Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Gallery - Jaco Ack­er­mann, Nel­spruit

The GolfPlayed app (Jan­uary) is an ex­cel­lent idea and the de­vel­op­ers must be con­grat­u­lated on their ini­tia­tive to make the track­ing of cour­ses played as easy as 1-2-3. How­ever, the app has two ma­jor weak­nesses of which one is the ac­cu­racy of the cour­ses listed. Some cour­ses that have closed down are not listed, for e.g. Eu­reka in Uping­ton and the old Hud­dle Park cour­ses. In many cases the old and the new name for a course is listed, for e.g. Ma­bal­ingwe/Ze­bula and Se­cunda/ Grace­land.

The app also lists driv­ing ranges as cour­ses, like Breede River Bush Pub Range, Golf Vil­lages across South Africa, plus short cour­ses such as the Mashie at Coun­try Club Jo­han­nes­burg, and even the Ex­treme 19th at Leg­end Golf & Sa­fari Re­sort.

The sec­ond weak­ness is that the cap­tur­ing of in­for­ma­tion on the app is de­pen­dent on the hon­esty and in­tegrity of the player cap­tur­ing the in­for­ma­tion. This is not un­like the hand­i­cap sys­tem, ex­cept it does have some lim­ited con­trol over the in­for­ma­tion cap­tured. Vol­umes have been writ­ten about the abuse of the hand­i­cap sys­tem re­gard­ing the ac­cu­racy of scores cap­tured.

Un­for­tu­nately, GolfPlayed is also prone to the in­ac­cu­rate cap­tur­ing of in­for­ma­tion. A cur­sory re­view of the cour­ses cap­tured re­veals that some play­ers have marked both old and new names and even marked cour­ses that never opened for play, such as Lahleni Lakes and Royal North­land. As with hand­i­caps, it would ap­pear that some play­ers are on an ego trip and want to see their names atop the leader­board.

The above­men­tioned facts must cast doubt as to whether some play­ers have ac­tu­ally played the num­ber of cour­ses they are claim­ing. In cer­tain in­stances it would ap­pear that play­ers scrolled down the list­ings and ticked the cour­ses with­out check­ing whether it ac­tual ex­ists, is a du­pli­cate, and most im­por­tantly whether they have ac­tu­ally played the course.

There is no way that cap­tured in­for­ma­tion can be vet­ted and thus the cor­rect­ness of the leader­board on the app will be prone to mis­trust.

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