Suffering from golfing withdrawal symptoms and on the hunt for an indoor golf experience that offers a little more than the same old? Head over to North Swing and experience a lounge setting where you get to play golf on many of the famous courses of the world, all while still in Barrie.
North Swing which is just off highway 400 and Dunlop St. West, is equipped with the latest simulator technology. The sensors track every part of your swing, club speed, ball speed, driving distance, and spin. You can also record your swing and play it back so you can see how good or bad your swing is looking. It has the largest screens you can buy to give the full effect of being on the tee box before slicing into the rough (oh sorry, just talking about me!)
A More Authentic Virtual Golf Experience
Being of Celtic origin, it was great for me to be able to play the Old Course at St Andrews. The screen graphics are from actual images from the course, it is not computer-generated, and gives you the genuine feeling of being there. I personally have been to St Andrews in the past, and the images look pretty good and I almost felt like I was actually there – apart from no wind and rain. Another added benefit for me, as someone who loses on average 6 golf balls a round, there were no lost balls to worry about!
North Swing is a fairly new venue that just opened in October of 2018 under the ownership of Emil Kamel, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more enthusiastic and friendly owner. Before getting into the golfing business, Emil ran a pharmacy. After joining a local golf club, he decided he needed a change of direction, and came up with the vision of North Swing. He took an empty commercial space, designed the interior himself and transformed it into a haven for golfers.
Enjoy your favourite music while you swing – they will even take requests! You can relax and have a beer, or any other drink you wish and take to the links. Emil’s goal is to make golf fun, and I have to say I had a lot of fun. When asked what’s unusual about North Swing, his answer was “a 26 year old Egyptian golfer opening an indoor golf lounge to escape the winter in Barrie! How unusual do you want!”
Indoor Golf in Barrie
North Swing is ideal for all golfers, scratch to high handicappers, learners, first-timers, or just for a night out and have fun. They also do corporate events and offer packages from a date night to large groups up to 15 players, see North Swing’s website for details. North Swing has 2 leagues you can join – a Men’s League which is on Monday nights and a Flex League where you arrange a time when you can play. There are also golf lessons to improve your game, or if you just want to play some golf, you can book an hour or more.
If there is a special sporting event, they hold parties and show the game on their centre BIG screen. At the same time, they hold competitions on the other 2 screens, including longest drive, skins or nearest the pin. One event held recently was the Phil Mickelson vs Tiger Woods match, and on the big screen it looked amazing.
In addition to all this, they also have a full menu which includes hamburgers (which Steve, our hamburger expert and photographer gave his hard-earned approval!) They’re also partnered with Pie Wood Fired Pizza to serve their unique pizzas.
North Swing has future plans including:
- Nighttime golf in the summer
- Plans to expand and add three more screens
- Install a putting green
So if you want to have some fun, a few drinks and something to eat with friends – have a night out of the ordinary and head over to North Swing.
Written by: Ian Hendrie | Images by: Stephen Elliot