ForeLinksters provides golfers with a way to find highly recommended and top rated golf courses. The site caters to local golfers as well as those who are traveling. Listings include discount tee times and hotel rates so users can plan a cost effective trip that includes their favorite pastime. The homepage presents a search tool that allows users to find course by city and state. A list of top rated locations is also available as well as a ForeLinksters golfing blog that discusses various locations. Users who do not see their favorite golf courses can add them. Each course is presented with contact details, location information, price range, a description, photos, reviews, embedded Google Maps, nearby courses and a Priceline hotel finder tool that uses the golf course location to find the closest accommodations.
ForeLinksters was launched in 2008 by Purple, Rock, Scissors. The website looks good and holds a lot of potential, although to date it is still lacking in some areas. Users cannot see how many users rated a golf course (only the overall tally is revealed). This does not give the user a good idea of how many people actually shared their opinion, since a rating that includes the opinions of 50 users would be deemed more accurate than a rating that includes only one or two opinions. A mobile version is also not available so users must wait until they get home from their golf trip to post reviews. The site still offers a helpful service, although no official comment has been made regarding the addition of these or other features.
ForeLinksters offers a simple golf course search tool. This is not a terribly original concept since there are other websites out there that do the same (many with more interactive features for users). However that doesn’t mean the site doesn’t offer anything of value to a user. Golfers can see how ForeLinksters users rated their favorite courses and use the Priceline tool to find hotels nearby. The site also lists price ranges and a link to the official golf course website for each location.
The appearance of ForeLinksters is one of the site’s strong points. A soft blue background hints at a clear, bright day while deep green hues are found throughout the website. Location lists and course pages are kept nice and neat, with organized columns and plenty of open space so the user’s eyes can easily skim for the details they need. ForeLinksters is overall a user friendly website that makes it easy for golfers to find a place to enjoy their favorite sport.
New users can join ForeLinksters by clicking the grey “Get Started Now” button found along the right hand side (inside the green “Create your Membership” box). The following page presents the user with the registration form (which may require a little scrolling down to find). A blue and white “Connect” button is available at the top of the form for users who prefer to sign up with an existing Facebook account. Others can fill out the form below, which requires a username, email address, password and zip code. The user is also asked how they found ForeLinksters and must enter a Captcha code. Two check boxes are available at the bottom of the form. One must be selected to confirm the user’s agreement with the site’s terms and conditions while the other is optional for users who wish to sign up for email updates
ForeLinksters invites all users to sign up for free. There are no subscription fees or other expenses required when creating an account. Users can access all current features and browse as often as they like. Of course users will have to pay when booking tee times at a golf course, but this is done entirely through the course and not through ForeLinksters. The site does not add any fees and users can find as many golf courses as they like on the site.
ForeLinksters.com is intended for anyone who plays golf. Whether the user is a seasoned player or a brand new novice, they can find a wealth of information on golf courses using ForeLinksters. The free price tag is also appealing and allows users to put more money into booking tee time than in subscribing to a third party service. The site needs to get a more active community to stay interesting for the user.