After the Indianapolis, Ind., property discovered it was a spawning point for hard-to-find Pokémon, it planned an event in which gamers could hunt on the golf course’s premises for $20. The property ultimately canceled the event, in response to complaints from golfers and Pokémon Go players who balked at the cost.
Golf courses have received an abundance of new visitors due to the popularity of Pokémon Go, the virtual reality mobile game that requires users to travel to different locations in order to find and capture Pokémon. Sahm Golf Course in Indianapolis, Ind., recently discovered it was a spawning point for hard-to-find Pokemon like Pikachus and Charmanders, the Indianapolis-based WRTV reported.
As a result, the course staff originally sought out to bridge the gap between golfer and Pokémon Go player, offering a night onto the private golf course’s premises to hunt for Pokémon. The plan would be to shut the first tee down around 5 p.m., allowing the casual Pokemon trainer to follow along the 18 holes in full search mode. This outraged both parties alike, as the golfers would have to clear the course, and Pokemon players would be charged $20, WRTV reported.
Ultimately, the staff at Sahm decided against the event completely through a post on the event’s Facebook page, stating that “We are a GOLF COURSE, and not a pokemon course, and we don’t need to accommodate anyone except our GOLFING COMMUNITY.”
The post continued, declaring a Pokémon-free environment where all golfers should feel comfortable, WRTV reported.
Other golf courses, including Apopka (Fla.) Golf & Tennis at Errol Estate, have struggled with trespassing issues as a result of the game.