Intelligentgolf, the new on-line management system for golf clubs, is going from strength to strength as more clubs sign up to the sophisticated way of improving services for their members and visitors.
Hesketh Golf Club is one of the latest to have had the system installed and after just a couple of months the members are already seeing the benefits.
“The website is clean and fresh and our members think it is an invaluable tool,” said Martyn Senior, secretary/manager at the Southport club. “Keen golfers who always want to keep up with their statistics think it is fantastic because it is all there for them on-line.
“We had been looking for a new website but had not found one with the fully-integrated handicap system that Intelligentgolf provides.
“When we saw Intelligentgolf and what it is capable of, it killed two birds with one stone. It might not be the cheapest but it is certainly the best.”
Harborne, Colne Valley, Canterbury, Cold Ashby, Slifold, Cranleigh, Mill Ride and the Club Company (owners of 10 clubs including The Warwickshire, Nizels and Chartham Park) are among those who have installed the unique new system.
Created and developed by Jamie Abbott, Intelligentgolf is an all-encompassing on-line solution, offering a bespoke package, tailored to the needs of individual clubs. It is much more than just a ‘fancy website’.
“Intelligentgolf is quickly gaining ground with clubs who are looking to take their membership beyond basic club websites. While we provide all the necessary functions of a website, such as search engine optimisation and comprehensive web stats, our integration allows us to take the member’s section to the next level.” said Abbott.
“There are so many different applications and we are continually developing new ones that will aid and improve golf club services to members and visitors.”
Because the system is internet based, members can review their stats, book competition tee times, enter matches and tournaments and even download CONGU® approved handicap certificates.
An easy to use touch-screen interface in the clubhouse allows players to walk in off the course, key in their scores, have a drink in the bar and log in and check their results and see their handicap update. It is fully CONGU® licensed.
Clubs can also opt for live scoring on large screen TVs or projected scores in and around the clubhouse during championships and open competitions.
With comprehensive competition management, including online signup, registration, start times and score input using a sleek touch screen interface, Intelligentgolf helps to keep players fully informed both online and in the clubhouse.
It frees club administrators from the time consuming day to day running of the club to concentrate on improving member retention, increasing competition revenues with greater participation in club events.
“The credit crunch has not passed by the golf industry and clubs have to devise new and intuitive ways to retain existing members and attract new ones,” says Jamie Abbott, MD of Intelligentgolf.
Intelligentgolf can also integrate with a club’s existing membership databases and websites, thus improving member communication, news, events and other golfing and social information such as pro shop sales, club occasions and course status.
“Group e-mails, notice boards, dynamic weather and booking lessons with the club pro are just some of the other benefits of having a fully integrated website,” added Abbott.
“There is no one size fits all solution, and we understand that clubs have different requirements, therefore we provide a bespoke approach.
“It is also more dependable because the back-up is centrally administered by Intelligentgolf, so there are no worries about the club PC breaking down or problems with viruses and malware.
“It frees the club administrators to do what they do best… managing golf.”
With some very exciting features on the horizon – including iPhone applications – Intelligentgolf continues to push the boundaries of how golf clubs use the internet.