English Golf Courses

GREENi app gets trial at Pine Ridge

Operator Crown Golf tests app

PINE RIDGE GOLF CLUB is being used by club operator Crown Golf to host a two-month trial of the new GREENi pace of play software in an attempt to improve the speed of play on the course.

One of the UK’s most popular pay and play venues, Pine Ridge is encouraging golfers who pay a green fee during the trial to download the free GREENi Club app onto their smartphone.

The app, which runs silently on the golfer’s phone, only needs to be installed by one player in each group and it uses the phone’s GPS signal to monitor the group as they play their round. This allows the pro shop team to get a real time view of each group’s speed of play.

“A golf course builds its reputation over a number of years and while it is great to be popular, it is very important that clubs put measures in place to ensure that everyone gets around quickly,” said Elaine Jackson, general manager at Pine Ridge Golf Club.

“GREENi is already giving us instant insights into the pace of play on our golf course and we look forward to seeing the data.”

Before the start of the trial, Pine Ridge gave average per-hole playing times to GREENi’s engineers, who used these times to set up a ‘traffic light’ style warning system with groups  colour-coded to highlight players holding up play.

GREENi’s Steve Schindler said: “Pine Ridge is a good example of the ideal GREENi club. The second hole is quite tough, and it can often take far longer to play than the relatively simple opening hole, despite them both being par-4s.

“By using the app, the club can demonstrate average playing times, and this may help them build a business case for pace-quickening course alterations.”

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