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Ottawa and area biz profile: Virtual Sports Zone in Rockland

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Virtual Sports Zone owner Donald Prezeau’s passions for computer science and golf were linked together when he was approached to help a golf simulator business owner get the visual bugs out of his machines more than a decade ago.

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Prezeau, the owner/operator of DLR Micro Computers with 30 years of experience on the computer field, fixed the glitch and in exchange for his services received two Visiotics Golf simulators.

His entrepreneurial skills then kicked in and landed his machines at Pine View Municipal Golf Course, where over the course of three winters he was able to add two more simulators for players to enjoy during the winter months.

Prezeau’s next home for the sims was at Outaouais Golf Club. It was while at the Rockland course that he discovered the next generation of machines from High Definition Golf.

He started with one and it proved to be so popular that he invested in four more.

Today, at his 733 rue Industrielle, Units 3 and 4 in Rockland location; the stable has grown to include five HD Golf simulators, with plans to add another in the near future.

HD Golf technology has resulted in the creation of simulators that look and play as close as it gets to the real outdoor deal.

Revolutionary image processing software combines high resolution digital images, satellite data and geophysical data into 3D models of golf courses that not only look real – they are completely accurate everywhere on the course. Every tree, bunker and hazard is faithfully reproduced exactly as one would see it if he or she were playing the actual course.

Spectacular photo-realistic capabilities capture the true beauty of some of the world’s most renowned courses including: Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, Pinehurst, Kiawah Island, Spyglass, Doral, Harbourtown, Troon North, Bethpage Black, Banff Springs and many others.

This year, Prezeau acquired an HD Golf simulator that includes a Video Swing Analysis module.

It uses high-speed cameras (120 frames per second) with special wide-angle lenses to capture data. The video playback is sharp and easy for players and instructors to review.

No longer only an offseason haven for golfers, Virtual Sports Zone is now a year-round indoor playground for golfers.

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