Golf is always in season at Too Far North Fitness
FORT KENT, Maine — Although a few short-lived flakes of snow fell in Fort Kent on Tuesday, and the Fort Kent Golf Club is closed for the season, tee-times are still available at Too Far North Fitness on Main Street.
On Nov. 6, the fitness club opened to the public a golf simulator, “The Links at TFN,” which boasts a high-definition 12-foot by 19-foot screen and 87 virtual courses to choose from, including Pebble Beach, Pinehurst #2 and Royal Melbourne.
“Adding a golf simulator has always been part of our plan. We decided to do it sooner because we thought, ‘Why are we waiting when winter up here is like 12 months long?’” said Rick Daigle, who owns the fitness center along with his wife, Cassie Daigle.
Users of the simulator will hit a golf ball directly into the screen while aiming along the virtual greens and fairways.
“You swing a golf club exactly like you would on a golf course,” Rick Daigle said.
The simulator’s computer technology measures the direction, speed and spin of the ball and provides feedback on the golfer’s performance.
“It gives immediate data on ball flight and what your club head is doing,” Daigle said.
Golfer David Saucier said he was able to improve his game after playing on the simulator.
“I struggled most of the year and coming in here I was able to realize my club face was open when I was swinging,” Saucier said. “I was able to kind of correct what I was doing wrong and hit the ball straight because I could see what I was doing.”
Golfers can adjust their virtual game by changing pin locations, weather, time of day, and difficulty level of the game.
The simulator’s primary purpose is to entertain golf enthusiasts, but it also offers 10 other sports, according to Daigle.
Saucier’s son, first-grader Caleb Saucier, who plays soccer with the Fort Kent Recreation program, played soccer and baseball on the simulator.
“He came home and all he could talk about was how it’s like being in a real life video game,” David Saucier said of his son.
“It’s great. I liked hitting the goals,” Caleb Saucer said.
The simulator is open year round and users need not be members of Too Far North Fitness.
The cost to use the simulator is $30 per hour on weekdays and $35 per hour on weekends. The price is not per person, but per hour, so the cost remains the same regardless of how many members of a golf party schedule a tee-time together.
Too Far North Fitness is selling a limited amount of punch card packs which provide the buyer with one or two free hours of simulator use depending on whether they purchase a 10 pack or 20 pack card.
Packs are transferable, good any day of the week or weekend, and do not expire.
The Links at TFN is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on weekends from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Daigle recommends calling ahead to reserve tee times, especially on the weekends. Golfers must bring their own clubs and balls.
The Links of TFN will hold a championship this spring with the lowest shooter winning a weekend at a home in Southwest Harbor.
To schedule a tee-time online, go to The Links at TFN.