On the Upswing

A centuries-old sport gets a technological upgrade.

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The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course

Not long ago, Garrett Okamura, the director of golf at The Dunes, would rely on his visual memory to dispense constructive feedback to his students. Now he uses an iPad and the V1 mobile golf app when giving a lesson. “I take a snapshot of the swing and then slow it down frame by frame,” he explains. “It’s an incredibly helpful tool.”

Last year, The Dunes rolled out its first fleet of GPS-equipped golf carts, which help players navigate the expansive course more easily. “The course is spread out over a lot of terrain,” Okamura says. “The GPS definitely makes the game more fast-moving.”

Dunes AtMauiLani.com | 808-873-0422

Maui Country Club

Golfers at this members-only club know the nine-hole course, so there’s no need for GPS, says Golf Pro Mark Shimamura, who also manages the pro shop. There you’ll find the Mizuno custom club-fitting system, which matches players with the best club for their swing. Members and their guests can also purchase sun-protective clothing and “Coolcore” caps that keep one’s head up to 30 percent cooler.

MauiCountryClub.org | 808-877-7893

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