A new and innovative technology has hit the Grand Strand. National Golf Management has installed the Digital Caddies tablet GPS system in the carts of 15 courses it owns and operates, and expects to have the product at the other seven courses it manages sometime this year.
The Android tablet has GPS service based off Google Maps on the Sprint wireless network. The tablet has a ten inch screen that mounts below the cart canopy and is enclosed in a protective case.
The innovative product is expected to benefit customers as well as help operationally. The new technology should help management monitor pace of play as well as provide better customer service with food and beverage.
The Digital Caddies have many capabilities and the course determines which services to provide. They will offer typical GPS distances to flags and hole landmarks, as well as zooming capabilities. The Digital Caddies can provide a scorecard and messages can be sent to golfers. Future options might include music piped through the tablets, leaderboards, video messages from the golf shop and a video library of golf tips.
National Golf Management has an exclusive Digital Caddies contract in the Myrtle Beach market for 18 months.
The 15 owned courses are Litchfield, River Club, Pawleys Plantation, Willbrook, Grand Dunes Resort Course, Pine Lakes, Waterway Hills, Arcadian Shores, Long Bay, Aberdeen, two courses at Myrtlewood and three courses at Myrtle Beach National. The managed properties are Tradition Club, Blackmoor, Wachesaw East, Wild Wing Advocet, River Hills, Farmstead and Meadowlands.