Golf Empire - Charging for advanced search function

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Just logged onto Golf Empire to search for a local open to play in. Been a registered user for some time. Today I can't access the advanced search function without paying for an upgrade.

When did this happen? I don't remember receiving a notification of this change.

It's only £4.99 p.a (discounted from £19.99) but I do feel this is a bit cheeky to introduce a charge for viewers of the site.
 

Old Colner

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It was only a matter of time once they introduced the registration process.

I live on the county border and have the choice to play at clubs in about four or five counties within an hours drive, it does make it a little tedious but have found alternatives.
 
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why a bit cheeky? why shouldnt a company charge for its product and search functions? you can still use most of the site for free

if you dont want to pay it search manually

Because it is a virtual marketplace advertising / selling product. I can't off the top of my head think of anywhere else I pay to search for something I might want to buy.

For example - holiday cottages, concert tickets, car leasing
 
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Noticed yesterday, I paid the £4.99 but really can’t understand why im paying to click on a link to golf club website. 🤣 I’ve booked all the ones I want to play this year. I won’t be paying again. I’ll just think of the courses I want to play and enter through the clubs website.
Funnily enough you didn’t have to register at all at one point.

No really, why have I actually paid it?!
 
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Just logged onto Golf Empire to search for a local open to play in. Been a registered user for some time. Today I can't access the advanced search function without paying for an upgrade.

When did this happen? I don't remember receiving a notification of this change.

It's only £4.99 p.a (discounted from £19.99) but I do feel this is a bit cheeky to introduce a charge for viewers of the site.
After a lot of deliberation we introduced it on Wednesday.

Like others have said every event (over 10,000) is completely accessible for free on the website still, just like it always has been... for the last 23 years!

The "Advanced Search Area", which really is a fantastic tool to filter & drill down to find events, is an option which we feel is worth a small fee for the convenience. Some will no doubt disagree.

In many ways we have created a bit of a monster because we are charged on a 'per search' basis which is unfortunately unsustainable going forwards... so it came down to either having the feature and making a small charge for those who think it's worth it or not have it all.

(Ed)
 

3offTheTee

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We all have a choice. I think Golf Empire is an excellent site and has made booking Opens so easy. There was a Scottish Golf app from a few years ago, cannot remember the name, which was nowhere near as good.

Less than 10p per week if you want it
 

williamalex1

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We all have a choice. I think Golf Empire is an excellent site and has made booking Opens so easy. There was a Scottish Golf app from a few years ago, cannot remember the name, which was nowhere near as good.

Less than 10p per week if you want it
In Scotland the Wee yellow book is still an option @ £7+PP, I think they also have an online version.
 
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It's a good tool. I was happy to spend a fiver to get the search by date function. I'm often trying to fill gaps in my calendar between club comps so this is definitely worth the price of a pint.
 

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In many ways we have created a bit of a monster because we are charged on a 'per search' basis
Just curious, what services are you using to deliver this search that are charged per “action”? Something on AWS?
 
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