Ever fancied playing the Old Course in St. Andrews? Toptracer Range have introduced the historic course to their Virtual Golf Mode - meaning you now don't even need to make the journey to the auld toon.
Toptracer, an extension of global sports and entertainment leader Topgolf Entertainment Group, is the the world’s leading ball-tracing technology revolutionising how fans watch and play golf.
And now, the brand has added the Old Course at St Andrews to the ever growing list of world-class courses available to play in Toptracer Range’s ‘Virtual Golf’ mode at Toptracer Range locations- as long as you have a profile on the Toptracer Range Community App.
The Home of Golf, around for more than 600 years, is now available as a premium course at Toptracer Range locations, allowing the scenery and challenge of the Old Course at St Andrews to be experienced by players who possess a profile on the Toptracer Range Community app.
The announcement follows the news that the company have celebrated the 50th UK Toptracer Range installment at Forthview Golf Range, Falkirk - the 43rd to be installed in the last year.
“The addition of the Old Course at St Andrews offers Toptracer Range owners a great opportunity to provide guests with the challenge of playing what is arguably the world’s most iconic golf course,” says Paul Williams, General Manager Europe at Toptracer. “We are committed to growing the game and with that comes making traditional golf accessible, so that casual or competitive golfers alike can experience the rich history of the original links style course at any of the hitting bays at Toptracer Range locations.”
“We are hugely proud of what the Old Course represents and symbolises to golfers around the world,” says Danny Campbell, Commercial Director St Andrews Links. “We are committed to harnessing the passion for this iconic place to engage with new audiences and grow the game. Making the Old Course available at Toptracer Ranges will ensure the Home of Golf is accessible to a new generation of golfers; providing a fun, engaging and tech-driven experience that appeals to seasoned players, friends, family, and first-time golfers alike.”
In addition, the 11th hole at the Old Course at St Andrews will be the new marquee hole in the ‘Closest to Pin’ competition, providing golfers the opportunity to experience a challenging Par 3 at the famous course.
What is Toptracer / Toptracer Range?
Toptracer develops on-screen solutions that show shot shape and data such as distance, ball speed, launch angle and height, to drive enhanced practice and entertainment options for a variety of audiences. Whether it’s transforming the golf viewing experience on more than 700 PGA and European TOUR telecasts this year during NBC, CBS and Sky Sports coverage or setting the new standard for practice through more than 170 driving ranges around the world that utilise Toptracer Range products, the technology offers golf fans of all skill levels both fun and insights to understand the game better.
Toptracer Range offers the perfect combination of new ball-flight tracking technology and fun to transform driving ranges into the ultimate entertainment destination for golfers of all abilities.
Not only does it helps range owners transform their facilities into a modern and data-driven practice environment, but it also caters to the general consumer as an entertainment destination. Toptracer Range utilises state-of-the-art technology to create an interactive and fun experience that is perfect for all skill levels, allowing friends and family to compete in a variety of games or play virtual golf on simulated, world-class golf courses. The Virtual Golf feature is a convenient way for beginners to play a single hole, the front 9, back 9, or all 18 holes in a low-pressure environment.
Using cameras mounted around the facility and 21-inch monitors found at each hitting bay, Toptracer Range technology displays an array of details of each shot – including shape, distance, speed, launch angle and more. Data is instantly recorded and displayed on the screen through a player profile that can continuously be accessed through the Toptracer Range community application (free on iOS and Android).
50th UK install for Toptracer Range
Forthview Golf Range, Falkirk, has become the 50th facility in the UK to join the Toptracer Range revolution.
The first installation of Toptracer Range (then, Protracer) took place at New Malden (World of Golf) in 2012. A series of test sites followed when TopGolf purchased Protracer, from which, the company officially began to roll out its new Toptracer range technology to facilities globally. Since January 2018, 43 golf facilities in the UK have installed Toptracer Range technology.
Commenting on the completion of the installation at Forthview Golf Range, Toptracer’s European General Manager, Paul Williams, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have reached our landmark 50th installation in the UK which highlights just how popular our product has become for golfers of all ages and standards.
“The momentum is definitely showing no signs of slowing down as more and more people experience the difference that our technology can make to their local driving range. We can’t wait to see more facilities across the country using Toptracer Range technology in the near future.”
Toptracer Range now has been installed in more than 80 leading venues across Europe, including iconic destinations such as Le Golf National, PGA Catalunya and Wentworth Club.