How to Survive the Golf-Unfriendly Weather

Fall is here. The golf season is almost over – soon the weather will not allow us to do anything else but to walk on the rainy streets or sip on a good cup of tea by the fire. When there is no way to go out and play our favorite games we have to find an alternative to our outings in the green. Here are a few tips on how you can spend a few valuable hours inside while waiting for the golf season to begin.

One way to keep your spirits high when you can’t go out to play is by playing video games.

Electronic Arts is the game publisher with possibly the biggest coverage of sports. The publisher’s Rory McIlroy PGA Tour, available through the Xbox Live store or the PlayStation Store, takes its players to some of the most popular golf courses of the world. But those who have no desire to try out real life courses can also try their skill in fantasy settings that are unique. The game also boosts the fun of it by adding a series of challenges through its new Night Club feature.

But these games will not satisfy some of the truly passionate players. These players – I have some friends who are like this – consider video games to be just an unworthy substitute for the real thing, so when the golf season ends, they like to kill their time with other activities. A hobby preferred by a surprisingly high number of my golfer friends is playing the world class casino tournaments Royal Vegas has to offer.

The games available at the Royal Vegas offer something unique – you can play them on many platforms. In full season you can take them with you on the golf course, using your smartphone, and play on while your mates drive around in the golf cart getting to the next hole. You can engage in an exciting tournament while you wait for your turn. And you can kill time playing one of the hundreds of games the Royal Vegas has to offer while waiting for the weather to allow you to put on your golf shoes and go out playing once again.

Whichever your choice would be to fill the empty hours until late march, when you can once again take a swing outdoors, know this – fall passes quickly, winter goes by, and the new season will begin sooner than you can imagine. Keep your clubs tidy and your shoes in a good condition – you will need them once again, maybe sooner than you can imagine.

Indoor Golf Simulators Help through the Cold Winter Months

With extreme weather conditions over the past few weeks, keen golfers satisfy their thirst to play golf while practising their armoury of shots at driving ranges up and down the country. But driving ranges can be run-down, cold and miserable places.

A few years ago while on a family holiday at Center Parcs, I first encountered a golf simulator.  Playing shots into a large screen projecting a selection of the most famous courses in the world, we spent a couple of, not too serious, hours hitting balls all over the famous Gleneagles course.  But golf simulators can also be used in a more serious capacity to improve the game of any keen amateur golfer. No need for bobble hats and gloves. Golfers can stay indoors in the warm, away from the snow and ice.

Close to my local golf course in Gillingham Kent is the sports and social club 44Two run by two former Gillingham professional footballers Nicky Southall & Andy Hessenthaler. They have recently had the foresight to transform one of the squash courts into a golf simulator capsule.

The new Sports Coach System golf simulator at the 44Two Sports & Social Club in Gillingham, Kent.
The new Sports Coach System golf simulator at 44Two in Gillingham, Kent.

The Sports Coach System is rigged up in what can be best described as an open faced tent, complete with audio, lights, cameras and a heater to boot!

The golf simulator not only allows you to pit your wits around a library of world class courses such as Wentworth, Celtic Manor, Valhalla and Pebble Beach but can also be used in various practise modes such as driving range and putting greens.

Various competitions can also be included, just like a real day out, including ‘nearest the pin’ and ‘longest drive’. But a round of golf is the best way to enjoy this amazing software. Choosing the course you wish to play is just the start.  Courses are recommended for beginners through to experts depending on difficulty levels.  But who can resist a round at Pebble Beach?

Before the first swing you will need to go through a series of easy-to-follow steps to set up each player as right or left-handed, player handicaps and the type of game.  Furthermore, you can set the weather condition to sunny, wet, windy or randomise.

As a two-ball, we managed to complete the front nine holes within an hour  So booking two hours for a two-ball round of golf should give you plenty of time, as we took at least ten minutes getting into the swing of things – pardon the pun!

Player details & history can be saved.  So returning players do not have to add their details again, and games can be split over several sessions if so desired. The golf simulator is amazingly accurate.  If you push or pull your shots out on the golf course then the Sports Coach System golf simulator will give an accurate simulation.  The only issue I would raise is the putting. It takes a little getting used to calculating the strength of each shot, especially where inclines and declines of the greens are concerned as you need to take into consideration the length of shot to screen as well as screen to hole.

The new Sports Coach System golf simulator at the 44Two sports & social club costs £20 per hour.  The only warning I would give is that this is so good, you will want to play over and again.

To book the new Sports Coach System golf simulator at the 44Two Sport & Social Club in Gillingham, Kent call Nicky or Gary on 01634 388 706 or email nicky@44two.net.

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Play Rory McIlroy in Oakley’s Interactive Video

Oakley You vs Rory McIlroy
Oakley You vs Rory McIlroy

After finishing joint third in today’s WGC Champions tournament in Shanghai, Rory McIlroy will be officially unveiled as golf’s world number 2 tomorrow.

Oakley are offering you the chance to play a round of golf against the current US Open golf champion, Rory McIlroy in the second of a series of great interactive video games.

