Posted 22 July

Coming soon: our next generation of golf club software

We mentioned in our April issue that our next generation of software had been researched and specified...well, the demo version of its core element is already being shown to our golf club customers who told us what they really wanted from their software.

The club diary and tee time booking at the heart of the system

It's internet-based, as you’d expect, but unlike any other providers it uses a new online tee time booking system as the heart of the system for running the club, just like a club diary.

That will be underpinned with one customer database that captures both your members' personal details and your visitors' contact details from the green fee and society bookings, and lets your members update their own details so that your club complies with GDPR.

As you'd expect it will also have the full range of golf club applications for subscriptions, handicaps (until the Global Handicapping System comes into use), competitions, diary, and bookings.

Page design is far more user-friendly and intuitive

Much more importantly, the screen pages’ appearance has been designed to be both easy on the eye, and as intuitive as possible. The net result is that the demo version of the new s/w is getting very positive approval.

Works with our existing native members’ app

Club members are already well catered for with our existing and highly successful native mobile app, which pulls all the data and content above into a mobile-designed screen page, plus standard Open Solutions features like online top ups to the bar/competition/pro shop accounts. So your members can find everything within 2-3 taps.

Full integration with Golfworking websites

There will also be the full integration with Golfworking websites, optional integration with other website providers, and possibly two other optional and fully integrated features:

  1. An external visitor tee time marketing site; the options will be either TeeTimes.co.uk because Chipstead GC wanted it in the current s/w package, or the new PGA Play tee time marketing system based on our own tee sheet’s technology.
  2. The specialist golf club accounting package called Croft, so that all sales can be transferred automatically into the books instead of having to be done manually, saving lots more office time and cost.

Yes, but when?

The big question is: when will it be available as a complete, tested, and proven package? We're confident we'll be able to start showing all our golf club customers our next generation software by the end of the season, with the aim of going live in January 2019.