Long ago, Scottish polo players longed for a game in which they could explore scenic terrain, ride an obedient mechanical horse, and wear more courageously plaid knickers. Marvel in their subsequent invention with today's Groupon: for $15, you get one round of virtual golf (up to a $32 value) or two rounds during the May 1 to September 30 summer period at Golf-O-Max on Baxter Road.
Golf-O-Max's indoor golf centre tees up 10 golf simulators with dozens of virtual world-class golf courses, allowing for year-round play. Pregame, players can practice approach and chip shots and wallop with woods and irons on a simulated driving range that realistically captures speed, direction, trajectory, spin, and sportsmanlike conduct before a 10’x12’ screen. Trees and hazards come into play on the par 3 course, as wayward virtual balls follow the course's actual topography. Players can also narrow options with a choice of tee levels, wind speed, and green conditions on a choice of world-class courses, such as the PGA Tour–famed Castle Pines or Pebble Beach. Reverse and aerial views allow players realistic course sights, and the replay feature recaptures impressive shots and shots only a mother could love. During the summer period from May 1 through September 30, this deal is valid for either two rounds of play for a single player, or for one round of play for each of two players.
Players bring their own clubs, but rental sets are also available for a fee. Game partners and green groupies on the fairway sidelines can watch hockey, football, and more on one of six HDTVs or partake in a pint at the 19th Hole Lounge, offering 10 draft beers and nonsimulated snacks.
Golf O Max
Since 1995, Golf O Max has given golfers access to some of the most renowned courses in the world, including Torrey Pines, Bethpage Black, and The Old Course at St. Andrews. Which isn't to say the company flies golfers around the globe and teaches them each country club's secret handshake. Instead, they bring all the world-class courses to Ottawa via 11 full-swing golf simulators that offer highly realistic recreations of every green and fairway.
In addition to hosting casual rounds with friends, Golf O Max holds lessons with its crew of CPGA professional instructors. Novice players are also encouraged use their simulators, which feature a best ball format to help newcomers master the basics. After a breakthrough lesson or a personal-best score on none other than Pebble Beach, players can celebrate at the 19th Hole, the in-house pub that pours beers to go with burgers and smoked meats.
1050 Baxter Rd.
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