The public facility will receive the tablets within the next few weeks, and install them on its new fleet of golf carts, in an effort to remain competitive with nearby properties. The tablets provide GPS functions, send messages to the clubhouse, provide the golf course with pace-of-play data, and give golfers yardage information on each hole.
In order to keep up with the latest technology at nearby golf courses, The Links at Boynton Beach (Fla.) Golf Course will soon be installing 85 new GPS tablets on its new golf carts, the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post reported.
The deal with Arizona-based Digital Caddies Inc. has been approved. The golf course could have the new tablets within the next few weeks, said head golf professional Ron Tapper. “Most people expect GPS units on the golf carts,” Tapper said. “The old technology has gone away.”
Tapper has been looking to replace the old GPS systems with new ones and decided on Digital Caddies. The golf course rolled out its new Yamaha golf carts in December. Since then, golfers have been eager to have new GPS tablets, the Post reported.
The tablets—about six inches in width and in height—attach to the carts and provide the GPS functions as well as messaging to the clubhouse. It provides the golf course with pace-of-play information and gives the golfer yardage information on each hole, helping the golfer decide which club to use, the Post reported.
“It’s a good feature that golfers kind of expect now,” said regional sales executive Kenny Frank.
The PGA National courses in Palm Beach Gardens have signed with the company and might get their tablets even before Boynton. Madison Green Golf Club in Royal Palm Beach and Villa Del Ray in suburban Delray Beach already have the tablets, the Post reported.
The company is the first of its kind to provide the tablets to courses for free, Frank said. They can provide the product without a cost because of revenue they receive from advertising on the tablet itself. The tablets the course previously had cost $6,000 a year, the Post reported.
“The systems out there are expensive and eliminate many courses from being able to pay for them,” Frank said. “We’re hoping to make this service available to a whole slew of courses.”
The company hopes to expand the system to scorekeeping, beverage order and maybe some music or video functions, the Post reported.
There isn’t an exact installation date, Tapper said, but he has told golfers it’s coming soon. He thinks more golfers will come to the course knowing it has new technology, the Post reported.
“The wait will be worth it as soon as they get on there,” Tapper said. “They’ll enjoy it once they see it.”