Frequently Asked Questions

Golf Simulator - Customer FAQ

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What is Virtual Golf?

Virtual Golf is playing golf in a golf simulator. It involves hitting a ball off a specially designed mat into an impact screen. There is a special piece of equipment that monitors the flight of the ball and feeds this information back to a computer. The computer then generates a virtual trajectory that the ball would have followed if you had been playing on a real golf course. This is the same technology that is used in the Research and Development labs of Taylormade and Ping.

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Who is it for?

Virtual Golf involves playing golf in a simulator. It is for someone who wants to practice their golf without having to go to a golf course or a driving range. Our golf simulator can allow customers to play a virtual round of golf (Play a Course), practice their swing on a virtual Driving Range (Driving Range) or get more specific information about the shots they play through our shot analysis package.

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Where is the Golf Simulator?

It is in the PEC in the new Movement Innovation Lab that is run by researchers from the School of Psychology. The golf simulator is part of a wider variety of technologies that these researchers are using to understand and improve movement performance in different sport and health related contexts. The facility is brand new and will hopefully be able to expand the types of services it offers in the near future. Plans are afoot to offer a personalised swing analysis. Details of these services will be provided when they are made available.

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What can I play/do in the golf simulator and how much does it cost?

There are a full range of packages to suit both novice and advanced players. Follow the link to view the details of all packages.

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 Will the member of staff operating the simulator be providing golfing tips or any form of coaching?

Dependent on the package you choose you may benefit from a lesson with a PGA acredited coach. To view the full list of packages follow the link.

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What sort of golf courses can I play?

There are five different courses to choose from. These include La Tempete (Quebec, Canada), Monterey Beach (California, USA), Monterey Glass (California, USA), Turnberry (Alisa course) (Scotland), and Warwickshire Brabazon (England). You can choose your course, pin difficulty and weather conditions. Again the member of staff in charge of your session will ask you what options you would like to choose before you begin.

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Will I play 9 holes or 18 holes?

You decide. There are options to play the front 9, back 9 or all 18 holes on one of five different golf courses. Remember if you choose 18 holes and you do not finish playing in your slot there is a possibility of saving your game so that you can pick up where you left off the next time you come in.

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What competition rules are used?

Players can decide whether they play stroke play, match play, stableford or even a texas scramble. Player’s handicaps can also be entered and net scores automatically calculated by the software.

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What about putting? Is it possible to putt accurately?

The simulator is very good at tracking and predicting where drives and fairway shots will go. Due to the nature of putting and the surface on which you will putt (i.e. a raised mat), putting is not so accurate. So as not to influence your score in the game it is possible to use the automatic putting option. The member of staff running the session for you will ask if you wish this option to be activated.

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If I don’t finish my round of golf can I come back and finish it another time?

If you don’t finish your round we can save the game for you and you can pick up where you left off next time. Just ask the person in charge of the simulator to save it for you with an identifiable name.

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What is a shot analysis?

Our shot analysis provides players with detailed information about the shots they play with each of their clubs. The simulator can provide information about club head speed, ball distance, ball spin, slice/hook errors and launch angle. Having precise information about your hitting distance for every club is extremely useful when deciding what club to choose when playing a real golf course. The results of your shot analysis can be printed out, emailed to you, or copied to a USB flash drive at the end of your session. We can also save this information to provide you with a comparison for any future visits.

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How many can play at once? Can I bring my friends?

The simulator can take a maximum of four people for the Golf Course and Driving Range options and a maximum of two people for the Shot Analysis. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate any spectators.

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Do I bring my own clubs? Do I need them all?

Yes – we would prefer it if customers could bring their own clubs. There will be a set of Mizuno clubs in the Movement Innovation Lab that can be rented for 5 pounds per hour.

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What footwear do I wear?

You can wear any type of footwear. If you are wearing golf shoes please ensure they are clean and have no mud on the soles.

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What age do you have to be?

There is no age limit but anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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How far in advance do I need to book?

You can book by calling the PEC (028 9068 1126) or email sport@qub.ac.uk.  Bookings should be made at least 24 hours in advance.

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