Guest Guru: Billy Condon
As the Director of Marketing for GolfTripGenius.com, Billy tweets, promotes and helps get the word out about the company’s new software, one that could dramatically alter the landscape of golf trips and tournaments everywhere. How? By removing virtually all logistical headaches – scoring, scheduling, handicapping, wagers, etc – that unfortunately accompany the fun. You input your data; GTG.com’s algorithms and on-line toolkit do the rest.
“People have been going on golf trips for years – now we’re providing a tool for them that no one else does,” Billy says. “We save you the hassle of setting it up, plus make the experience more fun and social.”
Among its many cool features, GolfTripGenius.com will organize “Nassaus” and other formatted competitions, create pairing scenarios, and allow you to check out a real-time scoreboard during the trip or tournament, which all participants can view on their smart phones or iPads. The “Genius” edition of the software has even more options – including allowing you to create a “Trip Book,” to save all the memories, photos and final tallies – and is only $3 per golfer (the standard edition is $1 per) and capped at $249 total for the entire group.
“Individually, [the upgraded Genius Edition] is about the price of an extra drink at the bar,” Billy notes. “It’s a no-brainer!”
The company is also experimenting with a beta version of software that organizes leagues, keeping track of stats and standings over the course of a season (GolfLeagueGenius.com).
This week’s “Guest Guru,” Billy knows a thing or two about Tri-State area golf. Before joining GolfTripGenius.com in January, he spent four years working for the Metropolitan Golf Association – editing and writing “The Met Golfer,” and helping grow the brand of the organization and its championships through social media and other avenues.
Billy’s a West Hartford native who played college lacrosse at Union, and is generally a bit of an excitable guy – so it wasn’t exactly a challenge to get him talking about his favorite local courses.
BILLY CONDON’S GOLF COURSE PICKS
Best In Show: Sleepy Hollow Country Club – Briarcliff Manor, New York: “Tops the list from beginning to end. The clubhouse and practice facilities are phenomenal. The course is tremendous. It’s one of those places you can continue to play and never get tired of the challenge. The view from the 16th tee overlooking the Hudson is one of the best in golf”
East End Gem: The Bridge, Bridgehampton, New York: “Because it doesn’t get a lot of play throughout the year, it’s always in great shape. Firm and fast and can kick your butt. Situated on one of the highest points on the Island makes a post-round beverage at sunset pretty enjoyable.”
Tough Ticket: Sterling Farms Golf Course – Stamford, Connecticut: “Like Bethpage, the place is a golf factory – booked end to end, but there’s only 18 holes. You can be looking to get a quick 9 in after work and it’s still crowded. Great two-level driving range and the golf staff, Angela and Rob, are two of the best. The completion of a recent renovation makes this place a great option. Also a fun spot to grab a beer and some food with friends after your round.”
Precision Golf: The Country Club of Fairfield – Fairfield, Connecticut: “Some of the best views in the area – one of those old tracks that proves you don’t need to be long to challenge golfers of all level. Old school, traditional style of golf.”
Solid Local Muni: Griffith E. Harris Golf Course – Greenwich, Connecticut: “’The Griff’ is a fun spot. They just re-did the clubhouse and pro shop, which came out great. Easily accessible from both Westchester and Fairfield Counties.”
Swing School: GlenArbor Golf Club – Bedford Hills, New York: “Probably the best instruction facilities and teaching staff in the area. The teaching center, the range, and the short game area are all unbelievable. And that’s all before you experience the great layout of the course.”
Three-Headed Monster: Neshanic Valley Golf Course – Neshanic Station, New Jersey: Three nine-hole courses and each of them has a different character to it. You pull up and the clubhouse doesn’t seem like you’re at a public course. Provides a higher-end feel for public golfers without the price tag. Everything is professionally done.”