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Blog Home / GolfNow.com 800 courses and counting

Monday, February 27, 2006

GolfNow.com 800 courses and counting

We are happy to see that many new courses are working with GolfNow.com to post tee times. Our community is growing, tournaments are doing great and we are having fun organizing them.

We are working hard to bring more areas on line and you will read about them here first.

With 11,000 public courses available, we have some heavy lifting to do. Make sure you tell your home course about our community and service.

Blog Home / Mashup Camp

Monday, February 20, 2006

Mashup Camp

Mashup Camp

We are out in Mountain View, CA for the first Mashup Camp where I have bumped into some of the most energistic and smart internet entrepreneurs and investors on the planet.

Next to GolfNow.com, edgeio.com and eventful.com looked to be the coolest web applications. Not far behind is flyspy.com.

Tonight we had a chance to present GolfNow.com to fellow internet developers and the response was good.

Looking forward to the conference tomorrow.

Blog Home / A tribute to San Francisco golfers

Sunday, February 19, 2006

A tribute to San Francisco golfers

You have to really love golf to play in the San Francisco Bay area during the winter. I forget how spoiled I am living, working and playing golf in Phoenix and Scottsdale.

We have had 120 days without rain, San Fran - seems like 120 with. What to wear?

My partner Brad was going to pass on a round last weekend in Phoenix because it was a little windy (guests to 12/hour). I reminded him it is 85 degrees and his wife was letting him. Go brave Brad and don't forget your cardigan!

Problems, Problems!

Anyways, thanks to all the hearty golf707 folks that continue to book rounds through the winter weather that sweeps across the bay from time to time.

Blog Home / GolfNow.com welcomes partner Golfsmith

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

GolfNow.com welcomes partner Golfsmith

Exciting stuff for our community of golfers at GolfNow.com. The good people of Golfsmith have decided to partner with us in our exciting Event series.

Our tournaments in Phoenix and now Chardonay in Northern California have all been sellouts and prove that our community is working. Real golfers just want to play and compete.

Great prizes from Golfsmith and more great deals are coming your way.

For those that want to join our list of event sponsors - we have lot's of ideas cooking - email me at howard@lindzon.com or better yet, Gary Larcus - glarcus@cypgolf.com.

Blog Home / Blogging - making golf monthlies irrelevant - FAST!

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Blogging - making golf monthlies irrelevant - FAST!

I have been spending much of the last six months scouring the internet and specifically, the blogging world, in search of great golf editorial and equipment reviews.

Although not nearly as far along as the financial blogging world, the meteoric improvement is worth noting. Just a few weeks ago, Time Warner purchased Golf.com which shows that even in Golf media, the internet is powerful. My view is that the bloggers offer just as much value and cost you - the community of GolfNow.com and the web - nothing. With time being the main cost (and sinking fast from community filters), the value proposition for readers is staggering.

At our GolfNow community, we now have links to bloggers and news. Technology has advanced to the point where small companies, not focused on media, but services, can offer much of the same content as their big media brethren. Great news for companies focused on unique services in many industries.

This is a trend that will intensify. Five years ago, the Time Warner acquisition of a great piece of internet golf real estate like Golf.com, would have struck fear in the heart of any golf ineternet entrepreneur and doubled Time Warner's stock. When announced a few weeks ago, it was a YAWNER for AOL's stock and scared few golf bloggers. Personally, I think it just made Golf.com too corporate for what golfers need from the internet. Congrats to investors in Golf.com, happy hunting for good bloggers.

Blog Home / Pebble Beach - as perfect as it looks!

Pebble Beach - as perfect as it looks!

I have had the sheer joy of playing Pebble Beach - once! It was an invite from a generous friend and I took it - leaving my family behind in San Diego to fly up for the night.

Of course, it lives up to every expectation. It starts out rather nicely, gets seriously tougher as you go and by the end of the round, when your score is not that important anymore, the beauty takes over to ease your suffering.

The one thing that I still can't get over was/is - the tiny size of the greens. After seeing the course hundreds of times on television and EA Sports, it was just the one thing that stood out when I got the chance to play.

I hope everyone is so lucky.

Blog Home / Screw Work, Play Golf!

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Screw Work, Play Golf!

