Cell phone ports on the golf carts at Greenhorn Creek Resort in California: It's about time
Here’s an idea that’s probably overdue, considering how much time people spend on their cell phones, even on a golf course: Greenhorn Creek Resort in Angels Camp, Calif., near San Francisco, has become the first golf course in the United States to provide solar-powered phone charging, using ultra-slim solar panels mounted on top of golf carts.
There’s a USB hub on the cart, which means no matter how much a golfer texts, surfs the Net or blabs on the phone during a round, he or she will never run out of juice. I’m being facetious, of course, but there really is a need for this, and not just for the obvious.
For example, one of the most popular smartphone apps in the world is GolfLogix, which provides thousands of golfers with GPS services, course information and scoring. One of the concerns with using the app was that it drained the battery on your smartphone. At Greenhorn Creek Resort, that’s no longer an issue, although GolfLogix users can also use their screensaver to get through a round on a single charge.
Golfers also like to take pictures on the course, listen to iTunes while they play and connect to social media – you know, in case someone gets an ace. Plus, the innovation (which was developed by Salt Lake City, Utah company Cart Golf – cartgolfgps.net) uses solar energy. How cool is that?
“Having a golf cart with the ability to charge a phone while playing brings a whole other dimension to the course,” said Allan Ramorini, head PGA pro at Greenhorn Creek G.C. “With so many players relying on smart phones, we now have the ability to provide GPS and not kill your battery.”
Greenhorn Creek Resort, which offers stay-and-play packages, is located near the historic downtown of Angels Camp, where Mark Twain scripted his famed Jumping Frog short story that brought the little mining camp to prominence during California?s Gold Rush. Today, there’s spectacular scenic drives, 32 local wineries, plus a wide variety of outdoor activities, including the resort’s Robert Trent Jones, Jr. re-designed golf course that wanders through rolling foothills and 100-year old oak trees.
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