Finding lost golf balls, repackaging and selling them is a big business, a $400 million business. That’s because the average golfer sends at least two balls per game to the murky depth of a water hazard. Today, reclaiming companies pay scuba divers to manually retrieve the balls, a practice that is expensive, time consuming, and dangerous—especially where there are alligators. Currently, divers retrieve about half of the balls that are actually there.
Castaway Golf has developed a new machine that dredges and cleans almost all the balls at the bottom of the bog. Additional technology sorts the balls into the 200 different models which are repackaged and resold by brand and kind. Castaway’s system increases major ball makers’ revenues on resold balls and saves millions dollars per year in manual sorting costs.