Before golf was invented, grassy pastures were viewed as the exclusive territory of roaming sheep, herds of cattle, and overzealous Civil War re-enactors. Traverse simulated links with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get a golf-simulator package at Back Nine HD Golf Inc. in Mississauga (a $130 total value). A group of up to four players can use the simulator session. The package includes the following:
- Three hours of golf-simulator play
- $10 food voucher
Within Back Nine HD Golf’s 7,600-square-foot facility, golfers escape from icy conditions to enjoy a round amid the vivid fairway simulacra of one of the studio’s nine HD golf simulators. Each simulator’s panoply of data sensors coalesce to precisely project the trajectory of each shot, taking into account parameters such as club speed, launch angle, ball spin, ball nougaty center, and clubface angle. The simulators rely on 3-D modelling, satellite date, and crisp digital images to recreate more than a dozen world famous courses, letting golfers test their mettle among the coastal hillocks of Torrey Pines, the ominous heathers of Bethpage Black, or the heckling porpoises of Pebble Beach. Savoury chicken fingers ($5.95), beef hot dogs ($2.50), and pepperoni pizza ($3.50/slice) provide protein-packed sustenance throughout the round, and a vegetarian panini ($7.95) can be used to bribe herbivorous 9-irons into giving their best effort.
Back Nine HD Golf’s rates fluctuate throughout the day. Though Back Nine sometimes offers discounts online, this Groupon is still the best deal around.