The video sets scenarios as you play the famous Wentworth golf course. The set questions test your golfing prowess as you weave your way around the course making decisions as to which club to use and where you should be aiming your ball.

The answers you give affect the outcome of the video, which is shot in a realistic point-of-view style.

The video is the second in Oakley’s You Vs. series. The first, ealrier this year offered gamers the opportunity to race against the UK’s hottest cycling property, Mark Cavendish.

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

Taking part in the game is fun enough, but by doing so you can enter Oakley’s exclusive competition too, simply by ‘liking’ the Oakley Facebook page. And if you are so good that you manage to beat Rory McIlroy over 18 holes, then you have the chance to be selected as the lucky winner who gets to meet Rory and have the honour of caddying for him, walking around the Wentworth golf course.

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The You Vs. Rory McIlroy interactive video game is great fun and can be accessed from the dedicated Oakley microsite or the Oakley Europe Facebook page.

Firstly, Like the page, select some Oakley sunglasses to wear, and then start exercising your golf expertise for a chance to win a prize any golf-fan would go crazy for!

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Golf SwingAnalyser now available to Smart Phone users

Everyday Golf Coach Mobile App
Everyday Golf Coach Mobile App

Everyday Golf Coach, the leading golf game improvement app, has introduced a free update for Smart Phone users to download its highly acclaimed SwingAnalyser suite.

The SwingAnalyser – previously only available on the iPad’s Everyday Golf Coach HD version – allows users to upload videos of their own swing and compare them to the model professional, European Tour player David Griffiths; alternatively they can upload videos of some of the world’s most famous golfers like Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

The upgrade cements Everyday Golf Coach’s place as the complete game improvement app. Golfers can now view the 32 easy-to-follow videos and learn key techniques and principles. They can then put these into practice, filming their own swing on their iPhone before checking their progress in the Analysis Suite, which allows users to view their action at four different speeds, frame by frame aided by a number of graphics.

The app covers all aspects of the game, broken down into seven sections looking at the core fundamentals, the swing, balance and timing, ball flight, putting, chipping and on-course challenges. It boasts a wide range of videos, including tee shots, playing from sloping lies, shots from the rough and an array of short game skills, all created with the philosophy of ‘no gloss, no cheap tips, just an expert package that will ultimately improve your game.’

Experienced Hertfordshire-based PGA professional Noel Rousseau, who designed, produced and presents the app, guides users through the SwingAnalyser, showing them things to look out for through the eyes of the professional.

Noel, a PGA professional for 12 years and accomplished coach who has worked with European Tour players, said: “The SwingAnalyser has been a great success on Everyday Golf Coach HD and I have received a lot of positive feedback from users who have been able to learn from the coaching videos and then compare their swings to golf’s top players.

“Now I want to help Smart Phone users benefit from the analysis suite with a free upgrade so they can view their swing, compare it to the professionals’ and, with the help of the coaching videos, become better players.”

Everyday Golf Coach has been downloaded more than 50,000 times on Apple iTunes since its launch, in March 2010, and both iPhone and iPad versions have consistently received five-star ratings and enjoyed glowing customer reviews on the iTunes App Store.

The imminent release of the next generation iPad is set to enhance Everyday Golf Coach HD even further, with the introduction of a built in camera making it much easier for users to record their swings.

The app can be downloaded to Smart Phones for £3.49 or £3.99 for the iPad version.

For further information visit www.everydaygolfcoach.com.

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Have a round on PGA Golf Catalunya Resort with special Winter Packages

10th hole Tour Course
10th hole Tour Course

The PGA Golf Catalunya Resort are offering golfers the chance to claim a free round on the superb Tour Course, venue of the Qualifying School final stage, for every night they stay at the Meliá Golf Vichy Catalán Hotel, just a short walk from the clubhouse.

The special Winter Packages are launched in November with guests being able to upgrade to play the Stadium Course, home of May’s Spanish Open and ranked at number three in the European Top 10 Golf Courses by Golf Monthly. Golfers will be charged an extra 15 euros to experience the thrills of the Stadium Course.

Billy O’Sullivan, CEO of PGA Golf Catalunya Resort, said:

“This is an outstanding opportunity to experience one of Europe’s finest golf resorts and enjoy the Tour Course with our compliments or upgrade to the Stadium Course. Besides the Stadium Course, which is known as one of the best, and one of the most challenging, in Europe, the Tour Course is actually our most popular in terms of play and offers the same quality and style, but is a little more generous tee to green, which makes for a highly enjoyable round.”

Special Offer 1
• €83.50 per person, per night, based on two people sharing a double room (upgrade subject to availability – single use supplement €26/night)
• Includes free day ticket/green fee on PGA Golf Catalunya Tour Course
• €15 supplement per person to play the Stadium Course

Special Offer 2
• €97.50 per person, per night, based on two people sharing a double room (upgrade subject to availability – single use supplement €26/night)
• Includes bed & breakfast
• Free day ticket/green fee on PGA Golf Catalunya Tour Course
• €15 supplement per person to play the Stadium Course

For more information, terms and conditions, visit the PGA Golf Catalunya Resort website.