Take me out to the ... virtual driving range?
The Seattle Mariners have announced they're unveiling the first golf simulator installed in a major league baseball stadium. The new Safeco Field simulator is operated under the auspices of PGA Professional Gregg Rogers of nearly Bellevue.
"Putting a golf simulator in an MLB ballpark is unusual, but research shows that 42 percent of Mariners fans are also golfers," Rogers was quoted as saying in the team's news release. "This is an opportunity for us to grow the game of golf through a fun, interactive, high-tech experience."
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The Safeco Field simulator -- located behind the centerfield bleachers -- uses high-speed 3D cameras to capture images and data at 2,300 frames per second. The images are projected onto a 20-foot wide curved high-definition screen. Golfers have the choice of playing holes from many of the best courses in the world, including St. Andrews, TPC Sawgrass, TPC Scottsdale, Spyglass and Pebble Beach.
The simulator will open two hours before Mariners home games. For now, it's free, but there will be a charge in the future -- with a portion of the proceeds going to Mariners Care, the team's non-profit foundation.
In addition, Rogers and his staff will offer instruction and club fitting.