For interested courses, most important is that you only pay our expenses for the site setup; and that is after reviewing the photography and the way we represent your facilities. There are NO annual fees. Placement on the site is lifetime, and the value is growing each month as we continue to document the best courses in the world. And if you also choose to buy the photography, we provide all of the digital images at a very reasonable price. As a golfing facility, you receive personal attention from one of the best professional photographers in the country and representation among the top rated facilities. ROI is assured, no catches.
For the Golfer
In the past, internet usage for the golf
industry has been limited to numerous sites offering basic information on golf courses of all
varieties. The associated problem with this is that golfers must search over 10-15 different
sites to retrieve information and there is little or no differentiation between elite golf
courses and the “average” or below average course. Occasionally, a site may have one or two
photos of a course, but once the golfer arrives, he or she realizes that the photos are of the
only scenic hole on the course, and is obviously disappointed.
We have changed the representation of golf courses on the internet. Elite Golf Courses represents only elite golf courses (top 20-25 in each state) and offers over 75 professional photographs of each course online. We use over 5megabytes of storage for each course, where any other multi-course web site may use 1/75Â of that space. We are dedicated to a focus on
the natural beauty and strategy of the finest game on earth.
Each course has a Main Page with
a. 3 large photos of the most scenic locations on the golf course
b. course location and address, phone number
c. architect, head pro and superintendent names
d. course ratings/slope
e. a full paragraph summary to the course
f. links to your website
g. up to 50 professional photos of the golf course and resort
We have found an immediate following of
golf enthusiast and travelers who appreciate playing the better golf designs and country
clubs. Elite Golf Courses is the only internet location that provides a network of top-rated
courses and a FULL visual representation of each. The overnight success has derived from us
enabling golfers to virtually tour these facilities. This is a comfort to the golfers, as so
often a website will offer only one or two photos of a course's signature hole and once the
golfer arrives, conditions and the rest of the golf course are a complete let-down.
Since we only represent the ELITE courses, travelers, prospective members and guest are using our site for planning their vacations and business trips. They know that any golf course represented by us is a top ranked course and they can use this single web site to view all available courses in that state.
As a professional photographer, Tid Griffin has been published in every top golf magazine and is the primary photographer for some of the most notable facilities in the world.
Elite Golf Courses / CaddieCorner.com purchases one or
more of the top three listings for
over 80% of internet search engine traffic in each state represented. Our current traffic averages around 1500 hits per day. Based on the early trends, it is estimated that we will be among the top 3 sites for golf course review by the end of 2007. We attribute this to keeping the site dedicated purely to golf and the visual representation of the finest golf courses. We do not allow advertising on the site and we maintain an average of 70 professional photos of each course we represent. No other site compares to the visual
information we provide.
We try to make this a “no-brainer” for the
courses. Once a course enlists Elite Golf Courses (Tid Griffin, Principal Photographer), our
fees are a one-time charge and will serve to
include that courses inclusion on the web site forever. Many other sites which only include text on various courses
are recurring, yet charge similar fees with little or no course variations (we can’t
comprehend this...). EliteGolfCourses’s primary objective is to create THE DATABASE for all
elite golf courses. To do so, we do understand that the initial fees must be at
a breakeven point for doing business, and that solid performance and professional photography
will create the profit center once our services are performed. We believe in truly servicing
the golfer with course information, visual representation and strategic course data for
playing the course. We do not allow advertising banners and are committed to keeping the site
clean and dignified, as a reflection to primary patrons (golfers and the courses alike).
The current price to fully photograph a
course and to establish everything on the site (two to three days of labor) is $345 per course.
This covers our travel and technology costs. Due to the high demand of photography from
courses, we place a preference on golf courses that are looking to own the rights to Tid
Griffin's work. Once he has completed the course’s photography, the client can review the results and choose to own the publishing rights to the photographs. We allow all clients to view the work prior to committing to the purchase. Most golf courses have chosen to use our photography for publication in GolfWeek, Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, Links Magazine, etc... and also for score cards, publicity campaigns, their independent web sites, etc. Our profits reside in the purchase of the rights to the photographs by the courses, and ownership of the rights is an additional $1,850.
Elite Golf Courses
2519 US Highway 60 West
Hawesville, KY 42348