Golf courses going high-tech

HONOLULU -- Hawaii resort golf courses are taking advantage of new technology. Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Big Island's Kohala Coast and Kaanapali Beach Resort in west Maui, each with two 18- hole courses, have installed global positioning system technology.

The system, developed by ProShot System, lets golfers know, through satellite tracking, the accurate yardage for each hole. Through a screen mounted on each cart, they can also get course layout information and golf tips.

The ProShot system allows course management to track the golf cart fleet and manage the pace of play through a computer terminal.

For further information, call Waikoloa Beach Resort at (877) WAIKOLOA or Kaanapali Beach Resort Association at (800) 245-9229.

Meanwhile, the 18-hole championship Poipu Beach Resort Golf Course on Kauai is taking tee-time reservations through the Internet. Reservations for the course can be made through the Hyatt Regency Kauai resort's Web site at www.kauai-hyatt.com/golf.html. The service is operated by EZLinks Golf. Golfers can also book through EZLinks' Web site at www.ezlinksgolf.com.

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