It's happened to all of us -- you're looking to play 18 by yourself, or with one or two other friends, but you're uneasy about having a random person join to fill your foursome. They may be better (or worse) than you, they may be really impatient (or really slow) and, worst of all, their personalities may totally clash with yours.
Never again, says GolfMatch, an app that aims to rid you of awkward pairings for good.
GolfMatch replicates the online dating model in which users fill out personal information about themselves and their golf game -- everything from age, to skill level, to competitiveness -- to be matched with their ideal foursome. Users can also use the app to interact with potential playing partners by sharing updates, photos and videos to the app's public feed.
Complete with a built-in tee time booking system courtesy of GolfNow, GolfMatch looks to appeal to the younger generation of golfers by giving them ease of access to tee times and preferred partners. Because realistically, even when you're not the odd one out, it's brutal to have a stranger watch you hit a rather ungraceful shank while they're driving the green on every hole (I would know).
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Founder Peter Kratsios referred to GolfMatch in the Wall Street Journal as "a platonic golf connection." The app is free and has attracted over 30,000 members across the United States and Canada in just over a year.
Now, all you need is a smart phone to avoid playing with those guys who are more interested in beers than birdies -- or find them, if you want a fun round next weekend.