Published on : Tuesday, June 7, 2016
The most recent additions to provide live and real time inventory to the network are the Barcelo Montecastillo Golf Club near Jerez, Pula Golf in Mallorca and Vale del Este in Almeria.
Montecastillo, the iconic Jack Nicklaus Signature course adjacent the Jerez racetrack and which has hosted the Volvo Masters for 5 consecutive years has just completed connection to the Tee Time Market and is now available to book through the network. The 5* property has just completed a total refurbishment program and offers elegant rooms honouring the traditional style of this coastal region.
Pula Golf on the Balearic island of Mallorca was completely redesigned by Jose Maria Olazabal back in 2004/2006 and hosted the Mallorca Open on several occasions. One of the 10 best courses in Spain, as voted by GolfDigest Spain, Pula also offers its own on-site 4* accommodation. Vale del Este Hotel – Golf and Spa, situated between Murcia and Almeria, is one of the more popular resorts in the area and with the hotel central to the resort, both the 1st and 10th tee, the 9th and 18th green plus the 300m plus driving range are within walking distance of your room.
The Tee Time Market allows anybody that has a need to access tee time inventory in a quick and efficient manner to fulfil tee time requests. These could be as part of a golf travel package or just providing tee time bookings to customers as a call to action. The Tee Time Market allows easy access through an API or a central portal site. The system allows courses and partners to ‘channel manage’ their tee times and provide different conditions to partners depending on their importance and frequency.
With already several of the major golf travel providers connected, the first rounds of golf are already coming through to the Spanish golf courses. This online connectivity provides partners with direct access into the tee sheet of the golf course so they can book, change, cancel, alter and confirm booked tee times. The direct connection improves booking efficiency which results in cost saving for both the course as the operator.
Jo Maes, Managing Director Bookgolfanytime: “We have now completed Phase I of our development with our tech guys providing a stable API feed up and running into the 138 plus courses we currently have connected in Spain. We continue to add courses to the network and are aiming to have around 500 of the most sought after courses in Europe available to our partners by the end of the year.”
Unlike other companies in the space, the Tee Time Market is not a ‘third party reseller’ and will not compete with its clients; the courses and the providers. The aim is to be the technological middle ground, the ‘market place’ between the golf course and the trade. This makes the Tee Time Market the ideal and neutral technology partner to work with and will see the network of courses grow significantly over the coming months plus confirm some other destinations that are already in negotiations to become part of the network.
Information for journalists:
• The Tee Time Market is headed up by Jo Maes from Bookgolfanytime. With 20 years of golf experience at senior management level, Jo Maes spent the last 10 years with GolfSwitch, the Arizona based and tee time company who were the first to electronically process a live tee time..
• The Tee Time Market partners with Portal Golf Gestion, who with 14 employees are Spain’s main golf technology company used by the majority of Spanish golf courses and linked to the Spanish Golf Federation for tournament and handicap purposes.
• Jo Maes is also the President and founder of the European Golf & Travel Media Association, Europe’s leading journalist association.