Monday, August 31, 2009

300 more courses added!!!

We said it before; that we want to display the tee times of every golf course that is able to book online, on GolfSigma. This past weekend we put on quite a few more courses, 335 more to be exact, this should make our Michigan, New Jersey, South Carolina, New York, and Wisconsin golfers very happy. Those are not the only states that we added courses to, but that is where 50% of the courses were added! So if you are in those areas take a look and see if you recognize any of our new additions. If you are not in those areas you should still take a quick look at your area and see what courses we have added.

Another cool part that is starting to emerge from GolfSigma is that we are becoming the place to start your tee time search when you are going to be traveling and playing golf. Some tee time sources are going out further than a few days making planning your vacation golf easier with the help of GolfSigma. Providing our golfers with long range tee times is a main focus of GolfSigma and we are continually working toward that goal. Hopefully in the very near future we can announce another relationship that will bring many new courses with extended range tee times.

Oh yeah, a nice detailed course directory that has golfer needed info……ummmm soon.


More to come……

Monday, August 24, 2009

The best 59 Minutes we have spent!

So much time and effort goes into the code that we look at everyday to make all these features on websites work. Most of the time we take all these features for granted, except when it is bad, they you say, “What were they thinking”. Just recently we made a change that involved how we search for courses, by city and zip code.

I was never a fan of how our city search took so long to find the city I was looking for. I got use to typing in the city that I was looking for and then going to make a cup of coffee, get a doughnut, and when I got back….. It wasn’t that bad, but it was a tad slow.

So one day I got an IM that said, “Wow 59 minutes to run this little program that I just wrote, now try typing a city into the box.” Wow, like never before Sigma search was fast and fun; ok well maybe getting carried away with the fun part, but now I need to figure out another time to make my coffee!

Try it and you will see how fast the search box finds the city you are looking for, but before you do; grab a cup of coffee and a few doughnuts, because you will have many tee times to chose from.

Kudos to the brilliant mind that makes GolfSigma tick!


Much, much more to come….

Friday, August 21, 2009

In The Bag.

If you have been to GolfSigma before, hopefully you have had a chance to revisit and experience the speed and quality of the site today. We have worked long hours trying to tweak the engine to produce timely results without the “Opps” message popping up, and yes we have accomplished our goal.

Along the way we have managed to simplify search and eliminate one complete page/step from the process of finding your next tee time. The number of courses has grown to over 2700 and the inventory of tee times continues to grow past two million and GolfSigma keeps returning search results with unbelievable speeds. All of these changes have been made with one person in mind, you our user!

It would have been fun to implement many of the cool ideas that we have, but we want our core business, search, to be working as good and correctly as possible. With over one full week (in the bag) of great performance behind us, we are now back to adding features, courses, more tee times, ads, (need to make some money) and some cool stuff.

Till the next time, more to come………..


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Bolg

Well there is one thing for sure; golfers read the email where I directed them to the Bolg! No good excuses, at least none that you want to hear or one that I want to print. My commitment, to do better.

Enough said, wow last two days have been crazy. The tech continues to perform wonderfully, providing top speed searches to over 1 million tee times in our database. We have been working hard to add a new provider which we should have wrapped up today, adding another 100 courses of which 40 are new to GolfSigma.

I want to thank all our new visitors and look forward to seeing you come back. Much more to come…. so sign up for our Bolg.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Are we there yet?

Simply stated, GolfSigma is a tee time search engine, period. To that point everything we do is done with the objective of how this will make the experience of our user, the golfer, better. We, and I use that term loosely because I would not even know how to code an excel spread sheet, have spent the last three months getting the quality of the inventory dialed in. As we started to grow we started to slow down and run into all sorts of oddities, I have talked at length in past post about these problems.

Enough said, "we have nailed it", as I knew we would, and it is time to move on. In the process of cleaning things up we have added another 250 courses making it a total of over 2600 golf courses. Tee times in GolfSigma over 500,000!

Coming up next, we will be adding new places to search which means more golf courses, more tee times, more tee time overlap, and tee times that are further out in time. We are at the tip of the iceberg and ready to charge forward.

Are we there yet? Let's just say the journey has just begun!

Finally more to come………..


Saturday, August 15, 2009

We're BACK!

