There's a new game of golf in town . . . a simulated one.
The clubhouse at Trentham Camp Golf Club in Dante Rd now houses a golf simulator, operated and managed by Nigel Walsh, owner of the business Simply Golf.
A golfing coach, Mr Walsh says the simulator, available for hourly hire to individuals or groups of four, is one of fewer than a dozen in the country and, he believes, the first in the Wellington region.
Users can play a round of 18 holes from one of the more than 40 international courses available, "without the walking," he says.
The simulator allows the course play or opting for working on technique for one area of the game, whether driving, chipping or putting. A radar machine analyses each shot and a range of information is displaced on the screen for several seconds, covering swing speed, the angle of impact and more.
Mr Walsh, who has run junior programmes at Judgeford, where he is based, is looking to appeal to a wide range of users but is particularly interested in having it help foster the game at the junior level.
Golf is popular with young players and Mr Walsh is hoping to attract interest from local colleges.
"We have two juniors here who are playing off single figures. I believe the simulator will appeal to young players."
And older players too . . . one of the first bookings is from a group of eight experienced golfers from Summerset Village, he says.
"This is a good option for people at all levels of the game, whether you are a 'non-golfer' trying the sport out or a professional working on your technique."
Mr Walsh says a lot of people try golf but, in their early forays, can be embarrassed about the level of their game or they find it takes too long.
Core times for the simulator will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5pm, and Sundays from midday, but this is expected to broaden.
Hire is $15 an hour for an individual or $10 an hour for groups of two or four.
Contact Mr Walsh on 021 026 0712, or the Trentham Camp Golf Club 527 7039.
- Upper Hutt Leader