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Horseshoe Valley Golf Zone swings open for the season

Indoor golf attraction 'will keep you in shape for golfing in terms of working on your swing,' says manager

The Horseshoe Valley Golf Zone is aiming to keep players sharp over the winter.

The former Horseshoe Resort golf course at 85 Highland Dr. was converted into an indoor golf simulator attraction last year. On site are four Golfzon advanced simulators.

Manager Rick Sinotte has secured a liquor licence for the attraction this winter and is looking forward to the spring, when he will reopen the outdoor driving range.

"We used to have the best driving range in Simcoe County out here," he said. "It goes back about 375 yards and it's two levels."

The simulators are programmed with at least 150 courses and a driving range. It costs $30 per hour to book it during the day and $35 after 4 p.m. It takes about an hour per person to get 18 holes of golf in.

"It's enjoyable," Sinotte said. "It feels and plays close to regular golf."

He says people will use almost every club in the bag while using the simulator.

"Are there some flaws to it? Absolutely, but for the most part, it's pretty accurate and plays almost like real golf," he said.

He hopes the attraction will help keep people active during the winter.

"It will keep you in shape for golfing in terms of working on your swing," he said. "It's good for muscle memory. It's like going to the driving range, where you can work on different things."

People can bring their own clubs to the simulator, but there are clubs available to use on site.

Sinotte is hoping the Golf Zone can fill a niche in the Horseshoe Valley area.

"We are the only place in this general area," he said. "We have fair prices and are looking to offer something fun to the community."

The Horseshoe Valley Golf Zone can be booked for individuals, groups, private parties, leagues, teams, fundraisers, and other events here.

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