I am finally starting to feel good about the inventory system. We are back in action and tweaking MySQL to work on performance. I’m considering a personal blog to discuss technical aspects of GolfSigma but that is for another day. We are now serving up inventory for the following websites (aka Providers):
  • Chicago Tribune

We would like to double the list of websites we are searching in the next couple months. If you’ve done searching on before, you should notice we are serving up results much faster than in the past. We’ve also made a huge improvement in the way we perform these updates, resulting in much more accurate inventory. We’re trying as hard as we can to ensure that when you click on a link to book a reservation, the tee-time is still available. Please let us know if you have any problems by filling out our contact us form.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

All the King's men are back at it!

This is a non technical post, from the non technical one at GolfSigma. I said "We thought we were close," in yesterday’s post but I think I showed some signs of premature hope.

We were so very close but we are still not happy with the quality of the inventory, so a fun weekend lies ahead for our CTO who is forsaking the nightlife and will be having a tryst with his PC till he kicks this issue.

We will nail it, and then continue on putting the rest of the searched inventory back on GolfSigma, i.e. Active Golf, Click4teetimes, and several others. Thanks for your patients; you will see this will be well worth the wait!

Rich, much more to come…..

Friday, August 7, 2009

All the King’s Horses, and All the King’s Men…..

We are putting “GolfSigma” back together again! If you have been to the site and experienced slow response or broken functions you will know what I am talking about. How we broke stuff is not as important as knowing that we are not only fixing everything but improving many of the parts that we touch along the way. Still struggling at times with some time out issues, but overall things are looking very positive.

Oh, we added this blog to the home page so you can keep up to date with and see what we have been doing, or better yet see what we have planned. On a personal note, I even managed to attach the feed for this blog to Outlook without any technical support from our technical Guru, so I know you can do it. :)

So today we also located the bulletin that we have on the home page. The hope here is for this to flourish as a forum for anything to do with golf. Golf stories, equipment, courses, tee times, service, holes in one, etc… So give it a whirl and we will look forward to your Threads.

Oh yeah almost forgot to mention, all the filters, (price, alpha, time, number of golfers), should all be working now!!!!!


so much more to come……………………… and Click4TeeTimes

Looks like we're having a few issues with Click4TeeTimes and We are looking into the issue and hope to have inventory fixed for the sites in a day or two. We'll let you know via this blog when the issue has been fixed!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Why GolfSigma?

Well the results are in, and over 90% of the golfers that responded to our survey have stated that they check more than one web site before booking their next tee time, with a high percentage of these golfers checking more than two sites before they select their next tee time. A very interesting pattern did ring through on the survey, that price was not always the driving factor to continue the search of various tee time sites. Not all tee time sites have the same price and they definitely do not all have the same tee time availability, so finding the best time at the right price is what golfers are trying to find. Enter GolfSigma…..

The goal of GolfSigma is to save golfers time by giving them one site to find their next tee time. Making the visit to GolfSigma fast, easy and present as many course’s tee times as possible in a grid presentation that makes it very easy for the golfer to make that tee time decision. As GolfSigma evolves, more courses, more web sites, more tee times, more areas will be added, and a longer range of tee time availability.

Another cool part about GolfSigma is the business model that benefits the user, Golfers. GolfSigma is a search engine and to that point the tee times presented to the golfer have no additional fees added to them and there is no cost to a golfer to use GolfSigma. GolfSigma takes this concept one step further and has elected to not even book the golfers round of golf, but instead transfer them to their selected tee time site so they may book directly and confidently on the web site of their choice.

Bookmark us and check back with us as we continue the evolution of GolfSigma…. More to come

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Speed Kills

Really what I mean is speed kills the amount of time you will have to wait for the return of search results from GolfSigma for a tee time! We have focused our efforts for the past month on fine tuning how quickly we can return valid tee time inventory and feel we are the best we have ever been. Did I say perfect, no, but it is so very impressive to see 3000 or more tee times returned for a large golf area in just a few seconds. And just as important, the returned tee times are not “stale” and will take you to a current available tee time almost all the time.

Ahead of us this week; back to the site to clean up some items that we broke along the way, then off to some new and exciting features and the addition of over 1200 courses with extended range tee times. More to come…..