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Thursday, February 28, 2008Stracka: Online Golf Management
Full Disclosure: This is a paid review
I was asked to take a look at the new website, Stracka.com: A Social Network for Golfers. The purpose of this page is online golf management...but really it's more than just that.
The first thing you see is that it has an awesome Google Earth/Google Maps mashup with basically every golf course in the country...and worldwide. For example, here is the page for Pebble Beach Golf Course in California. As you can see, the yardage for the course is entered, you can talk with members of the course, you can watch video flyovers, and post scores you have shot there. It's really neat.
Not all courses have information loaded though, but that's only because people haven't done them yet. If you play at Blue Ash Golf Course here in Cincinnati, you can mark up the map for other people to see and use.
There is a forum where you can discuss courses and get and give tips and just basically talk about golf with other golfers.
Another neat feature is the online management system. You can track all of your rounds, manage your handicap, and other things that should improve your game.
At Stracka, they do a really nice job of getting people the information they need to succeed everything they hit the links. And best of all...it's free to sign up.
I'm not a golfer myself (because I suck really badly at it)...but I love to see how technology can make things better and easier for people.
I think the site is really neat and would recommend to anyone who is either a nerd who loves statistics (like me) or really loves golf. Or, I suppose, people who fit both categories.
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