Swinging for the screen

Golf simulator business opens in Charlottetown

Jim Day jday@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on November 1, 2014

At this time of year, the avid P.E.I. golfer may begin swinging towards despair.

The end of the golf season is fast approaching. There may be just a couple more weeks left. Perhaps another five or six if the weather really holds up.

What remains, though, is navigating aerated greens that can send putts jumping any which way, losing balls in the middle of fairways hidden under leaves, and the need to add toques, wool socks, mitts and even parkas to the golf attire on the more frigid outings.

All About Golf is banking on many golfers being willing to pay to extend the season year round on Prince Edward Island.

In addition to selling golf products, the Homburg International Group-owned business is providing a place to play and practice in Charlottetown.

Store general manager Steve Dowling, a long-time golf pro on P.E.I., hears golfers gripe about having nowhere to swing their clubs once the snow flies.

All About Golf opened a golf simulator business on Oct. 14 in the old Wicker Emporium digs on the second floor of the Confederation Court Mall.

The sound of birds chirping and waves crashing on the shore fill the high ceilinged simulator rooms as golfers play on any one of 22 world-renowned courses with Pebble Beach proving to be the early favourite.

Dowling, who has been the head pro at four different Island courses, says the four high definition golf simulators here are billed as the best in the world.

“It gives you a true life (golf) experience,’’ he says.

Dowling believes the main clientele will be golfers looking to continue swinging clubs while enjoying the friendship of their regular golfing buddies on quality golf simulators. Three fellow CPGA professionals will join Dowling in providing golf lessons and clinics.

The golf simulator rooms, which will operate during mall hours, can be rented by the hour. Memberships ranging from one month to yearly are also available.

Dowling notes the facility, which has a licensed bar, could be a busy spot in the summer with golfers looking to work on their game in a climate controlled environment.

Summer days hampered by scorching heat, heavy rain or strong winds, he adds, also make the golf simulator an appealing alternative to hitting the links outdoors.

To book a time or to inquire about rates, call 902-367-3467.

Steve Dowling, general manager of All About Golf, says the new HD golf simulator business in Charlottetown will allow golfers to play and practice the game they love year round.

©Guardian photo by Heather Taweel