Revolution on the golf course

Pictures Martin Bostock'Saint Annes Old Links golf course head greenkeeper Stuart Hogg, watering the course with the aid of his mobile phone.

Pictures Martin Bostock'Saint Annes Old Links golf course head greenkeeper Stuart Hogg, watering the course with the aid of his mobile phone.

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SMARTPHONE technology is revolutionising the golf industry – and has helped land a top Fylde course final qualifying for The Open Golf Championship.

Staff at St Annes Old Links, in Highbury Road, St Annes, are equipped with a web application accessible through smartphones that can help them water greens and fairways remotely.

Course manager Stuart Hogg said: “It’s technology moving forward, enabling us to water areas more efficiently at the exact times we need to.

“If I’m cutting a section of green and see an area that needs watering, instead of running back to the computer and doing it, or finding the valve and manually doing it, I can switch it on via the smartphone.

“While we’re working on one green we can be watering another – it saves time. It’s a tool that helps make the job easier. We can apply water to areas whenever we want.

“And we can target areas with individual sprinklers using the system. We’ve been improving the course year on year for members and we’re the only Fylde coast course that been awarded final qualifying for The Open Championship this year.”

Using the tool allows Stuart to make better use of his six-man team on the course, ensuring their time is used in the most productive manner on the course.

Club professional Dan Webster said: “For the time of year, the course is exceptional – the Royal and Ancient had a meeting here last week and one of the attendees told me they could hold The Open on this course next week.”