Golf Hackathon


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Welcome to Hack Golf—an open-innovation initiative
aimed at crowdsourcing the future of the game.


In the current phase of Hack Golf, we’re asking you to help us diagnose and establish the definitive list of golf’s frustration factors: what makes the entire, end-to-end golf experience less fun than it should be?

To help guide your feedback, below are 10 categories describing different aspects of the golf experience. Please select one or more of these categories and share with us your frustrations and ideas for addressing these (we'll be developing ideas more fully in subsequent phases).


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By Anonymous on September 1, 2014

Slow Play ! Many golfers in golf cars do not go to each players ball as those who walk. There are two golfers at one players ball and sometimes four players at one players ball. They all wait to go to their ball until the first player hits his ball. Some players take a long time to place their...

By on August 30, 2014

Unable to reach par 4 in regulation.
Our course has not adopted "Tee It Forward"

By Victor Bond on August 29, 2014

The fear of embarrassment with new players in new places is one of the biggest downers in traveling golf. Those of us who have golfed and traveled a lot [I was with IBM for 15 years] know exactly what I mean. And even when things are decent, there's rarely any human engagement. Just having...

By Victor Bond on August 29, 2014

Embarrassment - and the fear of being embarrassed - is the most frustrating thing about golf, period. It inhibits play and improvement, and it drives people from the game.
We all talk about being mentally tough, but who are we fooling? Few can overcome this without support.

By Rich Tucker on August 29, 2014

I believe there could be different rules for amateurs.

By Mark Wolcott on August 28, 2014

I remember soon after I started playing golf I went out on a business outing. The better golfers in the group insisted we all play from the back tees. I struggled all day just to get my ball near the edge of the fairway. Not a fun day at all!

By Ronald Kronthal on August 27, 2014

Pace of play
Length of experience
Price of play

By Ron Sisson on August 27, 2014

…Wait a minute! That's an old Rolling Stones song where currently, I can only wish the "wealth" part were true!

Actually, I'm a man of many years of experience both as a golfer (started at age 10) and as a Professional Golf Coach with close to 30 years of full time teaching experience...

By Victor Bond on August 26, 2014

All the usual suspects, plus one.
Cost, time, and difficulty, plus embarrassment, which is in our view the greatest inhibitor to enjoying and improving play.