Beatriz Balderrama Baleeiro, Biz/Tech Reporter
The Humber community will soon have a new entertainment facility for students and faculty that will be the first of its kind in colleges across Canada.
The Humber Golf Lab, which launched last year at the North
campus, is an experiential learning space for students of the Golf Management program and will be equipped with the most modern high-tech simulators and golf tools.
“The technology is really high class,” said Cody Sobala, a first-year Golf Management student.
“It’s awesome to have this in our school. Not many places who offer this kind of technology.”
The lab’s bays can be booked for $30 an hour to play in the Foresight GCQUAD Simulation Configurator room, a space used for golf lessons and practice. Students from the program will also offer services including golf lessons, golf club fitting and golf club repair.
“I think it just helps us bond as a group,” Sobala said. “It helps everybody to stay together and get to know each other, and really improves our game and just be able to come here between classes and hit balls.”
Other services the Golf Management program offers its students during its three-year program are a golf store, which they are taught to run like a real business, and a workshop room equipped to build a custom golf club from scratch.
“A golf professional runs his own small business,” said Bob Beauchemin, a professor from the Golf Management program.
“He runs a pro shop, which sells the accessories to play golf and he’ll give lessons run tournaments.”
The TrackMan Golf Simulator room is one of three high-technology simulators in the Lab where students take golf lessons, learn about swing analysis and also play golf.
“TrackMan is probably the highest profile launch monitor, and it’s based on radar,” Beauchemin said. “And it’s the same, same radar they use to track
missiles like Scud missiles.
“And so golf balls (are) basically a missile, it’s an object flying
through the air,” he said. “So, it will read, measure how fast it is travelling, what trajectory (it’s) travelling, how much spin is on it, what orientation if it’s spinning one way or the other.”
Justin Eccleston, a student in the Golf Management program, said the lab offers him hands-on experience.
“It helps us improve in the school aspect, and our physical golf play as well,” he said. “And I just think it’s great. I’m in the first year of the program so it’s nice to have something like this at school to improve my game.”
An opening date has not yet been set.