This great article below from Ian Kennedy via Chatham Kent Sports Net
With advancements in technology continually shaping the way we live, it appears the game of golf, including at one local golf course, is about to go high tech for low scores.
This spring, Deer Run Golf Course, located near Blenheim, Ontario will be unveiling a free SmartPhone app which can be downloaded on iTunes or the Android Store, to provide the next generation of golfers with some high tech gadgets on their course.
“This is an exciting launch for Deer Run,” said owner Larissa LeGros. “With technology changing everyday, this application will help to improve the golf experience at Deer Run and puts us at the forefront of golf technology.”
Deer Run is believed to be one of the first and only courses in Canada that will offer this free SmartPhone app, which can serve as a scorecard, provides GPS yardage to greens and hazards, book tee times, provide live leaderboards for tournaments and groups, allows full Facebook integration, and even gives golfers access to the club house menu to pre-order food midway through their round.
“Now when you get a Birdie on the course, the app can instantly share that moment on Facebook with all your friends,” said LeGros.
“As well, if you’re playing with a large group and you’re spread across the course, you can see how your friends, family, or competitors are doing instantly.”
“We may even connect it so you can call up the “beverage cart” if you are getting thirsty”
Although the days of a pen and paper scorecard likely aren’t gone forever, the move toward SmartPhone technology instantly connects golfers at Deer Run, something the course has been working on with their nearly 3000 Facebook fans for years,
“We’ve managed to build an extremely loyal following on Facebook and Twitter. We love to connect with everyone on Facebook and Twitter, we can connect in real time, shares our thoughts, vice versa and really connect with everyone who comes out to Deer Run.
“You can expect this online presence and the use of technology, this application will take that one step further and bring it all together.”
With water in play on 21 of the 27 holes at Deer Run, and a backdrop of Carolinian Hardwood Forests near the shores of Lake Erie, Deer Run has become a must play course for golfers in Southwestern Ontario, something this app doesn’t aim to change, but rather to highlight.
“This app is all things Deer Run. We will always offer the face to face, person to person service our golfers are accustomed to. This application simply looks to connect our golfers, appeal to a new generation, and to enrich your experience at Deer Run Golf Course.”