Estimates vs. Actuals: Data-driven Approach To Labor Management

(Click to enhance image) In our last article, we covered the general components and values of GPS technology that are currently being used by Superintendents. In this article, we’re going to cover one of these components further—estimated working times vs. actual working times. The first question one might ask is ‘What problem or problems are we trying to solve’ by looking at time worked. By “we”, I really mean the Golf industry collectively.  After talking with many Superintendents, so far [...]

By |2019-04-22T20:07:01+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Golf Tech, Technology, Uncategorized|0 Comments

GPS Location: How is it benefitting Superintendents today and where is it heading?

GPS technology is conventionally looked at as method to help us get from one location to another as quickly as possible. We see this in apps like Apple maps, Google Maps, and Waze. Other uses like the iPhone app ‘Find Friends’, focus on using GPS as a safety-first solution, allowing app users to know where their friends or family are at any given time. When broken down to its most simplistic form, GPS technology gives us two things: a specific [...]

By |2019-04-15T17:51:02+00:00April 15th, 2019|Golf Tech, SMART Golf, Technology|0 Comments

Can the use of IoT in New Zealand and Australia serve as blueprint for Superintendents? Especially when navigating droughts? (3 min read)

In a recent article published by Business Insider Australia, farmers are now using IoT methods to create more sustainable and predictable farming processes through automated and remote working setups. According to the article: “Through automated monitoring of trends in weather, local water levels and soil moisture, [IoT] offers farmers visibility into the real-time performance of their irrigation to improve strategy. The insights are laid out in a visual dashboard, called SCADAfarm (supervisory control and data acquisition), a bespoke platform built [...]

By |2018-10-30T15:14:19+00:00October 30th, 2018|Golf Tech, SMART Golf, Technology|0 Comments

The Gartner Hype Cycle Methodology Applied To The New Wave Golf Course Technologies (5 min read)

The Gartner Hype Cycle The purpose of the Gartner Hype Cycle is meant to understand the general human behavior to new innovations and technologies when they become real and applicable in a market. When innovations are promoted, there is usually a “hype” around the potential of what that technology can do, and more importantly, what it means for the future of an industry and the people working in it. The Gartner Hype Cycle can also be used as a tool [...]

By |2018-10-31T14:45:14+00:00October 30th, 2018|Blog, Golf Tech, SMART Golf, Technology|0 Comments

Wireless Smart Valve Irrigation System For Golf Courses (3 min read)

Wireless Smart Valve Irrigation System For Golf Courses – Powered by the LoRaWAN Network We’ve spoken to many Superintendents over the past several years and have heard of the daunting challenge irrigation brings to the course. One of the biggest challenges, for courses not renovating with new irrigation systems, is the amount of money it costs to have the system repaired each year. Even when dollars are budgeted for repairs, it seems each year Superintendents are going over that budget. [...]

By |2018-09-20T20:28:50+00:00September 20th, 2018|Golf Tech, SMART Golf, Technology|0 Comments

How technology is helping to reinvent golf – Intel Article

By Andrew Wooden, Technology Writer Thanks to swing sensors and laser range-finders, golfing data allows players and coaches to analyze their games and improve performance. See full article at: https://www.intel.co.uk/big-data-powered-golf.html Golf players and fans alike have long had an affinity for data. Websites like golfstats.com[1] can already reveal in-depth details about the career of your favorite golfer, from the number of tournament 'wins' and 'best finishes' to more specific match details, such as 'most fairways hit' and 'longest driving average'. As [...]

By |2018-08-23T14:56:48+00:00August 23rd, 2018|Blog, Golf Tech, SMART Golf, Technology|0 Comments

Part 2: Golf’s Relationship With Uncertainty and How One Course Is Embracing Change

The premise of this article is to explore the dynamics that seemingly prevent Golf from adopting technologies at a faster rate than a vast majority of industries. A majority of industries will spend roughly 3%-5% of revenue back into technological infrastructure while Golf spends less than 1%.  Much of the evidence gathered has come directly from talking with Superintendents, Golf Pros, and General Managers who admit Golf’s slow adoption to technology that could otherwise help course productivity and efficiency if [...]

By |2018-08-22T18:36:25+00:00August 21st, 2018|Blog, Golf Tech, SMART Golf, Technology, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The LoRaWAN Eco-System: The new digital infrastructure for SMART cities and why Golf should be next

SMART Cities using LoRaWAN The LoRaWAN Network, like any beta network, has been in a steady phase of market testing and gradual consumer adoption. The LoRaWAN Network’s real market competition has been cellular network connectivity made popular by large cell phone providers like Verizon and AT&T. But unlike cellular connectivity, which only services devices with limited strength and large power consumption, LoRaWAN provides long range signal coverage through radio frequency. What this really means is reliability. Notice how AT&T’s slogan [...]

By |2018-08-22T18:28:52+00:00August 21st, 2018|Blog, Golf Tech, Technology|0 Comments