Book your next golf outing with OpenTee

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OpenTee provides users with access to tee times at thousands of golf courses throughout North America with no additional booking fees. You just pay for your golf. The free universal app runs on iOS 7.1 or later.

The app works with or without users logging in but there are some advantages to logging in. You can sign up in the app or your current logins from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or google+. Once logged in you can set up your tee times.

Users will find thousands of available golf courses to choose from. OpenTee brings up a list of courses near your current location based on the GPS in your phone, or you can choose from another list of major US cities, or a user can enter a specific community or golf course. If you registered you can then save your favorite courses for later use.

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Now it’s back to the home page where the user enters how many players, the date you wish to play and an approximation of when you want to tee off. The app then searches and brings up all the available courses with tee times that fit your needs.

You can select the courses one at a time to find a tee time that matches your time preference and shows you what the cost is. In addition to this information, OpenTee provides photos of most of the courses, a scorecard to check yardages from the various tees, and any reviews of the course written by other users. Once you have played a course you can also upload a review of your experiences at that course to inform others. One additional feature available on that page is a map showing the location of the golf course and driving directions from your current location.

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I checked out the prices listed for a few of the courses locally and in another location. I compared the OpenTee prices to the available time and prices on golfnow.com, one of the better known national web sites for booking tee times around the US. The prices on both were the same in most instances although not all the same tee times were listed for the dates and courses I checked. Plenty of times were available so that should not be a problem.

I did notice one difference which probably plays a factor only in Las Vegas where I live. Local residents get discounted fees at most of the Las Vegas courses and those were indicated on the golfnow.com site, but not in OpenTee. Some of the tee times are only available to local players and those tee times were also not listed in OpenTee so if you are a Las Vegas local player you would not get as much use locally as you will away from home.

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