Country clubs are like tree houses: you need to be a member to get in, and once inside, you are forced to defend yourself from the spitballs and slingshots of rival country clubs. Slip in through the golfer’s door with today’s Groupon: for $24, you get a one-year Value membership to Boxgroove.com (a $49 value).
For two years, Boxgroove.com has offered the serious golfer all the privileges of country-club membership without the underwear runs, bowls of warm water, and other intense hazing usually required to join. On Boxgroove.com, value members can browse, request, and book tee times at more than 300 country clubs in more than 38 states, including picturesque Spanish Wells, Pelican’s Nest, and other glam golf courses in the Fort Myers and Cape Coral area.
No club membership or escort is required for users, and many clubs allow Boxgroovers to invite family, friends, and childhood nemeses to share a day on their exclusive links. With unlimited bookings for a year, local golfers can sample the finest their region has to offer and itinerant ones can take advantage of hundreds of private courses to impress a client, take a break, or plant the seeds for a thrilling double life.
More than just a well-connected caddy, Boxgroove.com is also a social network for golfers to get advice about differences in clubs, and about differences in the other kind of clubs. The friendliest users may even add an extra notch or two to their putters by meeting golfers with access to courses not in the Boxgroove.com network. Costs vary by tee time and club, but value members are waived the $19.95 booking fee.
- Boxgroove is kind of like buying a mini membership to participating clubs in your hometown as well as those in places you visit. Sure, you still pay greens fees, but having access to the club in the first place, without dropping a couple grand for initiation or paying a hefty monthly payment, is pretty darn cool. – George Promenschenkel, The Sand Trap