Fall is here and it is now time to plan the next half of your season. New England has reached what we like to call the Indoor Golf Season. We can all play this great game on some of the best courses in the world, practice on the range, take a series of video golf lessons, work out with a Certified Golf Fitness professional and get properly fit for brand new 2012 equipment all in the same indoor facility. The best part about indoor golf facilities is that leagues and tournaments are very popular so we can still enjoy a sandwich and a cold one after our round. Finally, indoor golf simulators make for a wonderful family or couples day, as the pressures of the rules and pace of play are not as important. How many of you have ever done any of these standard outdoor golf tasks on an indoor golf simulator or at an indoor facility? How many of you can name an indoor golf facility that your foursome, group or league has frequented during the Indoor Golf Season?
New England Golf Monthly is here this Indoor Golf Season to provide you with technology from aboutGolf PGA Tour Simulators, profiles of almost all the indoor golf facilities in New England and even some suggested training aids to use virtually anywhere indoors. Don’t miss next issues, My Golf Space: Turn A Space in Your Home, Office or Golf Facility into an Indoor Golf Haven!
When it comes to golf simulators, the saying fits: “You’ve come a long way, baby.” Golf simulators have now reached a status as not only an effective means for both enjoying and improving your game, but arguably the most effective means. Homeowners are increasingly installing golf simulators as part of game rooms and home theaters, simulators have become a must for golf retailers and their existence is accelerating the presence of golf academies and has created an entirely new business sector known as indoor golf centers. As well, golf courses are realizing the opportunity for generating revenue through the use of simulators in the off-season and evenings. Even World No. 1 Luke Donald owns a simulator. One of the companies leading the growth of the simulator industry and pushing innovation of golf performance products is aboutGolf, based in Maumee, Ohio. You see their PGA TOUR Simulator on Golf Channel programming, including The Golf Fix with Michael Breed.
aboutGolf offers scalable golf solutions to meet many needs through a variety of product offerings. From their full-scale simulators, with both singlescreen and three-screen options, to performance hitting bays and standalone or integrated teaching modules, aboutGolf has a package for seemingly endless applications of immersive play experiences. “We are dedicated to developing and applying innovative, state-of-the-art technology to enhance and improve the game for golfers at every level,” says Bob Ryan, Chairman and CEO of aboutGolf. Perhaps its most well-known product is aboutGolf’s SimSurround, a three-screen simulator that fills nearly all your peripheral vision with course environments. Add in aboutGolf’s more than 50 courses, including the exclusive TPC Collection, as well as options for voice activation, 3D and sound enhancements, including announcer modes and crowd reactions – and you’ve got some very jealous buddies.
All of aboutGolf ’s products are equipped with its proprietary 3Trak technology. 3Trak is the 3D, highspeed, machine vision system that provides ball and club data. It is this technology and aboutGolf ’s dedication to new product advancement that has led to relationships with PGA TOUR, Golf Channel, European Tour and World No. 1 Luke Donald. “Simulators offer so many benefits to the game of golf,” says aboutGolf President Chuck Faust. “They break down barriers to the game. Such as time, weather, access and intimidation, specifically in the case of women and beginners.”And they are gaining traction. In Asia, more than 15 million rounds of “screen golf” are played each year. The access to and cost of golf in many parts of Asia prevent a significant portion of the golfing population from engaging with the game in its traditional fashion. And indoor golf in the United States is growing as well. But, with the increased focus on custom fit equipment, simulators are also popping up in golf retail shops and teaching facilities across the globe. Randy Henry, founder of Henry-Griffitts, and arguably the father of custom club fitting, says while he initially thought the idea of fitting a golf club indoors was ridiculous, he now believes there is no better environment for fitting and teaching. He has an aboutGolf SimSurround at the Randy Henry Dynamic Swing Center, his teaching facility in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
The future for golf simulators and related golf performance technology is ripe with potential, thanks to companies like aboutGolf. With an already diverse group of products, including PGA TOUR Simulators, aG Studio launch monitor, 50 courses and multiple range venues, Peform Pro analysis software, aG Flix video analysis system, aG Balance Pro dual-force place weight transfer analysis system, voice activation, 3D, enhanced sound modules, aG Control multiple simulator management software and more, about- Golf plans to continue the release of new products and features.
“The potential for both aboutGolf and the golf community is thrilling,” says Faust. “The partnerships and product development opportunities we are developing will revolutionize the game.” To turn your home into a golf haven or generate revenue, contact aboutGolf ’s Greater New England Area Dealer:
The Broken Tee features three Full Swing Golf Simulators with 38 courses to choose from and various practice modes. We are currently open by appointment however we have scheduled a Special Veterans Day Opening weekend on 11/11/11 to benefit Homes For Our Troops. Public play, Leagues and Tournaments are available. Ask about our Super Shot Program and Floating Leagues which begin on 12/3/11. PGA lessons with Mark Kitchen are available at year round. Single one hour lessons are $55 or a package of 4 one hour lessons for $180. We carry a full line of TaylorMade equipment, we can properly fit you for your next set and there is a gym next door as well. Finally, while watching a game on our big screen TV’s while you play you can enjoy many different kinds of beer and feast on some food. Enjoy this great game this Indoor Golf Season at The Broken Tee Virtual Golf Club. 508-923-4653. TheBrokenTee.com 166 County Road, Lakeville, MA 02347.
