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02 April 2008  


SkyCaddie GPS, the official rangefinder of the PGA, has completed mapping some of the world's most famous golf courses – including 2010 Ryder Cup course Celtic Manor and 2011 Open Championship venue Royal St Georges.

With more than 2,100 courses now mapped in Europe and having become the PGA's official distance measuring device, SkyCaddie starts the Summer seeking to strengthen its position as the world's leading GPS rangefinder.

In recent weeks the company's 'course enablers' - the team of professional mappers who walk every inch of a course to create a bespoke SkyCaddie GPS footprint - has also mapped The Duke's, Duchess's and Marquess's courses at Woburn; the Old Course and Cashen Course at Ballybunion; and the flagship Majlis Course and Nick Faldo-designed Wadi Course at The Emirates Golf Club, Dubai.

And The Belfry, Wentworth and all 12 courses at Turkey holiday hotspot Belek – including the Montgomerie Course at Papillon Golf Club - have also been painstakingly measured.

Jackie Hitchcock, of SkyCaddie Europe, said: "We're absolutely delighted to announce that those prestigious courses have been mapped – and there are more in the pipeline.

“The phenomenal growth in popularity of our handheld GPS rangefinders around the world means it's essential for high-profile courses to offer their thousands of visitors the ability to use their SkyCaddie on the course.

“As a result of a huge increase in consumer demand for handsets, requests from clubs to be mapped are growing day by day. It’s becoming clear that SkyCaddie owners are using the handset to dictate where they play – and if a course isn’t mapped they are very vocal about it.”

SkyCaddie has now mapped 80% of the UK’s courses, with the aim of reaching 90% by the end of May.

Twenty percent of their 18,000+ worldwide courses will be revisited this year to take into account course modifications and redesigns, which are often ignored by GPS systems which use outdated aerial photography to create their maps.

SkyCaddie GPS rangefinders appeal to golfers on three levels – playing better, playing faster and having more fun!

Each handset gives instant and accurate information via satellite, which includes exact yardages to the front of bunkers and water hazards and to carry them, and precise distances to the flag.

Unlike some other rangefinders, the detail has been verified by golfers, for golfers - and even allows the handsets to show recommended 'fairway targets'.

All SkyCaddies conform to USGA/R&A rulings and golfers are able to download the courses they want to play via a range of annual SkyPlayer Membership schemes

For more information golfers can call SkyCaddie on 0870 112 0513 or visit the web site: www.skycaddiegps.co.uk.

Company Contact:

Jackie Hitchcock, SkyCaddie
Tel: +44 (0)1865 876469, Email: jackie@skycaddiegps.co.uk
Web: www.skycaddiegps.co.uk

Media Contact: Andy Hiseman, Hiseman Partners
Tel: +44 (0)1780 757461, Email: andy@hiseman.com
Notes to editors:

SkyCaddie uses military-precision global positioning technology - encased in a portable handheld device, about the size of a mobile phone.

Each handset uses the SkyGolf GPS system - professional, high-performance GPS engines, with satellite-based accuracy - to provide golfers with the distances needed to play smarter, faster and have more fun! SkyCaddie’s European Head Office is based in Wheatley, Oxfordshire. SkyCaddie is the Official Rangefinder of the PGA.