State of the Art Indoor Golf Technology Now Available in Thunder Bay!
by Scott A. Sumner
A long time well known business located near the airport in Thunder Bay, Landale Gardens, has become a more all year round operation now with the recent introduction of the latest Trackman Golf simulator.
“ We wanted to do something with the greenhouses during winter. Landale had the space and the golf simulator doesn’t need heat overnight so we decided to get into the indoor golf business,” smiles John Soychak, President of Landale Gardens Thunder Bay for over 30 years. John has completed horticultural courses at Guelph University and Humber College. “ I love golf but can only play during the winter when on vacation. During the summer we are so busy with the landscaping
I can’t golf.”
There are two types of golf simulators technologies- radar based and infrared. Landale chose the radar-based system because the necessities of recalibration don’t exist, light doesn’t affect the system and the unit can be used in the summer time as well. You can take the Trackman outside.
“ We have the Trackman 4- the technology is from Denmark and state of the art for Thunder Bay and anywhere. It was up and running here mid January and we opened to the general public mid February. We are doing well since our opening.” said John.
You can definitely help your game with the information gained on your shots with this technology. At Landale you play by the hour and can choose between 27 different courses, a driving range, chipping area and putting is part of the game. Landale may have golf pro on site in the future. They are open 7 days a week from 9am until when ever the golfers go home!
“ The golf simulator is definitely different for us at Landale but the garden centre business is evolving to more than just plants, with more entertainment. Golf is an interest of mine. We also have hot tubs. We are here all winter except for a few weeks when we go away to play golf.” laughs John.
The most cost effective way cost to play at Landale is $35 per hour with a 5-hour punch card for $175 and those hours can be used anytime. Normal rate up until 2 pm is $37, past 2pm and on the weekends it is $45 per hour. Landale may add a second simulator in the future.
It was brisk, cool, sunny day in Thunder Bay when I visited Landale. Inside the temperature was 80 degree plus and the sun on my face in the waiting area! Almost like jumping off the plane in Maui!