If you pay full-rate for a tee-time nowadays, you’re an idiot. The introduction of a variety of tee-time based websites has made finding a game easier and cheaper than ever before. No longer will you be making endless calls on Friday evening, looking for somewhere to play Saturday morning… it’s just a few clicks away.
There’s likely a website for your area, just google it to find out. Today I want to talk today about two of the best online tee-time booking websites… Golf Now and Golf Hub.
Golf Now is a great site, with a variety of features that really makes it one of the best online booking systems around. It allows you a variety of search options, so you can see tee-times in specific areas, times, and at special low rates.
URL – www.GolfNow.com
Locale – mostly in the USA, with some courses in Ontario, Canada.
Course Quality – You won’t find every golf course on Golf Now, but of the ones you do, most are decent tracks. You can also find quite a few top 500 courses and PGA tour stops on this site. You’ll have to do some searching to find the best deals.
Prices – you’ll see a variety of rates, depending on the course – you can even find golf as cheap as $5 for twilight.
Rewards – Every tee-time you buy earns you points towards free golf, and for many courses, if you’re a loyal customer, they’ll offer you some exclusive discounts, and free golf.
Payment – I’ve had no issues paying online with credit cards, and they offer other payment options if need be.
Also, keep a close eye on their use of icons – there can be many potential reasons your tee times are cheap – aeration, top dressing, 9-holes only. Vice versa, if a tee-time seems expensive, it may come with extra perks like, free drinks, cart, rental clubs, casino credits etc. So keep a close eye on those.
Just a Taste of the discounts:
Golf Hub is also a great booking tool, if you can’t find it on GolfNow.com, definitely give GolfHub a shot. With a wider variety of courses including more in Canada, and even across Europe, and a great community of forums and feedback – you’ll be able to play new courses, and already have buddies to join you no matter where you play.
Locales – Has the USA covered, includes British Columbia, PEI and Ontario for Canada, 6 countries in Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean, you have plenty of golf to choose from.
Course Quality – A great selection of golf courses, many of which golfnow does not have and plenty of higher-end tracks too.
Deals & Prices – very comparable to Golf Now, you can find tee-time as low as $5-10 in some places. Discounts as low as 85% off.
Payment – you can sign-up or sign-in as a guest and pay with a credit card for your tee-times.
Rewards – Just like GolfNow – the more you pay the more points you earn towards free golf. If you’re playing anyway, you might as well earn points while you do it.
Others – Downside -I don’t find the layout of GolfHub as user friendly as GolfNow, but other than that – both are great quality.
The forums and course reviews really add to the whole course experience in GolfHub. Be sure to click the “Show Details” on each of your tee-times for all the details. Also, coming soon with GolfHub, is the ability to book golf lessons, and learn about local golf tournaments and events you can enter
A little taste of the deals:
Westin Mission Hills, CA for $65.
Half Moon Bay for $74, CA – over 50% off.
Doral GC, FL from $40. TPC Blue Monster at Doral from $85 (regular $210+)
The next time you’re in the market for a tee-time, definitely give these resources a try.