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Par Five: A family business

In a large building off of Main Street in Old Town Pocatello, Dane Simmons Jr. and Dane H. Simmons Sr. are running businesses. Some together and some apart.

The father and son began working together when Dane Jr. opened Par Five Indoor Golf. Dane Jr., a former ISU football player and a full-time surgical representative, needed some help running the golf business, so he called his dad.

Dane Sr., who was living in Los Angeles at the time, packed up all of his things, sold his house and moved out to Pocatello within three months of getting the call.

Now, “Pop” runs Par Five while Dane spends most his time in the operating room.

It’s a connection that has only made their bond stronger, as they book up tee times and fill conference rooms.

The interesting part of it all is that golf was never really a part of either’s life.

Dane Jr., tired of writing papers in college, petitioned his professor to allow him to create a business instead.

The idea had been shelved for years when Simmons purchased a building in Old Town and saw a real chance to make it happen.

While Par Five currently only has one simulator, a state of the art HD Golf system, the company goals are much larger.

A bigger space with more simulators, integrated with a restaurant, is something both have in mind.

But for now, the focus is on what they have. And with the nearing winter, the duo is excited to bring golfers inside and wow them with their facility.

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