The holiday hubbub ramps up this week as Christmas Day closes in, so golfers in need of a pause from the malls can take that quick break by playing the hi-tech replica of Rich Harvest Farms at Virtual Sports Zone.
Rich Harvest Farms is an upscale private property in Northern Illinois that puts a premium on precision and as such was selected to host several prestigious amateur events since opening in 1999. Those tournaments included the 2007 NCAA Central Regional Men’s Golf Championships. The property was also the 2009 site of the Solheim Cup, the most celebrated tournament in women’s team golf. Rich Harvest Farms is one of the 27 world-class tracks on VSZ’s six High Definition Golf simulators.
Here are the number of simulators available this week at Virtual Sports Zone:
- Monday – One machine can be booked throughout the day.
- Tuesday – One machine is open from 2 p.m. until close.
- Wednesday – Two machines are open throughout the day.
- Thursday – All machines open until 4 p.m. when VSZ closes for Christmas Eve.
- Friday – Closed for Christmas Day.
- Saturday – Three machines are open throughout the day.
- Sunday – Three machines can be booked throughout the day.
In league news, VSZ owner Donald Prezeau says since the Thursday night league will fall on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 they won’t be regular league nights. Instead, he offers the regular league price without the $5 for members. Player can book their tee times for the Wednesday nights. He suggests playing Rich Harvest Farms and Bethpage Black during the two weeks. The league’s regular Thursday schedule returns Jan. 7.
Here are the regular screen fees at Virtual Sport Zone:
- Nine holes, $20
- 18 holes, $30
- 18-Hole Senior Rate, $20 per person (Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.)
Practice range rates:
- 30 minutes, $14
- One hour, $24
- A special package is available that offers 10 rounds of golf for $200.
Meanwhile, players can turn their attention between shots to the large screen TV during the week for Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens games. The Senators play Florida tomorrow and Boston next Sunday. The Canadiens battle Nashville tonight, Minnesota tomorrow and Washington on Saturday.
The indoor virtual playground is open from 9 a.m. until midnight on weekdays and from 8 a.m. until midnight on weekends. VSZ is located at 733 rue Industrielle, Units 3-4, in Rockland. For more details, and to book screen-times, call 613.446.9200 ext. 1 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.