GPS Equipped Golf Carts are in

By: Jeffrey Veal

When you think of GPS, or global positioning systems, golf probably doesn't come to mind. Automobiles, boats, cell phones, etc., are most commonly associated with GPS. But lately, you're likely to find it installed on the rental carts at some of the more prestigious golf courses. This enables you to know where you are on the map while at the same time being able to determine how far the ball is from the hole you are playing. Selecting the proper club for the next shot is a no brainer. If there is an obstacle in your shot path, such as a hill or tree, the GPS can determine the height of it. This will help you calculate how high you will need to hit the ball to clear the obstruction.

A great thing about this device is that it actually cuts down on your time on the course. No more blind shots into the sun since the GPS displays the distance to the hole digitally in standard or metric measurement. Knowing the exact distance will shave time off of pondering which club needs to be used. With the time you save managing the course, this will improve your skills a lot faster. Since you'll know which club to use, this will prevent groups behind you from having to wait. If you've ever had to wave the following group through, you know how embarrassing this can be. For the accurate distance, all it takes is to turn the GPS on. With the data you're given, pick your club and make the shot. Nothing could be easier.

The good thing about this for course owners is there is no cost for the satellite service. Since the government owns the service, everybody has access to it. There are different types of units, and the one we're talking about here will provide golfers with the desired information. When you enter the location of the flag, the device will give you the correct distance to the hole from your location. The course usually provides high speed internet access, which is needed by the device to carry out its tracking abilities. The GPS unit receives a signal from a remote modem, which is linked to a mainframe computer, and the information is then delivered by a satellite. The speed of this transfer is unbelievable.

Many golf course owners have purchased GPS for all of their carts due to all of the extra features that come with the service. You can see the location of all of your golf carts right on a computer screen. This will help you evaluate the pace of play for the entire course. This will allow you to foresee many problems before they occur that might need the intervention of the course ranger. The price for a GPS device installed on a cart can cost anywhere from six hundred dollars on up. For anywhere between two and four hundred dollars, the device can be purchased by an individual golfer. Luckily for course owners, this price will be a lot lower if they are buying the system for a fleet of golf carts.

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