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Comment from: Doug Colbeck [Visitor] Email
Bruce,

Thanks for the critique of our GolfLink Top Courses list.

As you noted, we take a different approach with our rankings and we are fully aware that there are some "interesting" selections in our Top List. It is true that our rankings are 100% determined by our site visitors and we do look at things beyond just how "good" a course is.

For example, "value" is one of the criteria. Obviously, Pebble Beach is a great course. But we consistently hear back from people that they don't think it's a great value and that they would probably not play it again because of the high cost. It still made the top 100, but it came in at #83, partly because it only scored 3 stars (out of 5) for "value."

Proximity is another factor. So even though Pebble Beach is a great course, what good is it if someone lives in Seattle? If there is a really good muni course near where they live that only costs $40 to play, doesn't that have a LOT more value to them? We think so, and we like that our Top List is different from the same ole, same ole lists that always have courses like Pebble Beach at the very top.

One final note about our user-based course reviews. GolfLink receives more traffic to golf course pages than any site. It also captures more course ratings than any other source. We currently have more than 25,000 course reviews, which is more than 4X as many the Zagats golf course guide. So if there is any entity that can make sense of the collective knowledge of the entire golf community, it is GolfLink.com. It won't always be perfect, but we feel that it is much more relevant to the average golfer than rankings that are subjectively determined by a very short list of self proclaimed "experts."

Doug Colbeck
GolfLink GM
2008-08-05 @ 14:24
Comment from: Bruce Stasch [Visitor] Email
Doug,

I'm a huge fan of looking at golf courses in a different way and 25,000 reviews is a testament to the willingness of golfers to do that. Where I diverge from what is out there is that all of the leading "review" sites, yours included, rely on golfers that choose to fill out the online form not based on their experience but only their willingness to fill out the form. The courses aren't being scored against each other using the same scale because it is just the rater's opinion. Unlike the USGA's method of rating a golf course in which all courses are judged by the same factors, a rating in the guides out there, both in print and online, lend themselves to bias because a course could have the club pro, the GM, the club president and his mother rate the course and there is no way to distinguish one review from another or the amount of bias inherent in those reviews.

I may be repeating myself, but regardless, I like the fact that your reviewers don't necessary follow lockstep with the rest of the world on marque courses like Pebble, Torrey Pines and Bethpage.

Bruce
2008-08-20 @ 20:40
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2010-11-05 @ 13:47
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2010-11-08 @ 11:44

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