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Rick Brockway

December 28, 2012

Indoor golf can cure winter blues

This afternoon I entered my yard as my son was getting out of his car. I said to him, “So, how do like my sun tan?”

Ric flashed a puzzled look as if saying, “What in heck are you talking about?”

“Pat and I just got back from playing a round of golf in Florida. It was sunny and warm and I actually shot quite well.”

After that statement he knew I was crazy. That is, until I told him about the computer golf game we played at Colonial Ridge Golf Course outside of Laurens.

Pat and I are very familiar with computerized inter-active sports games. After all, we had a Techno-hunt archery system in our former business for many years before deciding to change our lives.

A few months ago I wrote about technology and the outdoors in a column. I tried to explain how a GPS, a Global Positioning Satellite system, has virtually replaced the map and compass. But it’s much more complex than that.

My wife and I joined an indoor golf league this winter. We thought it would give us something to do and maybe even help when we play golf next spring.

This week we played a spectacular course in Florida. There were plenty of water and sand hazards, making the course quite difficult. Each week we will play a different course.

With any of these computerized systems you use your own clubs and pretty much play as if you were on the real course.

The par-4 first hole measured 398 yards. Using my new driver, I hit one about 230 yards. In reality, the ball traveled 8 feet, striking a heavy screen on which the course is projected.

Pat hit from the women’s tee and put one down the right side of the fairway.

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