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New additions at Dairy Creek Golf Course include augmented reality games, restaurant

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 00:40:14-05

There are some new upgrades at Dairy Creek Golf Course within El Chorro Regional Park in San Luis Obispo.

It's offering a new augmented reality golf experience called Swing Time. This makes it one of 11 places in California with the Toptracer technology.

"So the same technology that's used in the pro games when you're watching that and the same thing that's used in Topgolf," said Nick Franco, San Luis Obispo County Parks Director.

It's a mix of a driving range, a sports bar, and a computer game.

"So your input to your virtual game is your golf ball," Franco explained.

Whether you've played golf or not, you hit a golf ball into targets and on your computer screen, you're playing a game.

"You can get points or you can get closest to the hole or you can play world-famous golf courses or whatever it is and it's right there on your screen," Franco said.

Some golfers like Jordan Anthony say it's a fun addition.

"I use it for just to get better averages on my carries and more for the data," Anthony explained.

It's open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with light-up targets at night.

Reservations are encouraged with only a couple of walk-in opportunities.

"We've been booked out since the day we opened up," said Josh Heptig, San Luis Obispo County Parks Golf Superintendent. "Every day has been sold out. Literally, if somebody cancels a reservation, within five minutes somebody else has already scooped it up and ready to go."

A new restaurant, The Siren El Chorro, is offering food like tacos, pub items, and drinks.

Eventually, it'll be able to host live music.

"We want to do weddings, events, birthday parties, anything that you can dream of as well as making these bays into VIP booths for the bigger shows," said Stephanie Stiles, The Siren El Chorro General Manager.

County Parks says the overall cost was just under $1 million for all the new improvements.

A miniature golf course and go-karts are put on hold due to COVID-19 budget impacts.

The Cal Poly Golf team is based out of Dairy Creek with a new learning center on-site. It also helped pay for the Toptracer facility.

For more information on Toptracer reservations, click here.