Millbrook Resort in Queenstown has deployed a cloud-based GPS system for its new fleet of golf carts.\nThe cloud-based Golf Pilot system, created by GPS Systems International, uses Samsung TAB devices and employs technology to enhance players\u2019 golf game while also providing some safety features for management.\nBrian Spicer, head of golf at Millbrook Resort, says the resort is the first club in the country to use the technology. Each of the resort\u2019s 50 Yamaha carts is now fitted with a white Samsung Golf Pilot unit mounted to the front windscreen and links to the main computer dashboard in the resort\u2019s Pro Shop.\nOnce players set-off for their round, the interactive Golf Pilot system starts tracking the cart\u2019s location through the resort. It enables players to see where they are on the course, highlights course no-go areas, shows pro-tips on how best to play the hole and players can measure the distance to any point of interest including bunkers and the pin on the green.\nAt the pro shop, the interactive and real-time map shows management where each of the carts are at any given time, meaning they can move slow players on and even call players back if they\u2019re unlikely to finish before dark.\nTo ensure players stay on track while on course, a warning sounds whenever a cart approaches an area where it is not allowed to go such as greens or a nature area. Course overview maps highlight course play areas to prevent players losing their way.\nFuture enhancements will allow players to upload pictures and score cards direct to social media. The system\u2019s built-in scorecard will be available to print over wireless WiFi.\n\nThe ability to know the location of every cart in the fleet is crucial and extremely important on a 500 acre resort. We can clearly see how far the last player is from finishing and if someone has taken a cart back to their room and forgotten to return it. Allan McKay, Millbrook Resort\n\u201cFrom a manager\u2019s point of view, the ability to know the location of every cart in the fleet is crucial and extremely important on a 500-acre resort,\u201d says Millbrook Resort head golf professional Allan McKay. \u201cWe can clearly see how far the last player is from finishing and if someone has taken a cart back to their room and forgotten to return it.\u201d\nGolf Pilot can operate in up to sixty different languages including Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, German, Dutch, Spanish and French. \u201cWe\u2019ve already had great feedback from international players who love the fact they can play a round and have guidance in their own language,\u201d says McKay.\nMcKay says his favourite Golf Pilot feature as a player is the interactive \u201ccross hair\u201d target.\n\u201cThis is so accurate. It\u2019s interactive so you can drag it to your golf ball and see what the layup distance is to any target you choose and what the distance is from there to the green. It\u2019s gold.\u201d\nSend news tips and comments to email@example.com\nFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinap\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.\nJoin us on Facebook.