CoverShots™ was invented in the mid-1990s by the original designer after developing a Type II skin cancer on his forearm, which according to dermatologists is a typical location for skin cancers to appear on golfers. He then enlisted the aid of Architecture, Engineering, and golf business professtionals to help develop his idea. The first CoverShots™ canopy was formally unveiled to the golf world at the 1997 PGA Merchandise Show.
The structure needs to be mobile for several reasons:
(1) Grass needs sufficient sunlight for growth and CoverShots™ mobility allows more than sufficient sunlight for healthy grass generation.
(2) The mobility allows for daily repositioning of the practice tee line, thereby ensuring a fresh tee line from which golfers can practice.
(3) The mobility allows repositioning during the day to keep optimum protection and coverage on the tee line.
(4) The drive system can be completely disengaged if desired, allowing the CoverShots™ to be towed nearly anywhere on your facility.
The motorized Eclipse model is automated and is moved by means of two drive motors, one located on each side of the unit. The motor system is designed to move forward, backward, and side to side. All movement is controlled via a leg-mounted UL-approved control panel that is mounted on one leg of the unit.
The non-motorized Eclipse can be towed manually with the use of a golf cart or tractor and a tow rope. All PTC models are non-motorized and can be moved manually as needed.
CoverShots™ recommends the larger Eclipse units be motorized but motors are not required. Non-motorized Eclipse units are moved simply by disengaging one locking pin on each side of the system, then towing or pushing the unit into its new position, and then reinserting the locking pin. It can be towed longer distances by turning the wheels in the lateral position, removing the locking pins, and towing the system behind a small tractor or similar vehicle, using a tow bar or straps. The PTC’s (Professional Teaching Canopies) are easily moveable with 2-4 people depending on the size of the unit. PTC's can also be towed with a Carryall type vehicle.
CoverShots™ Eclipse Models are available in four standard lengths: 41′; 62′; 83′; 104′ (inside measurements), and the standard canopy is 20′ in width.
CoverShots™ PTC Models are available in 24′; 30′ (inside measurements), and the standard canopy is 14′ in width.
Absolutely. Both the frame and canopy come in a variety of colors. Additionally, graphics, logos, or facility names can be custom-added to the canopy if desired.
CoverShots™ are designed to withstand almost every type of wind condition and wind speed. CoverShots™ recommends the retractable canopy system for all models. The Eclipse model comes standard with a retractable top. The PTC can be ordered with a retractable or a fixed tarp system that is designed to release in high winds, allowing the unit to remain stable. Eclipse models, when the canopy is retracted, are designed to withstand wind speeds up to 100 MPH. PTC models, when properly anchored and retracted can withstand wind speeds up to 75 MPH. **NOTE: Ground conditions can impact anchoring performance.**
Eclipse units are shipped to the purchaser and are fully-installed by CoverShots™, and will take 2-4 days to assemble. The PTC units are shipped to the purchaser and fully installed by CoverShots, and will take 1 – 1.5 days to install.
Building permits are not typically required to install a CoverShots™, as the system is classified as a mobile structure. However, it is the purchaser’s responsibility to ensure proper compliance with all applicable local and regional building codes.