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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.