By Ela Sathern By Ela Sathern | October 27, 2021 | Lifestyle Feature
There’s no need to golf alone anymore. Find a golf mate with TeeMates Golf app, created by Lydia Davies, that helps golfers connect here in Houston, in a new area, on a work trip or on vacation.
Lydia Davies, a sports fanatic, realtor and mother, created her idea to launch a TeeMates Golf (teematesgolf.com) app based on the love of the game and for the love of her husband, a self-proclaimed golf addict. “We are a golfing family,” she says. “He would always send me photos of himself playing alone on courses during business trips. I thought it would be so useful if he could go online and see if there were other golfers around him to play with wherever he was in the world.” By 2020, her idea blossomed into something that benefits many just like her husband and more. Now, golfers can download the app on Apple Store and Google Play. Here, Davies tells us how her app is linking golfers together.
Who will benefit most from this app?
Golfers moving to a new town that need new golf buddies, those that are on vacation or work travel, those networking for business, beginner golfers that want to meet other beginners to play with, a parent-child duo to meet another parent-child for a playdate, a pickup player for a round or tournament. There are so many opportunities here!
How does TeeMates work?
Users can search for friends via location and/or handicap filters, they can search for tee times worldwide on our scrollable map and they can invite people in their area (via location linking) to play when they post a tee time. All users can set up a profile and post photos or videos on the stories and news feed and create their own store on our marketplace.
Tell us more about the Pro Shop.
This idea came about when I noticed how many people were creating fun golf apparel last year without a platform to sell it all on. We have a lower seller transaction fee and no product posting fee, so they can market to an all-golf community easily. You just set up your own store, and it works like an online mall.
What are you most excited to provide to users?
We are most excited about growing the game of golf and linking people in communities to play together. I grew up overseas and have always loved meeting new people and finding out their stories. I think this is a great way for people to come together and enjoy sharing this awesome sport.
What’s up next for TeeMates?
We are working on adding some fun new features to the app. We just upgraded our stories and teemate searches and are planning to add handicap and scoring next. We have linked with the TGA and several local charity tournaments, and just signed on as sponsors of the Houston Open. We are so excited to see golfers meet up via the app and enjoy the game as much as we do.
Photography by: Splash Cam/Unsplash; Christa Elyce Studio