The summary presented below is a high overview of the firms that have had considerable influence in the golf industry, principally in North America, over the past 50 years. We are confident that some firms that may been involved in golf software have been inadvertently omittted.
Given the fluid nature of the industry and that the vast majority of these firms were privately held, we believe that the list fairly states in all significant and material ways those companies that may have had a considerable influence in the golf industry.
Though every reasonable attempt has been made to confirm the information herein, no representations are made, however, that the list is accurate. If you see data that should be updated, we would appreciate it if you would email me at email@example.com with the name of the software firm overlooked, the date of their incorporation, and whether they were sold, liquidated or remain active in the golf industry.
We want to ensure that, in time, the list will be more accurately reflect the history of the golf software industry.
In the interim, we accept no responsibility for any inaccuracies contained herein. The reader accepts complete and sole responsibility in reliance on the data presented below.
The key is as follows:
BLACK – The firm was sold
RED – The firm appears to have closed.
GREEN – The firm is active in the golf industry.
ORANGE – The firms are active though they may no longer be involved in the golf industry.
1950’s Smyth Systems
1970’s Country Club Systems
1980’s Diamond Management Systems
1981 Abacus 21
1985 Computer Golf Software
1986 Vermont Systems
1987 Chelsea Reservations
1989 Fairway Systems
1991 Jonas Software
1993 Pro-ShopKeeper (ClubProphet)
1994 Fore! Reservations
1994 American West Tee Times
1995 EZLinks Golf
1995 Double Eagle Systems
1996 Golf Digest Information Systems
1996 Club Essential
1996 Ready Golf Reservations
1997 Talbot & Association (TAI Club Management)
1997 Crescent Systems
1998 T-Links (GDIS Systems renamed)
1998 GolfSwitch, renamed e2e Golf Solutions in 1999
1998 Book4Golf (Reporrted to have lost 28.1 million)
1999 GolfGateway.com (renamed Greens.com) Lost $35 million
2000’s LastMinute Golfer
2000’s BRS Golf
2000 Global Golf Marketing
2000 Open Time Times Online
2001 Spectrum Golf
2001 Tee Time King
2001 GoGoWatch (renamed TeeTimeWatch)
2002 CourseTrends (Distinct Golf Software Solutions)
2002 Cypress Golf Solutions
2003 Northstar Club Management
2004 Golf Hero
2006 Active Golf Solutions
2011 Gallus Golf
2011 Supreme Golf
2016 Orca Report
2016 Digital Golf Pass
2019 Sagacity Golf
2020 Battery Ventures Partners/Club Essential
2021 Links DAO
2021 Teleo Capital/Telesnap
2021 Heard Hospitality
2022 Golf Unity
In preparing this list, a great deal of appreciation is extended to Harvey Silverman (Silverback Golf Marketing), Jim Fedigan (Jonas), Devin Meister (Club Essential), and Tom Robshaw (Club Prophet) and Alan Fisher.