This Week at WorldGolf.com: Feb. 26, 2008
WorldGolf.com readers help other golfers with course reviews, club reviews, more
Giving golfers like you a forum was one of our main goals when we relaunched WorldGolf.com just about a year ago. We felt it was important to provide not just our thoughts on all things golf, but other golfers' thoughts as well.
Reading through the steady stream of reader-submitted golf course reviews that we're receiving, it's clear that our commitment to giving golfers a voice is touching a nerve.
Each month more and more course reviews are being posted. Comparing this month to last February, we've seen staggering growth, an increase of more than 530 percent.
Folks post a review just wanting to rave about a course they love, pan a course they feel is sub-par or over-priced, or brag about playing a famous track and maybe even scoring well. It could be that some post a review just wanting to show off their course photos. (And, sure, some just hope to win a free golf book by posting a course review.)
With the success of our reader golf course ratings, we also recently launched the WorldGolf.com Equipment Room, a database of golf clubs where readers can find info on the latest offerings from leading manufacturers, plus photos and reviews from our contributors. What's more, you can post your own reviews and ratings of golf clubs there, and see what other golfers are writing. Our goal is to help you use the Equipment Room to make more informed purchases.
Our regular team members - in addition to covering tournaments like the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship, reviewing new golf equipment, offering commentary and blogs, producing podcasts, video golf tips and more - log a ton of travel miles to write the bylined golf course reviews and shoot the photo galleries that we publish at WorldGolf.com.
Still, we know there's tremendous value in raw, unvarnished input direct from other readers. In deciding where to spend your money, sometimes other average golfers can give you a decision-making edge. We appreciate how you reader reviewers tell it like it is. And here at HQ, we appreciate that, unlike our staff guys, you're not always taking off with the sports section and drinking the last Red Bull.
As always, WorldGolf.com welcomes your comments.
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