Somewhere, John Daly is smiling.
Golfers who hit the links this May on a course outside Tokyo will have the opportunity to get balls, drinks and other refreshments delivered to them by a fleet of drones.
The drones — which are being tested by e-commerce firm Rakuten after they bought a 20% stake in Autonomous Control Systems Laboratory — will deliver to players who have placed orders via smartphone.
Given that it’s common in Japan to take a break after nine holes for a tipple or two, the drones might speed up the run of play to boot. Other benefits: fewer accidents with oncoming beverage carts and the fact that, as far as we know, drones don’t stick their robot hands out for tips.
If the service is well-received, it may pave the way for Rakuten to begin using drones to make deliveries to backyard BBQs or apartment balconies.
Bev-cart gals: you’re next.