If you’ve watched any golf tournament over the last few years, there’s a fair chance, you’ve been in awe of those great shots where we see the shape of the ball as it’s hit by the player. The technology is called TOPTRACER, and it’s used by many broadcasters around the world.
Networks like NBC, CBS, Golf Channel and Sky Sports use Toptracer to trace the shots of the game’s best players at hundreds of tournaments each year.
Now, the Celtic Manor Resort is relaunching its Golf Academy next month with a £500,000 facelift featuring the installation of brand-new, industry-leading Toptracer Range technology.
What is particularly useful about this systems is that it allows golfers to practise like never before, offering real-time shot data and accurate, interactive visuals alongside a host of different game modes to make range sessions more enjoyable.
Toptracer interactive screens are being installed into every one of the 28 bays at the Golf Academy driving range, allowing golfers instant access to live shot analysis such as distances hit, accuracy, ball speed, launch and landing angles.
As well helping improve improve their game, it’s really good fun too. You can play games and competitions such as Closest to the Pin, Driving Challenge and Go Fish which enhance the entertainment factor for golfers of all ages and standards.
Toptracer Range will complement the expert tuition packages available from a team of PGA professionals at Celtic Manor Golf Academy, where facilities also include swing studios, a short game practice area with all-weather greens, chipping and putting greens.
The extensive refurbishment will be completed in January by the opening of a state-of-the-art VIP suite equipped with the latest Callaway equipment. The suite will be bookable for groups looking to celebrate a special occasion, enjoy a night out with a difference, or for corporate team-building.
Celtic Manor Resort Director of Golf, Spa and Leisure David Griffin told us……
“Toptracer Range is the ultimate game-improvement and entertainment tool, and I am sure golfers of all standards will really benefit from its many functions when they come here to practise. The addition of Toptracer will further enhance the academy’s credentials as the premier practice facility in South Wales and we are always looking for ways to encourage more people to take up golf.
The games and challenges are going to provide great fun for all the family and for groups of friends looking for a new activity to try out. Toptracer will transform our academy facilities and we look forward to improving the experience for every golfer that visits the resort.”
David Cederholm, EMEA Sales Director for Toptracer, said…..
“It’s very exciting to start this partnership, and it represents a fantastic opportunity to continue the growth of the game of golf in Wales. It’s brilliant to be working alongside such a prestigious venue, and we look forward to seeing how Toptracer can enhance the visitor experience at Celtic Manor.”
Toptracer seems to be helping broaden the appeal of the sport, which has to be a good thing. If people discover golf through the technology and interactive games, we could well see more people out on our courses, and we’re sure that’s what we’d all like to see.
Incidentally, if you are the kind of person who is surgically attached to their phone, you can even sync Toptracer to an app (iOS and Android) that lets you sign in with a QR code and track your sessions to see your progress, pay for your sessions and compete against others around the country.
The Golf Academy at Celtic Manor will show off its new facilities for the first time at a launch event on Sunday 12th December, where anyone can try out the new tech and compete for a host of brilliant prizes. We hear there are also improved food and beverage offerings from a refurbished café which can also be enjoyed at your own driving range bay.