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Golf club buys new golf simulator

State-of-the-art equipment part of club’s initiatives to attract visitors year-round
Frank Guillon tests out the new golf simulator at the Smithers Golf and Country Club. (Marisca Bakker/The Interior News)

The Smithers Golf and Country Club has a new, high-end golf simulator.

President Andrew L’Orsa said new bays and simulators were set up just before Christmas.

The Trackman system was $26,000 and the club also purchased two new hitting bays and projectors.

“The golf club was lucky to have enjoyed a strong season thanks to the amazing weather and as a non-profit organization, the simulators are a way to reinvest the capital and help support the club through the offseason,” L’Orsa said.

“The previous simulator, while not cheap, didn’t have the accuracy of the new machines,” he said. “It was great for anyone wanting to stay in shape and swing a club during the offseason, but for anyone serious about their game it wasn’t sufficient.

“The newest simulator is a Trackman, which is a top-of-the-line radar system and used on the PGA Tour. Our pro will be able to give lessons and custom-fit golf clubs properly on the new system. The club also has a second radar system that was purchased last year, so we now have two really nice systems to go along with the new bays.”

Club member and volunteer Frank Guillon said the tool is invaluable and provides data and feedback on your swing, ball flight, and clubhead speed, and hopefully improves your game.

Everyone is welcome to use them and booking is done online.

“Over the last five years the board has been trying to make the golf course a more community-oriented space,” said L’Orsa.

“The winter walking trail was created to go along with the sledding hill, and the simulators are another way to get people out in the wintertime. In the past, the clubhouse sat empty over the winter, so the addition of the simulators will help the club cover expenses over the winter months.

“The clubhouse itself is in need of a makeover and we’ll be applying for some grants to help fund a renovation, so hopefully in the future we’ll have a vibrant space that people can come have a coffee or a drink, go for a walk, watch the kids on the sledding hill, or play some golf.”

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Marisca Bakker

About the Author: Marisca Bakker

Marisca was born and raised in Ontario and moved to Smithers almost ten years ago on a one-year contract.
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