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Wrong club again? Know your distances? This junior golfer has set out to create high-quality Yardage Books for public golfers.
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LOVE TO GOLF?

So does Seth!  (Could you tell from the video?) 

And he wants to share his creation with as many golfers and as many golf courses as possible.  

As he strives to pull off this audacious goal (for a 9-year-old), would you consider backing him, even with a small amount? 

Every PGA and LPGA Tour golfer and caddie get to carry a yardage book to determine their exact distances. Usually, books like these are only available at the most expensive courses and resorts.

But, why shouldn't the average golfer or junior competitor have the same opportunity at public courses?

Most public courses today simply could not afford the $1000s to have a yardage book developed by a professional firm.  And many still can't even manage to mark all their sprinkler heads with distances to the green, leaving you to guess based on a 150-yard stake.

This idea of creating these classic yardage books came about as 9-year-old Seth has been competing in the Minnesota Junior PGA and other competitive tournaments.  He's gotten to the point of wanting to know the yardages on all these new courses.  So, he enlisted his 10-year-old sister's help ('cause that's what big sisters are for) in putting together these very impressive booklets. And Dad makes sure everything is done just right.

Instead of keeping the books to themselves, they want to share these with the rest of you as "Player's Guides" to each course.  We figure they would retail for only $5.

Seth's getting really good at drawing the greens and fairways and tees and trees and water and bunkers as vector graphics so they always look sharp.  Then he adds any additional markers that can be identified.  And finally we apply highly sophisticated geo-measurement software (ahem, GoogleEarth, ahem) to make sure all the measurements are exactly right.  We'd also like to invest in a GPS unit to start manually measuring courses and sprinkler heads as we play them.

Isn't this a throwback?

YES!

We love the idea of using such a classic aide for this classic game. 

(But are really glad the classic wardrobe has changed!)

Sure, you could spend lots of money on a fancy-pants Laser Rangefinder or a Global Positioning Satellite app.  But, rangefinders are very expensive and can't tell you every distance. GPS apps aren't always that accurate, they drain your battery fast, and they don't let you make notes for future rounds.

On the other hand, just look at the thoroughness of these ultra-accurate images...hand-traced and measured to the hundredth of a yard (that's 0.01 precision) directly from satellite photography.

In these books, every tee shot is measured from the official local golf association marker. Every green is overlaid with a 5 yard x 5 yard grid, and the approach distances are measured to the front of the green as the crow flies (because golf is all about birdies).

We won't just provide yardages from the middle of the fairway - because, really, how often are you in the middle of the fairway anyway?

We need to provide yardages from the NEXT fairway after you just hit that duck hook or banana slice!  You want to know how far it is to get yourself back into contention, or simply just to clear the pond!

Who would want one of these?

  • Junior golfers and other beginners who want to dial in their club distances
  • Seniors who don't care for those newfangled lasers and satellites
  • League players and season pass holders who play the same course over and over
  • Everyone who thinks it would be pretty cool to be the only one in the foursome to whip out your own personal Yardage Book

But wait, there's more!

We hope you don't dump too many in the pond or the creek, but who can ever remember whether you're supposed to (1) toss another ball down somewhere near the water or (2) just hit another one from the same spot.  And isn't losing a $4 ball penalty enough - what's with adding extra strokes?!?

We've decided to add an illustrated reminder of the most commonly encountered rules.  Good luck finding the proper ruling in the official book when you need it fast - that's why the PGA provides rules officials to follow their players around the entire tournament.  These extra few pages will be a welcome assistance to those who need to play by the book.

 

So, why do we need your help?

Startup costs are quite a burden, and we'd rather keep moving on these books for as many courses as possible yet this year.

Although we had hoped to get an early win by now and self-sustain this effort with 2-3 initial books, instead we have found that most public courses are not even able to work with us unless we first establish an official business and register with the Minnesota Secretary of State. And now that we're dealing with the government, we're going to need some professional tax advice so we don't screw up at the starting line. That all costs money.   (Any tax advisers out there?)

Then, for the nitty-gritty work of the project, we need to get a handheld GPS to capture specific waypoints while walking each course to verify key yardages.  And we also need to acquire updated drawing software to ensure the highest possible quality for our first books, and to register a real domain name besides weebly.com and outlook.com. Those, too, cost money. 

