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Virtual Golf in New England The New Winter Hang Out? by Greg Sampson

Golf is one of New England’s most popular past times with its rich history and magnificent courses. However, unlike other areas in the country, New Englander’s have to battle the elements along with the rationing of time and expendable income to enjoy the sport they can’t get enough of. Virtual golf simulators have become much more prevalent over the past decade in our region with more than 35 facilities offering 18 holes on courses all over the world regardless of the weather outside. ese facilities enable golf enthusiasts to squeeze in a realistic round of golf when time permits at a reasonable hourly rate providing the opportunity to play golf with your weekend foursome year round and enjoy the camaraderie of this great game. Most of the facilities even offer food, beer and additional entertainment while also supplying PGA professional services such as lessons, club fitting, outings, leagues or retail. ere are several types of simulators with each manufacture using slightly different sensors to recreate the players' shots. Lower budget simulators such as the, OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator by Dancin Dogg Golf starts at under $400 gauging the club’s angle of attack and speed at the point of impact. High budget simulators such as Full Swing Golf ’s Sportsman Model measures/analyzes virtually every piece of data possible, investment is around $50k and is one of the most popular brands in the United States. Both systems however, are capable of recreating any type of swings such as a draw, fade or the occasional shank. Each player’s scores are recorded automatically. e presence of virtual rough, bunkers, and water hazards means that players must take into account each course's unique terrain or incur a penalty stroke. ere are also other modes for additional entertainment and contests such as longest drive or closest to the pin. Golf facilities offering food and drink are finding favor among different types of players for various reasons. e obvious appeal is being able to play in any weather with friends or in a league. Furthermore, unlike regular golf, virtual golf provides for increased so-

cializing because players don’t waste time walking alone looking for wayward shots. e availability of food, beer and other beverages helps to create a 19th hole type atmosphere and opens the door for corporate outings or bachelor parties. anks to the many facilities in New England and the number of avid golfers in our region, virtual golf is here to stay. So New England golfers go ahead; play, eat, drink and be merry all season long at an Indoor Golf Facility near you.

MASSACHUSETTS VIRTUAL GOLF LOCATIONS: Big Sticks Golf – Burlington, MA aboutGolf Simulator, 30 courses, Public Play, Practice, Lessons w/ 2 Videos Bays, $40/hr. Weekdays & $50/hr. after 5pm Weekdays & Weekends. 781-229-2269 www.bigsticksgolf.com Broken Tee Virtual Golf Club – Lakeville, MA Full Swing Golf Simulators (3), 38 Courses, Public Play, Leagues, Food, Beer, TV’s, Golf/Gym Memberships and Taylor Made retail. $30/hr. Weekdays & $35/hr. Weekends. 508-923-4653 www.thebrokentee.com Groton Indoor Country Club – Groton, MA Dead Solid Golf Simulators (2), 32 Courses, Public Play, Leagues, Multi-Play Discounts, Food, Full Bar, TV, Lessons, Club Fitting. $20/18 Holes on Weekdays & $25/18 Holes on Weekends. 978-448-2564 www.grotoncountryclub.com King of Swing – Revere, MA aboutGolf Simulators (2), P3 Pro Swing Simulators (2), 28 Courses, Public Play, Leagues, Memberships, TV, Lessons, Club Fitting, Club Repair & Retail. $30/hr. Weekdays & $40/hr. Weekends. 781-284-6100 www.kingofswinggolf.com

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New England Golf Monthly - September/October 2010  

Fall Golf in New England, Home on the Course-The Landings, The Deutsche Bank Championship, Golf Real Estate, Virual Golf in New England, Mus...

New England Golf Monthly - September/October 2010  

Fall Golf in New England, Home on the Course-The Landings, The Deutsche Bank Championship, Golf Real Estate, Virual Golf in New England, Mus...

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