GPS on carts helps Close House


Sean Dudley

The new Close House course in Northumberland, England, has acquired a fleet of 30 electric Precedent i2 Excel carts from Club Car, fitted with the Visage GPS technology.

“The touchscreens on the new carts provide hole graphics, 3D movie flyovers and detailed distance-to-green information that are proving very popular with our golfers already,” said John Glendinning, Close House’s general manager of golf. “Given the hilly nature of our courses, many people like golf carts. So we wanted to invest in a reliable fleet that would provide our visitors with unique functionalities and added value to their games.”

Glendinning says that the Visage GPS system was the key factor in his choice. “Visage enables us to keep carts on their designated virtual paths, especially in wet weather conditions, control downhill speeds and pace of play, as well as keep track of the position of the different vehicles out on the course,” he said. “The system has enabled us to see immediate impacts on our costs and on course management. The new fleet has eradicated the need for buggy paths through the rough, so there are no disruptions to the natural landscape and the design of the courses.

Designed by architect Scott Macpherson, Close House’s new Colt course opened earlier this year.