|Hi lads, |
As a golfer, I've used similar systems occasionally, though I don't know whether Pro-Link was the manufacturer. I found them modestly helpful, but only insofar as it saved you walking around for 20 seconds looking for a yardage marker. My understanding is that the ones I've used were radio beacon, not gps based. While I don't necessarily think that golfers themselves will find them a major asset (compared to lessons, the newest driver or a good single malt), I suspect golf course management and cart makers will move toward these types of instruments becoming standard on all new golf carts. I'd guess better than 95% of carts don't have these systems yet, and carts are generally replaced every 4-6 years. The key driver I'd guess would be course management and communication (for slow play, weather and tournament play). Needless to say, it would be a big market.
On the other hand, I'm sort of surprised about this gizmo out of KVHI, since I thought other GPS specialists (Trimble, Garmin) were better suited to supply it. I hear they are all scrambling to supply GPS chips to track shipping containers, agricultural containers (ConAgra and others being very interested in tracking suppliers) etc., and golf cart tracking seems little different that solving that problem.
Nonetheless, nice bonus out of KVHI, particularly if they did compete against the other GPS chaps.