Tee time booking and restrictions on how many times a week you can book

Liverpoolphil

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What I have learned over the last 14 days is how unappreciated some members are and also how unaware they are of others members needs also how some just want to act as if it’s normal

We started off 2 balls on 9 holes and only 2 rounds and used the IG limiter they created

First members found a way around it and then told other members how to do it

We then decided to go to 18 holes at the weekend so we then allowed people to book more times during the week but not to go mad - some of course booked everyday

We are now at 18 holes and decided on 3 rounds a week and now people complaining that’s not enough. Just can’t win with some people. They have again found a way to be able to book more than 3 and continue to attempt to book at 4th despite numerous emails - just self self self

And then we add the Ladies - we wanted to have every tee time all week long open for everyone , no block bookings or reserved spots beyond two a day for the people who don’t use the IT - Nope not the ladies , ended up forcing through a block booking on their regular Tuesday spot to create their “Ladies Day” - it’s not gone down well and can see things getting worse and I suspect they are going to lose any ability to play in comps at weekend
 

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What I have learned over the last 14 days is how unappreciated some members are and also how unaware they are of others members needs also how some just want to act as if it’s normal

We started off 2 balls on 9 holes and only 2 rounds and used the IG limiter they created

First members found a way around it and then told other members how to do it

We then decided to go to 18 holes at the weekend so we then allowed people to book more times during the week but not to go mad - some of course booked everyday

We are now at 18 holes and decided on 3 rounds a week and now people complaining that’s not enough. Just can’t win with some people. They have again found a way to be able to book more than 3 and continue to attempt to book at 4th despite numerous emails - just self self self

And then we add the Ladies - we wanted to have every tee time all week long open for everyone , no block bookings or reserved spots beyond two a day for the people who don’t use the IT - Nope not the ladies , ended up forcing through a block booking on their regular Tuesday spot to create their “Ladies Day” - it’s not gone down well and can see things getting worse and I suspect they are going to lose any ability to play in comps at weekend
I have been saying for some time now that this pandemic is bringing out the best and worst in people.

On the plus side are the selfless actions of key workers and so many in local communities, who have thought of innovative ways of helping others.

But at the other end of the spectrum we have so many selfish, self centred people who couldn’t give two hoots about anyone else. From stockpiling loo paper (I’m going to get to the bottom of that one day - pun intended), to some of the behaviour you describe. A lot of it will live long in the memory and do lasting damage to personal and business relationships.

Clubs are doing their absolute best to be fair to everyone and yet every day we all find countless examples of individuals who clearly think the rules don’t apply to them.

Frankly, I’m sick and tired of it.
 

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This coming Saturday, our tee is booked solid from 0555 to 1605.
Crackers. I’m not enjoying the 2 ball rounds I’ll be totally honest. It’s Killing the love of golf for me.
The lack of competitive golf is no fun either.
 

BrianM

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Email from secretary reminding people that you are only allowed 2 tee times a week, Monday through to Sunday.
There is some right selfish gits out there, the club are doing their best yet people still try and abuse it.
 
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We do it through BRS and you can book yourself as either a singleton, or as a pair with a named person. (so, no booking as AN Other, or Guest or similar). You also have to book the other person in at the same time as you make the booking. You can't book as a singleton & go back in later to add someone. If you book as singleton, the second space is up for grabs by whoever sees it first. Nor can you delete a named person - the named person has to do it themselves. So that means you can't just think, "oh, I'll put down my mate Brian and sort it afterwards" and then change it later to another mate. And if "Brian" is on the list, then "Jim" cant turn up in his place - the only people who can play are those named on the system.

Seems to work - but as we can book once per day 7/7, we're not having to deal with people who are booking too many times per week. (Don't think we have anyone try to book more than once per day!) We do have a few who are playing everyday - but they are falling away in number now.
 

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This week I cannot get a tee time before 18:00. I’ve booked 2 tee times for next week now just so I can get out there.
There’s no restrictions by the looks of it, just crazy busy now the course has been opened to visitors. I wonder how the members only clubs are getting on??
 

