Golf: App allows golfers to book a round via their phones

Live golf booking app Green Golf. PHOTOS: GREEN GOLF

SINGAPORE - A golf game is now more accessible and affordable, thanks to the launch of Green Golf, Asia's first live golf booking app.

Through a Visa credit or debit card, one can book a game at any tee time at any of the partner courses from Monday to Friday, through an iPhone or Android phone. The app can be downloaded for free.

The app is a win-win for both golfers and clubs as it grants players access to membership-exclusive golf courses and at the same time helps the clubs fill up unused tee times.

At the app's official launch at Orchid Country Club on Monday, director of marketing Simon Wood said: "Golf clubs are reporting unused tee times while golfers are finding it difficult to get onto the greens due to costly club memberships and green fees.

"Green Golf was created with the intention to bridge the gap and to continue to grow and develop the sport in Asia."

For instance, there is an ongoing promotion that allows an app user to pay just RM30 (S$10.13) for a full 18-hole round at Palm Resort Golf and Country Club, way below the usual walk-in rate of RM185. There are no restrictions on the number of times golfers can play. The promotion ends next month.

Aside from Palm Resort, Green Golf has partnered two other golf courses in Johor - Ponderosa Golf and Country Club, and Impian Emas Golf and Country Club - as well as Batam's Tering Bay Golf and Country Club.

More golf courses in the South-east Asian region will be included over the next six months, with the aim to offer up to 15,000 rounds of golf to each city every month.

In addition, children aged between eight and 16 will be able to play for free when booking through the app. There are also plans to provide affordable resources to budding golfers, including golf equipment rental, lessons and handicap maintenance within this year.

Wood said: "We hope to encourage the next generation of golfers to pick up and be exposed to the game from an early age."

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