Golfers can tee it up at Safeco Field

Golf SimulatorResearch shows that 42-percent of Mariners fans are also golfers. It is with that in mind that a new 3D golf simulator has opened at Safeco Field. The “About Golf” simulator is a high-tech training tool that is operated by the pros at Gregg Rogers’ Golf Performance Centers of Bellevue.

The simulator is inside a 600-square foot structure located just behind the centerfield bleachers. It features a 120-foot wide curved screen that can project images from some of greatest golf courses in the world including the “Old Course” at St. Andrews, TPC Sawgrass, TPC Scottsdale, Spyglass, Pebble Beach and more.

High-speed 3D cameras capture data on the club and the ball at 2,300 frames per second. The data helps project how fast and how far the virtual ball will travel.

Golf SimulatorThe simulator will be open on all Mariners game days starting two hours before first pitch. Fans can take a swing for a $5 fee, a portion of which will be donated to Mariners Care, the team’s non-profit foundation. You can also enter a closest-to-the pin contest at every game for $20 for three swings. Scores are tallied after the 8th inning of each game and the winners will receive prizes such as items autographed by Mariners players, free golf lessons or club fittings.

This week, for the grand opening, the winners of the closest-to-the pin contests will go head to head against each other on Sunday during a hole-in-one contest. If any of the four finalists makes a hole-in-one, he or she will win $25,000.

In addition to taking some practice swings, you can also get instruction from Gregg Rogers’ pros. And if you’re looking for a set of clubs to give you an edge, you can get a consult by Gregg Rogers’ award-winning custom fitters.

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