Golf Industry Gets First 100% Solar GPS Time-Accurate Waterproof Clock

The first 100% Solar, GPS Time Accurate, Waterproof Clock for the Golf Industry: Solar GPS Clocks assist golf courses in alleviating golf's pace of play problem while adding beauty to golf courses.

Chomko is a Clock and Communications Company in Pittsburgh, PA which has installed their 24" Solar Clock at golf courses throughout the United States. Their customers are uniting their driving range and first tee with Solar-GPS Synchronized Accurate Time.

According to Nick Chomko, "One aspect of the pace of play problem is the absence of a visual display of time. Our dial face is 24 inches and frankly, nobody walks past a 24-inch analog clock without looking at it; it beckons your attention. The clocks are placed at driving ranges, first tees, and key holes -- wherever they will have a positive impact on the pace of play. The solar power allows golf courses to place clocks at the best locations."

Golf is a time-based sport like football, basketball, soccer, etc… The visual display of time maintains the sport's pace of play. Golf is a self managed sport and the visual display of time is an elegant customer service approach to keep golfers moving.

In the past, golf courses only had the option of installing electric outdoor clocks and/or non-synchronized battery operated analog clocks. Battery analog clocks have an inherent accuracy problem. The frequency of an analog clock's quartz crystal will drift. This drifting requires an analog clock to be adjusted manually or automatically from an external time source to remain accurate.

Secondly, the clock's movement must be built to withstand outdoor elements. There is a difference between "weatherproof" and "waterproof". Weatherproof is a marketing term. Waterproof is an engineering term. Non-waterproof battery analog clocks require the golf course to store these clocks indoors at night and during inclement weather.

Clocks built for outdoor use are IP65 compliant. The IP65 waterproof standard is an assurance that the clock is built for the elements. Accuracy is rarely a problem with outdoor electric clocks. The problem is the installation costs with trenching electricity. This restricts clock placement because the clock is tether to an electric cable. A solar clock on the other hand, can be placed at the most optimal location just by digging a 2' post hole.Solar Clocks engineered to be IP65 compliant and synchronized to a reliable external time source provide a valuable tool to resolve the pace of play problems at golf courses.

The United States Golf Association, USGA kicked off its "While We're Young" pace of play campaign during the 2013 U.S. Open Golf Championship to address the problem. Golf's entertainment value decreases when tee times are backed up with play taking over 4.5 hours. A visual display of time at golf courses creates a sense of pace and keeps golfers aware.