MAUMEE, OHIO — aboutGolf—the world leader in indoor golf simulator technology— announces the release of TPC Sawgrass, now exclusively available for the company’s PGA TOUR Simulator as part of its partnership with the PGA TOUR.
With the upcoming PLAYERS Championship being played May 6-9 at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, aboutGolf simulator owners will be able to play the course along with the world’s best professionals.
TPC Sawgrass is part of the TPC Collection, which also will include the TPC Louisiana and TPC Scottsdale, both of which will be released in late 2010 or early 2011. All 18 holes at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at Sawgrass—including the world-renowned 17th-hole island green—are fully 3D rendered, which is critical to realistic play.
“Our dedicated graphics team develops each course using topographical, photographic and aerial data, enabling rendering with unprecedented accuracy and achieving the desired detail, realism and immersive experience,” says Kristy Smith, aboutGolf’s Vice President of Development. “When you play THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at Sawgrass on aboutGolf’s PGA TOUR Simulator, you’ve truly played the course.”
aboutGolf’s PGA TOUR Simulators use the latest in machine vision technology and golfsoftware design. aboutGolf’s graphics lead the industry, featuring highly-detailed terrain, reflective water, varying weather conditions, tee signs that can be read, and moving clouds, grass and flags that blow in the direction and intensity of the wind.
aboutGolf’s course data is based on Global Positioning System (GPS) information and photographic survey data enabling rendering accuracy to within two inches. Orthographic photography is used to determine accurate positioning of trees, structures and other landmarks. An average of 2,500 photographs taken at key locations on each hole form panoramic references for accurate course recreation. CAD plans provided by the course architect are also used to ensure careful attention is given to achieving the architect’s original vision.
The TPC Collection retails for $1,500 and is now available online at www.proshop.aboutgolf.com or through aboutGolf directly at 800.445.GOLF.
aboutGolf finalized a long-term relationship with the PGA TOUR in 2008. Thanks to this partnership, aboutGolf and the PGA TOUR have an exclusive, worldwide licensing arrangement to manufacture PGA TOUR Simulators based on aboutGolf’s 3Trak technology, as well as the exclusive rights to render and make available TPC courses.
“We are honored and excited to enable golfers across America and the world to experience the beauty and challenge of THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass,” says Chuck Faust, President of aboutGolf. “The timing of the TPC Sawgrass release is perfect, as golfers will have the opportunity to try to tame the same course the best players in the world are facing.”
aboutGolf is a 20-year-old Maumee, Ohio-based company that has been dedicated to golf for its entire history. aboutGolf is the world leader in indoor golf simulator technology, producing PGA TOUR Simulators, aG Performance Products and Henry-Griffitts Custom Fitting. Historically, aboutGolf also produced Microsoft Golf, Greg Norman Ultimate Challenge Golf and World Tours, which is the world’s most-widely-distributed golf simulation. aboutGolf® is a registered trademark of aboutGolf Limited, Maumee, Ohio.