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Surely if a club can see who is breaking the rules (I assume it must be easy to run a report or simply track manually) then why not ban them from booking for say two weeks. Once one or two can't book and others find out why (word of mouth is powerful in things like this) then hopefully it'll get the message through. Reinforce it with a universal email reminding members of their limits and highlight the penalties and see what happens then and if they ignore the mail apply the ban
 

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Our booking for Friday went online at 10am and was very busy, but not mentally so, maybe having two courses helped - there's a couple of late (7.30pm onwards) places still available.

I booked about half an hour after times went live and got 9.30am on the smaller course, happy with that - I'd have had little choice on the main one where most times had gone in first five minutes.

We are doing bookings up to two days in advance through BRS and you can book either a two ball or a single - if you book as a single then you may get someone booking alongside you. To add a third player you have to book online and then phone in to add the extra person.

As far as I can see we could book to play every day under present, though I did notice that we can only book one tee time per day
 

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We had a stern email from the D of G outlining , once again, the booking process and giving a reminder to people who have accidentally breached the rules and those who have, quite frankly, taken the pee, that the committee are looking at what sanctions can be imposed on repeat offenders.
Those who had too many times boomed have been asked to remove them or the will " be removed on your behalf"...
This week is rammed as it would have been half term week, many will already have booked the time off and have nowhere to go
When I looked this morning there was roo to add 14 players to the times between 7am this morning and close of play Saturday evening- all after 6.30.
 

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We started off 2 balls on 9 holes and only 2 rounds and used the IG limiter they created

First members found a way around it and then told other members how to do it
Curious about that. We use the IG limiter, set to 3 bookings in the next 7 days.It seems to work, when I tested it, I couldn‘t book a 4th. Only way I know of over riding it is by someone with Admin rights, e.g the Pro, where an available tee time can be booked on the day but only by phoning the shop.
 

Liverpoolphil

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Curious about that. We use the IG limiter, set to 3 bookings in the next 7 days.It seems to work, when I tested it, I couldn‘t book a 4th. Only way I know of over riding it is by someone with Admin rights, e.g the Pro, where an available tee time can be booked on the day but only by phoning the shop.
The limiter is on a rolling basis and it ignores the day you are playing

So if you book three tee times for say Monday to Wednesday, on Monday you can book for Thursday, Tuesday you can book for Friday , Wednesday you can book for Saturday etc as the system will only see you have 3 live tee bookings due to ignoring the day you are on

It doesn’t work on a “static” week ie - Monday to Sunday.
 

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The limiter is on a rolling basis and it ignores the day you are playing

So if you book three tee times for say Monday to Wednesday, on Monday you can book for Thursday, Tuesday you can book for Friday , Wednesday you can book for Saturday etc as the system will only see you have 3 live tee bookings due to ignoring the day you are on

It doesn’t work on a “static” week ie - Monday to Sunday.
OK, so it works as I expected and explained by IG. It’s the number of bookings in the next 7 days. In your example it assumes there are enough tee times available on the Thursday, Friday etc. Members could have booked on Monday, Thursday and Saturday for example.
 

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Just got a message saying our June medal is on (no money, or 2's)....over 4 days to make sure everybody gets a shot. Late June........waiting for something to happen before I research this one....
 

Liverpoolphil

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OK, so it works as I expected and explained by IG. It’s the number of bookings in the next 7 days. In your example it assumes there are enough tee times available on the Thursday, Friday etc. Members could have booked on Monday, Thursday and Saturday for example.
What it means is that you can book 7 days in a row , it’s only a restriction on future bookings so it didn’t work how it was initially described to us. We and other clubs expected it to just only allow a specific amount in a set 7 days but it didn’t and people learned quickly that it ignored the day you are on. We still have people now abusing them requests.
 

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As you know, I'm against it at the best of times but I just don't see how single sex block bookings can possibly be justified under the current circumstances.
The response was “the Ladies have a historic booking on a Tuesday and those ladies don’t play any other time in the week because they get intimidated by the men”

We have a meeting tomorrow and it will be highlighted that every single one of those ladies that are in the reserved booking also managed to book rounds on other days as well - they have shot themselves in the foot and did it very publically
 

Liverpoolphil

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Yeah, might almost have had some sympathy if the reason had stood up to scrutiny. (almost)
I fully understand that there are new golfers and people of an age that would take a little bit longer and there are some ladies that only play 9 each week - we had 4 spots a day reserved for those people but they refused it and wanted the block booking.

Members are looking into equality laws etc etc and it could get messy
 
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