Introducing Pay Per Hole Instead of Rounds



If you think you don’t have time to play golf, you might need a new excuse in the near future. is an early development web-based app that makes pay-per-hole golf available to golfers who only want to play a few holes at a time. As MORNING READ reported, is currently partnering with more than 35 courses in Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Phoenix and California’s Bay Area. And it’s coming soon to golf courses in Colorado, Maryland, Florida and New Zealand.

“ is golf just like you’ve always played it, but in shorter increments,” says the website. “Think of it as snack-sized golf. We’ve all been trained to consume golf as a full meal—18 holes or 9 holes. brings a new, time-aware way to play the game. You can play as little or as much as your valuable time allows, and only pay for the holes you play.” was co-founded by Harvey Silverman, 63, of Redwood City, California, and Mike Dickoff, 61, of Minnetonka, Minnesota.

In his research about why people didn’t play more golf, Silverman learned the top reason “by a large margin” was time. It wasn’t about money, he noted, although makes the game more economical with no harm to participating golf courses. Golfers only pay for the holes they play instead of a 9- or 18-hole rate. And it’s found money for golf courses because they’re attracting golfers who otherwise wouldn’t tee it up.

“We’re an impulse buy, like when you pick up something in the checkout line at the grocery store,” Silverman told MORNING READ. “It’s like, ‘I’ve got some time, I’ve got my clubs in the trunk, let’s see if a course near me is available right now for and if it is, I’ll stop off and play before I go home.’ There’s no tee time required. That’s how we’ve seen it being used. The average amount of play has been six holes.” also helps match up like-minded golfers and golf buddies who don’t have time for a full round. They can instead play six or fewer holes at a participating course.

No more excuses. As says, “Get off your butt and play a little bit.”

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Neil Sagebiel

Neil Sagebiel is a golf writer and author of two golf books published by St. Martin's Press, THE LONGEST SHOT and DRAW IN THE DUNES. He lives in Floyd, Virginia.

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