It’s time for players to get a jump on working the kinks out of their swing mechanics at Virtual Sports Zone as the Ottawa-Gatineau GolfExpo goes next Friday and Saturday to signal that spring is closing in.
Men and women players have a couple of ways to get their games ready for the new season at VSZ. They can use the in-depth practice modules or play one of the more than 25 replica courses that are loaded in the indoor playground’s seven High Definition Golf simulators.
One of the tracks is the PGA National Champion Course where Adam Scott just won the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic on Sunday despite getting bit at No. 15, the venue’s first hole on its famous three-hole stretch called The Bear Trap. Scott dunked two shots into the water at 15 on Saturday and came away with a seven on the par 3, but recovered in fine style to win the tournament by one shot over Sergio Garcia.
The Bear Trap (Nos. 15, 16 and 17) is named for Jack “The Golden Bear” Nicklaus, whose redesign turned the trio into one of the toughest combinations of holes in golf. They all call for precise shot-making because there are zero bail-out areas. A game on PGA National will show players just how much practice they need to get in before teeing it up outside.
The HD Golf simulators’ practice modules use Computer Vision Technology for ball and club tracking as it provides comprehensive and precise shot analysis. This system calculates all of the critical ball and club parameters: ball speed, club speed, launch angle, club face angle, ball spin and spin axis at high accuracy. And there are integrated training and teaching tools golfers can lean on to get their games ready for the new year.
Here are the number of High Definition Golf simulators available this week at Virtual Sports Zone:
- Monday – Three machines can be booked throughout the day.
- Tuesday – Two machines available from 3 p.m. until close.
- Wednesday – Two machines open throughout the day.
- Thursday – Two machines available throughout the day.
- Friday – Two machines can be booked throughout the day.
- Saturday – Three machines open throughout the day.
- Sunday – Four machines can be booked throughout the day.
Virtual Sports Zone owner Donald Prezeau reminds seniors that they receive the special rate of $20 per 18-hole round from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Meanwhile, golfers can turn their attention between shots this week to the large screen TV for Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens games. The Senators skate against St. Louis on Tuesday, Tampa on Thursday, Toronto on Saturday and Dallas on Sunday. The Canadiens clash with San Jose tonight, Anaheim on Wednesday, Los Angeles on Thursday and Winnipeg on Saturday.
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.
Virtual Sports Zone is located at 733 rue Industrielle, Units 3-4, in Rockland. Hours are from 9 a.m. until midnight on weekdays and from 8 a.m. until midnight on weekends. For more details and to book screen-times, call 613.446.9200 ext. 1 or e-mail email@example.com.