Irish software company GolfGraffix and its App, ClubNet provides digital alternatives to traditional golf services and they’re hoping their innovative technology can keep golf clubs open amid Coronavirus fears.
There’s not an industry in Ireland that hasn’t suffered from the fallout of COVID-19 but golf remains an activity that can promote social distancing and much-needed headspace at this time.
That’s why ClubNet by GolfGraffix CEO John Aherne is offering all golf clubs around Ireland access to the ClubNet App for the next three months, and longer if necessary, with no subscription fees, to help them fulfil club competitions at this normally bountiful time for golf in Ireland.
“ClubNet’s success is inextricably linked to the success of the Irish golf industry and as such, we would like to help the industry as we all get to grips with the effects the Coronavirus is having on golf in Ireland,” said Aherne.
“This version of the App will allow clubs to keep running competitions without their members having to use a scorecard or competition committees having to handle them.
“Given that the situation is changing on a daily basis, the push notifications will also allow you to send unlimited messages to your members and guests at no cost.”
The App will include;
- Digital Scorecard, with backend reporting (Fully connected to HandicapMaster, available from next week)
- News Section
- Unlimited push notifications
- Club Contact
- All Member accounts set-up
- All competitions set-up for the next 3 months
ClubNet is committed to setting up all the club competitions, creating all member accounts to access the App and will also carry out a video training session for golf club staff.
There will be a small one-off set-up cost capped at €250 while any club looking to keep the App after the situation has settled down will have their set-up fee converted to credit against any new cost.
Considering it takes ClubNet three hours to get each golf club up and running, and the usual installation fee comes in at around €2100, we believe this is a great opportunity for golf clubs to avail of superb technology that we hope will keep the fairways open in this time of need.
ClubNet currently serves around 110 golf clubs in Ireland and its system caters for 53,000 members. The App has long been established at clubs like County Louth, Portmarnock Links and Ballyliffin. It’s easy to use and above all else at this time, it promotes social distancing and presents golf clubs with a real option.
We’re aware that COVID-19 extends far beyond the golf course and the virus has really put things like the importance of sport into perspective in recent days. But we’re also cognisant of the need to look out for one another in whatever way possible over the coming weeks and months and if golf can play some small part in that, then we’re all for it.
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