Young golfers can now transform their physical surroundings into a digital putting green, thanks to the same technology that powers Niantic’s Pokémon Go. Safari Par-Tee, a new AR mobile gaming platform available on iOS and Android, was unveiled today by the PGA Jr.
League. Trigger, the app’s creator, created it using Niantic’s Lightship kit for AR apps. Players can turn their physical environment into an interactive golf course by scanning it with their smartphone.
While Safari Par-Tee is aimed at young golfers (it even has cute animal avatars), its AR capabilities will likely entice parents and older family members to participate as well.
The game includes a variety of multiplayer options, including the ability to match with other local players in real-time or connect with specific players via WiFi.
Players can also hold communal scoring contests with multiple rounds and different clubs in the game.
The game introduces new golf players to the fundamentals of the game as well as the various styles of play. The game has three different terrains, each with its own set of obstacles and objectives.
Given that the world of golf video games has plenty of options aimed at adults (such as PGA TOUR 2K21, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, and the recently delayed EA Sports PGA Tour), a free entry for kids appears to be a welcome change of pace.
Safari Par-Tee is now available for download from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.