The Tour at the South Shore Country Club – the premier winter golfing option on the South Shore – is expanding and adding a third bay this winter. Golfers at The Tour are treated to a state of the art golfing facility that allows them to play upwards of 30 courses from around the world without ever leaving Hingham. The Tour is also a full-service sports bar with pub fare served up by the Greenside Grill and lessons from the SSCC staff are available throughout the winter. Tee Times can be reserved by contacting the SSCC and the facility is also available for private functions – ranging from office parties to birthday parties. 781-749-1747. southshorecc.com 274 South Street, Hingham MA 02043.
An Indoor golf practice, training and instructional facility. Whether you’re a novice golfer needing lessons, a recreational player wanting to play Pebble Beach, or an avid player wanting to practice year round-we offer something for every golfer. With our Aboutgolf simulator, ASTAR video, aG studio NEW, SwingModel bay and Vector launch monitor- BSG is a place to get the swing you want with the training and equipment you need. Terry Felty, the Director of Instruction at Big Sticks, was named Massachusetts Golf Teacher of the Year for 2010 by the NEPGA and listed as Top 25 Golf Instructor by New England Golf Monthly. aG Studio is more than a launch monitor-captures raw data from the club & ball using 3Trak. Goes far beyond basic ball data and makes you rethink the concept of a launch monitor.
Mention this ad & receive 10% off any Membership purchased during Oct & Nov. 781.229.2269. bigsticksgolf.com 26 Ray Ave Burlington, MA 01803.
CityGolf Boston is known as Boston’s Premier Indoor Golf Practice Facility for a reason, our annual members average a 30% handicap reduction each year! Take advantage of NE GOLF MONTHLY CODE>>>>> our best ever discount of only $800, valid for 4 months (you pick the start date), membership valid at CityGolf Boston (38 Bromfield St) and CityGolf Walpole (2250 Providence Hgwy – Route 1)
–Unlimited indoor golf lessons (30 minutes each).
–1.5 hours per week on CitySim golf simulator
–Free lunch with lesson or CitySim booking
–Free Club Fitting
–All day member guest pass for $70.00
–Unlimited indoor practice in both locations as well as 1/2 price outdoors in Walpole
–617-357-4653. CityGolfBoston.com. 38 Bromfield St., Boston, MA 02108
The state-of-the-art PGA TOUR Simulators by About Golf at Pease Golf Course in Portsmouth provides entertaining opportunities for golfers to keep their games sharp during the winter months. “We saw golfers who used the simulators more during the winter posting better scores during the spring and summer,” said Scott Devito, the PGA General Manager at Pease Golf Course. The system has 35 of the top golf courses in the world including Bay Harbor, Links at Casa de Campo, TPC Sawgrass, St. Andrews, Spyglass Hill, and Pebble Beach. Step outside the three simulator bays to the Grill 28 restaurant, which offers a wide variety of American cuisine food and drink options in a comfortable setting. For more information and special deals, go to www.peasegolf.com or friend us at www.facebook.com/peasegolfcourse and www.facebook.com/grill28. 603-433-1331. peasegolf.com. 200 Grafton Road, Portsmouth NH 03801.
Perfect Weather Each And Every Round! Vermont’s only Indoor Golf Center and Sports Bar with High Definition Golf Simulators.
• 8 High Definition Golf Simulators • 10 HD Tv’s • Leagues • Award Winning PGA Instructors
• PGA Club Fitting and Repair • Corporate Outings and Parties
802-881-0660 — Gonzosindoorgolf.com — 1860 Williston Rd., South Burlington, VT 05403
Play, Practice & Learn on the World’s Greatest Courses right at Prospect Golf! Our HD Golf Simulator produces accurate data capture (not calculation) which is critical to realistic ball flight simulation and it also provides the basis for the highest quality professional instruction and club-fitting. The simulator will be available for golf instruction, club-fitting, practice and play so call today to reserve your time. Jeff DelRosso – Connecticut Section PGA-2008 Teacher of the Year. ProspectGolf.com. 203.758.4121.
A FULL BAR & MENU with Indoor Golf entertainment. Compete in a variety of formats for golfers of all abilities. Practice more effectively with swing statistics on every shot. (Club Speed, Club Face at Impact, Swing Path) Perfect for Group Play, Functions, Events. Winter Leagues now forming. Located at Cedar Hill Golf Course in Stoughton, Less than 2 miles from Route 24, Exit 18B 617-592-9446 617-592-9446. 1137 Park St. Stoughton MA.
The Tee Box has three golf simulators, a pool table, beer, wine and refreshments, several high definition televisions for your enjoyment and relaxation. All three golf stations are high definition simulators, with 15 plus actual courses to play and more features available. Print out or bring in this ad and get a free half an hour of gold when you purchase an hour, offer expires 1/31/2012. 781-754-7218 TheTeeBoxUSA.com. 284 Monponsett St., Halifax, MA 02338.
The most accurate club swing analysis and most realistic courses. Open year round 7 days a week. Driving range, new softer hitting surface. Lessons available w/ golf professional Jerry Frechette (certified in regular, natural and Dave Pelz golf). Simulator time @ $25 / hour. Play online, in Leagues, Fund Raising Tournaments or book a Private Party. Watch the games while you play! 860-848-4653. sunsationhdindoorgolf.com. 1031 Gristmill Plaza, Rte 32, Uncasville, CT
Coming in November! Play, Practice and Learn on our aboutGolf Simulator. Lessons provided by PGA Pro, Jim McDonald. Tee times and leagues available. Rates will start at $25/hr. for simulator time. We have food and refreshments as well. Contact Us on our website for exclusive specials and news about our upcoming open house. Finally, our outdoor range bays are fully heated so you can practice outside when weather permits all winter long. 413-586-2311. WMassFamilyGolf.com. 294 Russell St. Hadley, MA 01035.
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