A new forecasting service is helping green keepers keep courses in top condition, whatever the weather. Developed by Glasgow based Weather2, their golf package automatically e-mails or faxes a detailed local weather forecast to individual courses before six am every day.
Pioneered for sports facilities in the USA, each forecast is based on the exact geographic position of individual courses. For longer term planning a six day forecast is also provided.
“Our service combines the expertise of a team of highly experienced meteorologists with the very latest computer modelling technology,” said Paul Wisely, Weather2’s commercial director.
The level of detailed hour by hour tracking of localised weather conditions has proven invaluable to players, green keepers and tournament planners including staff at St Andrews‘ Old Course.
Gordon Moir, Links Superintendent, at St. Andrews said, “We get a forecast emailed to us at five am every morning. It is very useful to know if it’s going to rain in the afternoon then we know we won‘t need the sprinklers set up. It’s a pretty valuable tool in helping us plan our workload effectively.”
Weather2Golf weather forecasts can be emailed to individual courses and even to individual members for less than £1 per day.
“Weather2Golf is the market’s most detailed forecast service of its type and can predict pinpointed weather conditions for each course,” continues Paul Wisely. “‘This service is provided in tandem with another aimed at players. Golfers can phone for a forecast of local weather conditions at any course in the country.”
Supported by Scottish Enterprise Glasgow the company provides a range of ‘Weather2Go‘ information services for business and leisure activities. The Glasgow based company has designed and developed its own in-house content management systems to generate weather services and deliver them to businesses and to consumers electronically. It provides a number of multi-media, multi-channel weather information services via voice telephony, Text SMS, MMS, TV, Fax, Email and the Internet