Some of the latest technology in golf, previously considered exclusive to the pros — as seen on major networks like NBC, CBS, Golf Channel and Sky Sports — has arrived at Pine Ridge Golf Course in Lutherville, Md.
Pine Ridge Golf Course welcomes Toptracer technology to its courses this summer. All golfers who use the range now have the ability to use Toptracer to improve their game and enhance their experience on the range.
There are just under 270 courses in the United States that use Toptracer — including Severna Park Golf Center in Arnold, Maryland — and another 250 internationally. Now Pine Ridge can be added to that list.
“We want to differentiate ourselves from all the other courses in the area so people will come and use our range,” said Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation Executive Director Tom Pierce.
Pine Ridge has a total of 45 drive stations. Currently, 22 stations are equipped with a Toptracer monitor. The remaining 23 can be accessed via smartphone or tablet.
The technology allows golfers to view accurate statistics about their drives, such as the distance their ball travels in the air, ball height, total drive distance, ball speed, shot curve and target distance (right or left). ).
Players can download the Toptracer app for a streamlined experience. The app helps players review their progress during or after their stay at the shooting range. Game modes such as approach challenge, long drive, closest to the pin and more provide a unique experience that suits each individual’s ability level.
“At the end of the day, we’re trying to provide a great experience at Pine Ridge, and this upgrade to our already busy facility will allow people to practice more efficiently,” said David Hutsell, PGA Head Golf Professional at Pine Ridge.
In addition to disc feedback, the Toptracer allows users to have more options while golfing. Golfers can simulate holes on professional courses, play skill-based games and compete against their friends.
With the features Toptracer provides, technology is changing the way people enjoy running. The hope is to get kids more involved in golf from an early age.
“Kids are always looking at screens, so [if] we can film them here with a screen and have them play golf as well instead of sitting on the couch, I think that’s going to be a big positive,” Hutsell said.
In addition to the Toptracer being expected to leave a positive impression on the children, the technology is expected to bring in enough revenue to help BMGC’s other courses.
BMGC is the first non-profit organization in the country dedicated solely to the management and operation of municipal golf courses. BMGC operates Baltimore’s classic five golf courses: Pine Ridge, Mount Pleasant, Forest Park, Clifton and Carroll Park.
Toptracer prices at Pine Ridge vary depending on the type of driving station used, although range balls are included in the price and multiple golfers can use the same station.
For the 22 undercover stations with a monitor, 30 minutes with a small bucket of balls is $20. An hour with a medium bucket is $35. Two hours with a large bucket is $60.
For the 23 uncovered stations, 30 minutes with a small bucket is $15. An hour with a medium bucket is $25. Two hours with a large bucket is $40.
Golfers who wish to simply use the range without using the Toptracer can pay $5 for a small bucket, $10 for a medium bucket and $14 for a large bucket.
“We want to offer ourselves to everyone, but of course we want to generate more revenue because all the revenue we generate goes back into our courses,” Pearce said.
Golfers can see the cameras Toptracer uses hanging under the range’s overhang. Toptracer monitors are undercover, allowing golfers to play in the rain if they choose.
The build process to implement Toptracer did affect Pine Ridge’s scope to some extent. Pine Ridge tackled the implementation process by starting and finishing one side of the range before moving to the other.
“We temporarily closed one side and then did the other. … We were closed when we had to do the concrete work,” Pierce said.
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