NEW COURSE APP HAS TWO WEAKNESSES
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.