Ben at Skins Golf Centre.
Skins Golf Centre.
Ben checks out how it all works.
If you've always wanted to play the course where Tiger Woods won the US Open, or try the famous courses of St Andrews well, now you can.
If you have always wanted to play the course where Tiger Woods won the US Open Golf competition, or try the famous courses of Pebble Beach, Banff Springs or St Andrews, where it all began, now you can. In fact, you can choose from 32 of the world's best.
Looking for a new and exciting business venture, Clive and Irene Davies discovered Skins simulated golf technology and travelled the world to make sure they had the best there was. Their centre offers a realistic indoor golf game where players can hit real golf balls with real golf clubs in an indoor environment. You can play golf day or night in any weather.
They have set their centre set up to suit anyone who wants to hit a golf ball. Like a club, it operates with handicaps, competitions, tournaments, lessons, and clinics, and there is a golf pro on hand, a pro shop, putting green and even a psychology class. You can use your own clubs or hire some when you get there.
For a brand new player, simulated golf offers more time and is a comfortable way to learn the basics. It is less embarrassing than being a beginner on an 18-hole course with other people watching! Players are in booths, so what you do is between you and your simulator.
You will receive accurate statistics such as club distance, flight path, speed and angle of the ball, longest drive and average distance. This knowledge will help you improve your game, and you can be your own caddie and coach.
Skins is about golf as entertainment as well as sport. It takes around one hour to play a full round, and if you want to play with others, Clive recommends two to four people per booth.
The magic of the simulator is that it can track a ball as it is hit, projecting an image of the anticipated flight of the ball onto the screen as if it is a real shot. The amazing statistic is that the walls are full of hundreds of infrared sensors which measure the ball 60,000 times a second.
The Skins Cafe and Bar offers cuisine based on healthy and fresh ingredients. Choose to have lunch or dinner after a round or while you are playing. You can also go in early for a gourmet breakfast and a quick game before heading to work.
Skins is closely aligned with the Australian Golf Union, the Australian Women's Golf Association and the Professional Golf Association in order to create acceptance of indoor golf as a legitimate form of golf in its own right. All games played in this centre are played in accordance with the rules and regulations set out by the organisations.