A 350 Yard Drive Off The Tee In Your Living Room

Golfers no longer have to leave home to play such world-class courses as Pebble Beach and St. Mellion. Optronics Ltd. in Salt Lake City, which has sold 700 units of its year-old simulated Par T Golf to resorts, hotels, and sports facilities, now wants to sell it to homeowners, builders, and architects.

To play the famous fairways electronically at home, all you need are an 11-foot-high ceiling, a 500-square-foot space, and $28,000. That covers the cost of the simulator. Each of the seven optional courses costs an additional $600. Par T Golf projects 1 of 950 golf-course images onto a screen in front of the golfer. Hit the ball, and the simulator uses an infrared camera to measure its speed, angle, and spin as it heads into the screen. Although the ball falls to the floor, the computer calculates its flight and projects it onto the screen toward the image of the hole. If the price seems stiff, says Optronics President Dan Wilson, just remember: It compares favorably to building a squash court or a swimming pool.