000 disc golf courses in the United States and 3,000 more in countries around the world.
“Our TeeBoxx helps introduce people to the sport, so the gear in our machines is geared to beginners and intermediate players,” said Aaron Martin, TeeBoxx cofounder and chief marketing officer.
Martin said the company’s business model is one of private-public partnerships.
“We have a deep interest in helping to fund and resurrect public parks,” Martin said. “There’s self-interest here, in that these parks are literally our fields of play, but it’s bigger than disc sports. It’s about getting people to move and have fun.”
Customers can purchase disc sports equipment and learn more about disc golf, freestyle and ultimate at www.TeeBoxx.com.