GPS and Golf
Technically this is already simple to do, and the GPS Software will support it. The issues are more what sort of system is needed, and if the cost can be justified on business grounds of improved course efficiency, or higher rental fees from the golfer.
This page has been created to describe some of the basic concepts, and provide a focus for other businesses interested in this use of GPSS - even if it is 'yet another publicity angle'.
I'm happy to give my free support to anyone pioneering use of my GPS software into the golf market - but they will need to follow the path laid out on my business page.
Robin Lovelock, Sunninghill UK, February 2006.
The simplest system might consist of a small device, not much larger than a mobile
'phone, which clips onto the Buggy, trolley, or even the Bag of clubs.
You can see an example of such a product on the right, taken from the
AVL page. The rechargable battery inside the device
has plenty of capacity for the few hours around the course before it returns
to the clubhouse for recharging.
The device, which transmits the position to the Clubhouse, might include :
Options to this basic package include the introduction of DGPS to provide more accurate tracking, or even a small computer running GPSS, within the package, to provide information to the player, such as advice on how to play the next hole from that position.
Pocket PC GPS, like the Mio P350 on the right, are more than capable of providing expert help to the golfer, by running GPSS for the Pocket PC to give spoken and displayed advice on playing the next shot. Just a matter of collecting the right information such as recorded speech from your club expert. This would be done after putting in an accurate map of the golf course(s).
For those of you designing solutions, here is some food for thought :