Golf event live scoring. 10 reasons you’ll want it at your next golf day

So what exactly is golf event live scoring? Rather than the traditional way of signing a playing partners card and never knowing if your first or last until everyone’s back in the clubhouse, with live scoring your invitees can see their exact status in real time live on the course. You’ve seen the pros with the broadcasters track scores on the leader board and now you can bring that same immersive experience to any golf day with golf event live scoring technology.

There’s nothing better than having the excitement of playing well and walking back to the clubhouse never quite knowing where you’ve come, but with many aspects of golf event live scoring you can hide the finishing holes and heighten this anticipation. This is the beauty of using a live scoring system where you can tailor the app to suit any type of event and improve every invitee’s experience.

With so many benefits of golf event live scoring we thought we would capture our top ten reasons why you should play your next event live.


A golf day could host up to 144 players on a 18 hole shotgun start but typically they tend to be closer to half this. Even so, that’s rather a lot of old-fashioned scorecard writing and endless spreadsheets and tee sheet organising. The beauty of golf event live scoring starts before the event with all your tee sheets and scorecards electronically created and sent out digitally to players in advance of the day.


One shot, two shots, no shots. When it comes to handicaps and slope ratings, things can get complicated, especially if you’re checking over an error ridden card. Once the players official handicaps have been entered the system interprets all data so there’s no working out of any points/handicaps. Simply enter a single gross score and the device does all the hard work for you, even calculating your team score – whatever the format, and there’s quite a few!


It’s not fair to rely on any invites having enough power to run a scoring app over the period of a four-hour game. With golf event live scoring all devices are handed out by your host and provided to players (one per team) on the day. So, no players need to use their own mobile devices and data allowance.


A live in play leader board is generated for all on the course to keep an eye on and for players in the clubhouse to see. Links are also available on social media so everyone back in the office or even across the world can watch the event unfold. Where some players might have played varying number of holes, the system can predict their position to give a more accurate interpretation of the tournament status.


No matter if your golf day is to raise money for charity or to enhance your business, the ability to tailor the event is important and it doesn’t stop with the live scoring. You can brand the tee sheet, scorecard & leader board to match your event colours. You can upload two different logo images so you can have a brand and separate event logo. You can also personalise the overall colour scheme to complement the visual appearance.


We mentioned earlier that you can have both the on-course excitement and maintain the anticipation up until the clubhouse announcement. With golf event live scoring you can hide the last 3 holes or any specific number you wish from the leader board. This keeps the suspense for the presentation and your clients engaged right until the very end.


Unlike a paper scorecard you could show adverts on the digital device between holes and across the scorecard. This gives you a great opportunity to get the live scoring holes sponsored for the day or continually keep your advertising message highlighted on the event leader board. If you’ve got a beat the pro, longest drive or closest to the pin, you can use the advertising to promote on the run up of earlier holes.


Typically, most golf events feature the same old scoring formats but with golf event live scoring you can choose from a huge variety including: Stableford, Medal, Betterball, Best scores to count on specific holes/pars, Ryder Cup format, ‘Amen Corner’ competition, Skins, Waltz, Texas Scrambles. This gives you a great chance to make your golf day niche with a new and innovative format or to play dual format competitions at the same time!


Not all events have a shotgun start so you’ll have players stretched out over the course all day. With golf event live scoring you’ll be able to track those players across the course. You can see slow groups and get a far better idea of the pace of play allowing you to be in better control of your events timings so you can make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.


As soon as the final scores are input the results are instantly available and handed to event organisers with countback automatically worked out. So, you’ll not have a rush trying to double check all the scorecards before announcing the prize winners. What’s even better is that all result links & PDFs are created and available to be circulated digitally to your invitees after the event. This means you can incorporate the live scoring into a powerful digital newsletter where you can communicate with you invitees after the event is over.

So if you’re thinking of bringing out the paper scorecards for your next event, take a second to think if you, your brand or your invitees might benefit from golf event live scoring.

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