Finally, the first samples and proof copies need to be printed with very expensive short runs that don't provide an economy of scale. Yep, more money.  But important to making sure the books turn out right for each course.

In the spirit of a youth-led venture from start-to-finish, these kids want to work to raise every dollar themselves.  Some of the money will come from our own savings, but they need help with the rest through your partnership.

This is where you can help. They are looking for at least $750 (not much really, if we all pitch in a little) to get over this initial hurdle.  If 35 of you toss in just $12 and get a friend to do the same, we can get there in no time.  If a couple of you go the extra mile (and get the extra perks!), we can cover even more courses.

We'd like all of you to choose the next course together by a vote once we are funded.  And if you get your buddies to join the team, you can all vote for the same course, and vastly increase the chance of having your course published by the middle of summer!

THANK YOU for considering the kids' project, and we look forward to your input and support!  Please contact us with any questions.

Website - golfbynumbers.weebly.com

Contact us - golfbynumbers@outlook.com

Risks and challenges

Our biggest risk is having an incorrect yardage. There would be nothing worse for us than mistrust in these books.

Challenge: Some sprinkler heads are not well-visible from the satellite photos.

Solution: Our plan is to visit and play each course in development so that we can survey exactly where each sprinkler head is located. If a course is too far to visit, we will attempt to work with someone local to mark up a sample book so that we can add as much detail as possible.

Challenge: If these kids are working on the books, aren't they likely to screw up a yardage accidentally?

Solution: Every yardage will be double-checked for accuracy by Dad, who is an engineer and numbers-nerd and, quite honestly, hyper-sensitive about this kind of thing.

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    *** LEMONADE STAND ***

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    *** KID-BACKER ***

    VOTE - You get to participate in a vote among all backers for the next course to have a Yardage Book developed and made available. Get some friends to back too and you can drive up the votes for your course.

    GOLF TIPS - You'll also get a weekly video golf tip from Seth and project updates sent to all backers.

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    *** FOUNDATION BUILDER ***

    FREE COPY - You receive one copy of an existing Yardage Book (or wait and receive a future course as we add more).

    VOTE - You get to participate in a vote among all backers for the next course to have a Yardage Book developed and made available. Get some friends to back too and you can drive up the votes for your course.

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    *** CLUBHOUSE LEADER ***

    5 FREE COPIES - You receive 5 total copies selected from our selection of existing Yardage Books (or wait and receive future courses as we add more).

    VOTE - You get to participate in a vote among all backers for the next course to have a Yardage Book developed and made available. Get some friends to back too and you can drive up the votes for your course.

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    *** TOUR PLAYER ***

    A ROUND TO TEST DRIVE - You get one free round of golf at Eagle Lake Youth Golf Center (Plymouth, MN) or Baker National Evergreen Course (Medina, MN) in order to experience one of the Yardage Books for yourself.

    5 FREE COPIES - You receive 5 total copies selected from our selection of existing Yardage Books.

    VOTE - You get to participate in a vote among all backers for the next course to have a Yardage Book developed and made available. Get some friends to back too and you can drive up the votes for your course.

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    *** COURSE ARCHITECT ***

    YOUR COURSE - You choose the course, and we will develop a Yardage Book this summer for it and send you 12 copies for you and your friends.

    VOTE - Of course, you'll also get to participate in the vote, but who cares when you've got your own course on the way!

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    *** CLUB CHAMPION ***

    Amazing - You'd basically be funding this entire effort in one fell swoop, which definitely deserves our extra attention.

    FREE LESSON WITH US - How about we take you out for a golf lesson with a PGA Professional to work on your other fell swoop!

    YOUR 3 COURSES - In addition, you choose three courses, and we will develop a Yardage Book this summer for each of them and send you 12 copies of each for you and your friends.

    VOTE - You're steering the ship at this point, but if you still want to vote, be our guest.

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    *** TITLE SPONSOR ***

    Wow, the idea that you'd even consider this is outstanding!

    You must really be as passionate about growing this project as we are.

    So, we'd love to take you out to a special dinner at a restaurant of your choice and hear all your great ideas about how we can partner with you to make these books even better!

    Of course, you'll also get to participate in the vote, or even have us make a book for your course. But we can discuss all that over dinner!

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