Does it ever drive you crazy that there’s all these totally amazing golf courses in your area that are unavailable to you because you can’t (or won’t) dish out the $100k+ annual membership fee associated with the course? I know it does for me..
For those kindred spirits who feel the same gnawing ache to play these private courses, I give you Boxgroove.com..
This website is such an awesome concept that I was surprised it took someone this long to come up with it…
In a nutshell, Boxgroove.com is the GolfNow.com of private golf courses. To dumb it down even more (for those of you who may not know what golfnow is..), Boxgroove.com is a website where you can book tee times to private golf courses within your area!
How cool is that?
For those fellow Orlandoians, that means a potential opportunity to play courses like Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, Isleworth Country Club (helloooo Tiger Woods), and not to mention a little course known as Bay Hill..
All these completely awesome golf courses are no longer going to be out of reach for those of us “common” golfers. 🙂
The structure of the website is pretty cool, along with playing private golf courses, you get to be a part of a golf community where you can interact with other, like minded golfers. I had an hour long conversation with McRedmond Morelli (yes, that’s his REAL name) discussing all the features and possibilites of Boxgroove.com and I was thoroughly impressed with some of the ideas he has. I’m sure I’m going to forget to mention a few of them but I’ll do my best to recall all the features we discussed.
Once you sign up, you create a profile, upload your picture and answer some general interest questions about yourself. Once that’s complete, other golfers can view that info and evaluate you as a potential playing partner. So, for example, if you’re both Orlando Magic fans, who like smoking cigars and betting you’re more likely to hit it off than someone who is allergic to smoke, hates the magic and is recovering from a gambling addiction. 🙂 When you find someone who could be an awesome playing partner, you can schedule a round together.
Once the round is done, you can leave feedback on the person you played with so that other members will know if so and so is a stand up guy, or the opposite. I think this is a pretty cool feature, because no one wants to be stuck on a golf course with a guy who is constantly grating the nerves…
Depending on the course, you as a member of boxgroove.com can book and host a round for players who are not currently members. I think this has the potential to be a great business tool. How impressive would it be to a perspective client if you could get them on to some swanky high dollar establishment?
Also, if you’re a member of a country club, you can post up invitations to other folks in the area who you might be interested in meeting or getting them out to the course.
As a member, you’ll also be able to request tee times to play particular courses that aren’t presently offering any tee times in a given time slot.
I’m sure theres some other features I’ve missed, but this is the gist of what the website presently does.
There’s an annual membership fee of $49 bucks, but man, compaired to what you get, that’s a drop in the bucket.
Let me know if you sign up, i’ve got a profile up there and I’m member # 11521
Check it out! Boxgroove.com
Oh, if you’re a private golf course who’d like to get involved with boxgroove, shoot me an email or give me a call and I can forward all the contact info on to you.