Birdies and Bunkers catering for golfers put off by south-west's inclement weather

MEET THE DEMAND: Dale Beane, Birdies and Bunkers owner, has set up an indoor gold range for people who don't want to play in bad weather. Picture: Rob Gunstone
MEET THE DEMAND: Dale Beane, Birdies and Bunkers owner, has set up an indoor gold range for people who don't want to play in bad weather. Picture: Rob Gunstone

GOLFERS determined to practice their swing in Warrnambool’s dreary winter months have been granted reprieve with a new indoor facility to shield from inclement weather.

Birdies and Bunkers, a Warrnambool-owned virtual golf startup, expects business to swell in winter after opening its doors last month.

There was a lot of feedback that there wasn’t a driving range or that the weather was too poor to play.

Dale Beane

The Cooper Street business uses golf simulation technology to capture the flight and trajectory of a ball on a projector screen.

It then provides statistical feedback on the shot, including distance, flight and spin.

While the phenomenon has taken off in Melbourne and other regional centres, Birdies and Bunkers’ shed in the industrial estate is the first of its kind in the south-west. Owner Dale Beane said a demand from south-west golfers drove him to start the concept.

“There was a lot of feedback that there wasn’t a real driving range or that the weather was too poor on their days off to go and play golf,” Beane said.

“This concept enables people to play all year round regardless of the weather.

“We’ve been amazed by the amount of club members that are coming out here so far.”