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Swing at COVID-19 blahs with VR golf game from Dallas-based Topgolf

Swing at COVID-19 blahs with VR golf game from Dallas-based Topgolf

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Virtual reality is so much prettier than reality reality. Courtesy photo

Dallas-based Topgolf is sharing the joys of its favorite sport in a new virtual reality game. Called ProPutt by Topgolf, it lets users swing, putt, and play on their own, with friends, or with other players from around the world.

The game uses VR technologies to bring to life the sensation of realistic golf courses and four Topgolf fan favorite games: Topgolf Classic, Top Pressure, Quick 9, and Quick 9 Pro.

Pro Putt by Topgolf is available for download for $19.99 on the Oculus Quest store. Oculus Quest is a VR gaming headset.

Once you put on the Oculus Quest headset, you get the virtual experience of having a putter in your hand, whether you're playing a round with a friend, sinking shots in the Topgolf Putt Lounge, or engaging in a battle with other players.

The game is from a partnership between Topgolf Media, a division of parent company Topgolf Entertainment Group; with Golf Scope, an Austin technology and entertainment business focused on growing the game of golf through the use of Augmented and Virtual Reality. Boy, that is a lot of names and explanations.

Golf Scope founder & CEO Ryan Engle says that Topgolf has done an "incredible thing" for golf.

"It has made it fun and approachable and introduced the game to a lot of people that wouldn't otherwise be interested," Engle says in a statement. "We're hoping Pro Putt helps even more people find the fun in golf. My dad and I used to play golf every weekend growing up, but recently we've been playing Pro Putt. We've been surprised and amazed by the richness of the shared experience in VR, especially now."

A release notes that Topgolf has helped introduce new players to the game of golf through a variety of technology-driven experiences and partnerships. In addition to the company's venues around the world, they have the mobile game World Golf Tour (WGT) by Topgolf, which has been downloaded and played by more than 28 million users.

At their venues, their Toptracer ball-tracing technology has revolutionized how viewers watch major golf tournaments on TV, the release says.