Golf News for Thursday, May 2, 2013 | Products

High Definition Golf simulators making golf year-round sport

The seasonality of golf may soon be a thing of the past, with more and more courses installing High Definition Golf™ simulators in their clubhouses. No matter what the weather, golfers are now able to practice and play through rain, snow or extreme heat.

"Our course is typically closed for four months every year. By Spring your swing can get pretty rusty. Our members are excited to be able to keep up their game year-round," says Charles Powell, General Manager of Donalda Golf Club in Toronto, one of Canada's top private golf courses. He says they're already hearing rave reviews about the four HD Golf™ simulators installed in their clubhouse last month. "We can now guarantee lessons and club fitting every day of the year," says Powell.

"Many simulators are like blown-up video games - that just won't appeal to serious golfers. If you're going to invest this kind of money, you need to ensure the system will keep them coming back," says Powell. "HD Golf is as close to real golf as it gets." He says their team thoroughly reviewed all the top simulators on the market and concluded High Definition Golf™ offered the most realistic and accurate indoor golfing experience.

Powell says they are seeing an increase in food and beverage sales as members stay longer in the clubhouse. Beyond the appeal to its members, the simulators will help Donalda retain key staff through the winter.

Public golf courses are also realizing the benefits. "This type of investment made sense. We don't have to be a seasonal business anymore - we can keep our business going strong," says Head Pro and Superintendent Harold Webb at Highland Greens, a public course in New York State that also installed HD Golf™ simulators. "Golfers love being able to play some of the world's greatest courses, like Pebble Beach, right here in our facility."

In addition to regular practice and play, golf courses are using the simulators to host league nights, weekend tournaments as well as enhancing their teaching and club-fitting capabilities with HD Golf's comprehensive analysis and golf instruction tools. These simulators are proving popular for junior golf academies and camps, as youth love learning with technology. Some courses also rent out their spaces for private and corporate events as the big screens can also be used for viewing presentations, films or live sporting events.

Used by PGA Tour Pros and some of the world's top golf instructors, HD Golf™ is the only golf simulator that looks and plays like the real thing. Revolutionary image processing software combines high resolution digital photography with satellite and geophysical data to create exact 3D models of each course. Pioneers in computer vision technology, HD Golf™ has the most advanced ball and club tracking in the industry, providing instant feedback and detailed analysis after every swing.

"Golf courses are realizing it's a smart business decision. It expands a course's capabilities and helps to set it apart," says Todd Richardson, President & CEO of HD Golf™. "It's an easy way for any course to offer additional value and start bringing in more revenue, year-round. Golfers everywhere can rejoice - it means more time spent playing the game you love."

For sales inquiries contact: James Patriquin, VP of Sales, JamesP@HDgolf.com
Company: Interactive Sports Technologies Inc. Tel: 1-866-323-0095 Website: www.HDgolf.com



 
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