A good post from golftimes:

The Greatest Moral of Any Story Ever Told
In 1923, Who Was:

1. President of the largest steel company?

2. President of the largest gas company?

3. President of the New York Stock Exchange?

4. Greatest wheat speculator?

5. President of the Bank of International Settlement?

6. Great Bear of Wall Street?

These men were considered some of the worlds most successful of their day. Now, 80 years later, the history book asks us if we know what ultimately became of them.

The Answers:

1. The president of the largest steel company, Charles Schwab, died a pauper.

2. The president of the largest gas company, Edward Hopson, went insane.

3. The president of the NYSE, Richard Whitney, was released from prison to die at home.

4. The greatest wheat speculator, Arthur Cooger, died abroad, penniless.

5. The president of the Bank of International Settlement, shot himself.

6. The Great Bear of Wall Street, Cosabee Livermore, also committed suicide.

However, in that same year, 1923, the PGA Champion and winner of a major golf tournament , the US Open, was Gene Sarazen. What became of him? He played golf until he was 92, died in 1999 at the age of 95. He was financially secure at the time of his death.

The Moral: Screw work. Play golf.

Amen!

Golf Times

Blog Home / 50/50 for the weekend

50/50 for the weekend

I said that Jonathon Kaye was going to do well at the FBR Open - wrong!

110 days without rain - correct!

P.S. - I wish those Thunderbird people would get rid of those awful blue velour smocks or ponchos. So lame already. It is time for an update. I know they help the community with their good charity work - all the more reason to wear some cotton!

Blog Home / Prize Money gone wild

Prize Money gone wild

$936,000 for winning the Phoenix Open. Good work if you can get it. J.B.Holmes fresh from 6 rounds in the 60's at the Q school where he walked away with the medal, the Phoenix Open seems like a walk in the park.

He won going away which is nice to see, winning by seven strokes. The guy can play.

The money - crazy! One tenth place finish and a win and J.B. Holmes becomes the fastest PGA plaer to win $1 million. It took Retief Goosen five tournaments to reach $1 million in 2001.

By the way, Tiger wins Dubai. Looked like a Phoenix golf course to me. This time it was Els that gagged in sudden death. The legend grows.

Blog Home / Awesome Day at the Phoenix Open

Friday, February 03, 2006

Awesome Day at the Phoenix Open

The perfect day to watch golf. Sunny, warm and no wind. My brother-in-law and I settled in at the 18th tee to watch the pro's launch drives. Daly hit the longest of the day, but I think he missed the cut. He could care less.

We headed to the 16th - "The Loudest Hole in Golf" - and positioned ourselves against the ropes at the 17th tee, a reachable par 4 (338 yards, with the pin cut deep). The perfect spot to watch the tee shots and putting at the 16th and the drives at 17.

We heckled and bood the ones that missed the green. Nowhere else is that acceped. On 17, the guys are driving the ball and it is like a hockey game - noise level. It is amazing how far off line they can hit balls when they miss. I thought that more guys would hit the green on 17. Maybe 2 out of 40.

Best swings - Mike Weir and Vijay Singh.

They are all in great shape now and it is amazing how different all the swings are when you get close and watch.

Looking forward to a weekend of Phoenix Open golf and the Super Bowl.

Blog Home / Friday at FBR

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Friday at FBR

Heading to the 16th hole grandstands for the Friday round. Lot's of local talent on the leaderboard after round 1.

I plan on following Jonathan Kaye for a few holes. I stopped by one of the PGA information computers the other day and read his bio. "He likes indoor activities and coloring". You gotta love that those answers snuck past the stiff shirts at the PGA.

I think he plays well tomorrow to get into contention for the weekend.

By the way, Tom Lehman is looking 10 years younger. He had to have lost 40-50 pounds. Be nice to see him challenge. He looked like the friendliest guy at the pro-am.

Lot's of players playing the Nike "Sasquatch". What a awful name and awful looking driver. It helps that Tiger is pounding the ball with the ugly stick. Nike is making it's mark on the PGA.

Blog Home / Mr. Daly - wake up!

Mr. Daly - wake up!

A lot of people at the Open yesterday weer looking for Mr. Daly to walk up the 18th. It said so on their programs. NOT!
Most disappointed I am sure are the pro-am partners that ponied up $8,000 to play with him. At least it was a perfect day for golf - 106 and counting.

By the way, Tiger needs to shave hi little scraggly goatee. It makes him look chubby. Wonder what they are saying in Dubai?

Cheers