MORE THAN A COMPANY
IT’S A FAMILY THING
GOLFIN – GOLF SIMULATOR MANUFACTURER
GolfIn is more than a Canadian golf simulator manufacturer of high-end configurations; it’s a team of golf enthusiasts and professionals who invest their time and energy developing products with uncompromising realism.
GolfIn is also a family-owned business. Carl, now president, first started the company in 2005 alongside his father Gilles. Later on, his two brothers Steve and Tony joined him as shareholders and as directors of production and IT respectively. The Fortin brothers are the three cornerstones of the company and exemplify what GolfIn is all about: passion, hard work and innovation.
In less than fifteen years, GolfIn has ambitiously carved out a place in the market for the manufacture and installation of golf simulators and continuously strives to keep growing. Discover the story of this passionate family business!
HOW did we become A GOLF SIMULATOR MANUFACTURER?
The Fortin brothers create the first version of an indoor golf simulator.
Carl Fortin and his father, Gilles, create GolfIn with the idea of becoming a golf simulator manufacturer.
GolfIn focuses their efforts on golf simulator sales.
GolfIn moves to a 5,750 square foot facility. In addition to a golf simulator R&D and a manufacturing room, a testing room is created to evaluate ball flight, ball data, swing analysis, launch angle, our high-speed camera and the tracking system.
Zone GolfIn are opening up locations across Quebec and Ontario allowing merchants to offer their customers a superior golf simulator experience.
GolfIn expands its premises for a fifth time in as many years. The company now has 10,000 square feet to meet the manufacturing demand for golf simulators. Gilles’ son & Carl’s brother, Steve Fortin, invests in shares and joins the team as the Director of Production.
Tony, Carl’s and Steve’s brother, also joins GolfIn and invests in shares. As the IT and R&D Director, Tony takes in charge the development of GolfIn own camera: IDRA
GolfIn moves to a 20,000 square foot facility with a brand-new showroom, a R&D center and an increased capacity of production.
THE FORTIN BROTHERS,
THE 3 CORNERSTONES OF GOLFIN
Founder, shareholder, president and CPGA
Carl has been involved in the golf world for a long time, way before the creation of the company. Indeed, he has been playing since the age of 7 and later on working in golf courses as a groundskeeper and afterwards as a professional.
He is a golf enthusiast with the mind of an entrepreneur, no wonder he got the idea to become a golf simulator manufacturer and create GolfIn with his father in 2005. He is always one step ahead to try to take the golf experience to the next step.
Shareholder and production director
Steve joined GolfIn in 2016 as the Director of Production. Highly manual and having a solid technical knowledge, his expertise helped to improve the efficiency of the golf simulator production as well as improving the quality of the final product.
He is in charge of all production operations and installation teams.
IT and Development & Research Director
Tony, on his end, joined his two brothers Carl and Steve in 2019. After a long career in technology and computer science, Tony comes to GolfIn with the knowledge and expertise to realize something GolfIn has been meaning to do for a long time: create its own tracking technology.
4 years in the making, the IDRA camera is on the market and a lot of it has been possible thanks to his dedicated work.
A LARGER FACILITY FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF
With the objective of being able to meet the increasing demand for golf simulators and continually improve the product, GolfIn doubled the size of its original plant and moved to a 20,000 facility in the industrial district of Saint-Georges.
The facility is furnished with state of the art equipments and bigger storage spaces to meet the demand of golf simulators. The facility also has its own research and development center to create and test new innovations as well as a unique showroom to welcome clients.