Though the Scottish shepherds who invented golf liked it for its challenges, Scottish sheep liked it because it gave them ample time to nap in shepherds’ pickup trucks. Find your own reason to enjoy golf with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get a simulated golf outing for four at Global Indoor Golf in the Marriott City Center (a $180 total value). The outing includes:
- 18 holes of simulated golf for four (a $35 value each)
- Four buckets of driving-range balls (a $10 value each)<p>
Global Indoor Golf’s private golf bays, which hold up to eight players, faithfully re-create 66 world-renowned golf courses for close-to-life golfing experiences unhindered by inclement weather. Before taking to the simulated greens, club-swinging quartets warm up by lofting buckets of range balls toward the video display as 360-degree infrared light waves capture the characteristics of each shot, virtually continuing the ball’s flight on the 14-foot screen and onto the greens. Instant feedback critiques unfashionable plaid trousers and allows golfers to work efficiently on their technique, readying them to tackle a professional 18-hole course.
After fine-tuning their swings, chipping companions compete against each other for glory on the fairways of prominent golf courses such as Pebble Beach. The simulator realistically conjures trees swaying in the breeze, sunshine beaming through clouds, and caddies swinging at descending golf balls with tennis rackets. A game of 18 holes takes around an hour to complete, and outings may extend indefinitely as compatriots relax on the lounge’s leather couches and gaze at 55-inch flat-screen TVs.
Trees sway in the breeze alongside the fairways of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. A fierce wind whips off the Pacific Ocean at Pebble Beach's famous 18th hole. At Golf Anytime, players take on these challenges without having to leave the comfort of their own hitting bay.
The indoor golf facility, located in downtown Salt Lake City, relies on two full-swing golf simulators to re-create 67 championship golf courses and give players the opportunity to improve their games year-round. In addition to Pebble Beach and the courses along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, players can select from courses that include Torrey Pines, Pinehurst No. 2, and St. Andrews. They can also hone their swings on the driving range or in scoring zone simulator mode, as well as learn things like their swing speed and figure out why they slice or hook the ball.
The entire experience does away with the hassles commonly associated with real golf, such as uncooperative weather, lost golf balls, and pressure from other golfers to nudge the alligator off the hole. And with its full menu of food, snacks, and brews, Golf Anytime easily hosts groups for birthday parties, bachelor parties, and company meetings.