Thursday, April 13, 2017

TeeTimeHelper is Growing

It started with an idea. What would happen if you provide a simple, useful tool to help people organize their outings with their friends? We didn't know the answer to this beforehand, and we didn't have the time or money to do focus groups.

So we just built the basic functionality to TeeTimeHelper and wanted to see what would happen.  Four years later, we can chart our progress by the number of events we've helped organize.

Number of golf events organized by TeeTimeHelper

TeeTimeHelper is growing at approximately 40% each year, and appears to be accelerating. This is great news for our users because when we see a chart like this it inspires us to provide even more tools at no cost.

For example, we just added  a section"Upcoming Events" into every event details page so now all your events are tied together and you can easily flip between events.

We also added better navigation, better visual feedback for actions on the web site, and clearer messages throughout the site.

Happy Golfing!

The TeeTimeHelper Team

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easily Organize a Golf Shotgun Event with TeeTimeHelper

You can organize different types of events with TeeTimeHelper. In this blog post we will focus on quickly hosting a shotgun event.

A golf shotgun event means everyone tees off at the same with groups starting on different holes. This allows a golf facility to fill up to the entire course at one time instead of having everyone start on the first hole with 8-12 minutes between each group.

The primary benefits of the shotgun start are two-fold. First, everyone finishes around the same time so more people can participate in a lunch or activity after the event. Secondly, golf operations people like shotguns because more people can fill the golf course at one time instead of having open golf holes with no golfers.

Running a shotgun event with TeeTimeHelper is similar to hosting other types of golf events, many of the fields are the same such as event date/time and venue.

Simply select the maximum number of tee times for your shotgun and invite your golfers. We handle sending the e-mail invites and keeping track of who has RSVP'd.

We'll even send a reminder message to your golf group the day before the event starts.

If you change your mind and wish to change your event to different tee times no problem, the standard TeeTimeHelper interface can handle this quickly without removing your event.

Setup a shotgun event today

Happy Golfing!

The TeeTimeHelper Team

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

TeeTimeHelper Feature: Upcoming events displayed

Great news for regular golfers! You can now see a summary list of all the dates and venues of your upcoming events.

Just use any of the links e-mailed to you to check the status of an event and at the bottom all your upcoming events are conveniently listed.

As you can see you can easily see an overview of your events. When you switch back and forth between your golf events to see who is playing, change your RSVP or add a comment.

Setup your next golf outing with

Happy Golfing! Team

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Latest updates and fixes for TeeTimeHelper

We've made TeeTimeHelper more informative and easier to use with visual confirmation messages and big, bold buttons.

In the past TeeTimeHelper relied on wordy confirmation and error messages. We now use graphical elements to express what is happening with your RSVP's and event administration edits.

For example:

You can see the large green checkbox to confirm the golfer's information was changed. Conversely, we also show things that are not necessarily errors but not exactly confirmation that everything went as expected:

And then we also have the error messages such as:

And finally, we have made the buttons larger and easier to read, click and press:

As you can see the green buttons are larger and more distinguished. Also, when you hover the mouse over the button it will change to a different color to give you more visual feedback.

Please send us your comments for further TeeTimeHelper improvements! Some of our best ideas features have come from TeeTimeHelper users.

Happy Golfing!

The Team

Thursday, February 2, 2017

How to Run a Golf Tournament Easily

Organize a Golf Tournament 

Looking to set up a golf tournament for your friends, club, or charity event? Keeping track of invitees, paid participants, and current entries can be a challenge even for the most organized person.

Traditionally, these golf events were kept track on a notebook or spreadsheets with phone numbers. The fundamental problem with these methods is that the data is only known by few people until they decide to disseminate it. And it shifts the burden of work solely on those people, all the information bottlenecks through them.

 Luckly, we have advanced beyond the point of mailing around spreadsheets and making phone calls.

TeeTimeHelper can quickly send out RSVP's, organize your tee times, and give everyone the firsthand updates of the event status at any time. It's also simple and easy to use.

Using the one page event setup form you can create a golf outing and send your invites. You even have the option to allow the invitees to invite other guests - a great way to automatically grow your event. It's like delegating your marketing efforts to your participants which means less work for you!

At any point you can "lock" your event so no more changes can be made. And then you have the option to randomize the groups. You may wish to easily e-mail only the people who will be attending your golf outing...of course TeeTimeHelper can do that, too.

And when everything is set, print out your start sheet from TeeTimeHelper and you are ready to run your event.

So organize your golf tournament today!

The TeeTimeHelper Team

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

TeeTimeHelper supports large events and outings

TeeTimeHelper offers support for shotgun events and general RSVP's.

In order to facilitate organizing these larger groups TeeTimeHelper now does more checking to avoid potential problems. For example, we now check for duplicate events which can avoid time consuming corrections.

Also, we are now showing a progress bar when an operation can take longer so the organizer can see that TeeTimeHelper is still processing the request and not abort or reload the web page.

Both of these enhancements will help organizer easily create events and provide more user feedback as the event is created and administered.

The TeeTimeHelper Team

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Randomize golf groups improved

We have dramatically improved the randomization of tee times for TeeTimeHelper. In the past the algorithm simply filled the tee times to the maximum number allowed in each group with the partial groups at the end. This resulted in smaller groups scheduled to go out after the full groups which probably results in slower play.

We have now made it so the smaller groups go out first. Also, if the number of golfers evenly divides into the number of tee times we use that so the groups move around hopefully at the same pace.  For example, if you have 6 players and 2 tee times we will group them as 3 and 3 instead of 2 and 4.

Also, before submitting we will tell you how many people will be in each group so when you do randomize your golf event there will be no surprises .. except for who is playing together!

Happy golfing,

The TeeTimeHelper Team