Pari-mutuels for Betting on Golf Trips is a Winning Strategy

Golf handicaps allow golfers of different skill levels to compete together on a relatively equal playing field, which is part of what makes golf so special.  Traveling on group trips and setting up games where everyone feels like they have a chance to compete can be so much fun for the golfers.  Whether the format changes daily, involves a team aspect, or the players play multiple courses or rounds daily, giving people the opportunity to wager and predict outcomes ups the fun factor exponentially.  But trying to generate starting odds based on either handicap or past performance, or worse, trying to offer fixed odds and risking payouts you might not be able to fund is most likely a waste of time and not worth it.  Especially when pari-mutuels and prop bets based on pari-mutuel calculations deliver just as much fun for your participants without such an effort to set starting odds.

Pari-mutuel (literally meaning mutual stake) differs from fixed-odds betting in that the final payouts are not determined until the betting pool closes. 
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Join Homestretch Golf in Las Vegas December ’24 for our inaugural Golfbreaks trip!

Trip Itinerary


Sunday, 12/8/24
Check In: Caesars Palace
Monday, 12/9/24
Golf: TPC Las Vegas
Tuesday, 12/10/24
Golf: The Wolf at Paiute Resort
Wednesday, 12/11/24
Check Out: Caesars Palace
Golf: Bali Hai

This will be a super relaxed golf trip where you can do your own thing, but we will have daily closest to the pin prizes, at least one putting contest with prizes, and some optional prop bets to enjoy!

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Golfbreaks Promo For New Trips Booked By December 22nd Is Too Good To Be True…Right?

Golfbreaks has extended their Great Golf Ball Giveaway! Simply book a golf trip by December 22, 2023 and you will receive a year’s supply of Bridgestone TOUR B X golf balls, as used on the PGA TOUR by Jason Day and Matt Kuchar! The trip must be 3 or more nights for 4 or more golfers for any destination and any future travel date!

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Homestretch Golf’s Online Pro Shop Raises Charitable Funds With Matching Donations

Homestretch Golf will MATCH ALL online store purchase amounts from our online Pro Shop in the form of charitable donations!

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Top 7 US golf trip destinations for fall travel

Top 7 list is brought to you by Homestretch Golf partner Golfbreaks by PGA Tour


Fall is an ideal time to take a golf trip with the heat subsiding and the weather becoming more pleasant.
With so many destinations to choose from, it can be hard to pick the right trip for your group. To help
make your decision a little easier, we have put together our Top 7 Destinations in the US for a fall trip. Spice up your trip with some pari-mutuels and prop bets your participants will enjoy using Homestretch Golf!

Read on to see which ones made our list and get inspired to book your golf trip this autumn. Fall availability is filling up fast so make sure to act swiftly to get your trip in the books before it’s too late! Read more

HOMESTRETCH GOLF PARTNERS WITH GOLFBREAKS BY PGA TOUR: PAPERLESS WAGERING SOFTWARE AND PRE-ROUND PARI-MUTUELS FOR GOLF TRIPS

June 2023 – Sacramento, CA – Homestretch Golf, the golf industry’s first paperless pari-mutuel platform, proudly announces a major partnership with Golfbreaks by PGA TOUR. Golf travel is a multi-billion dollar market and pairing the planning and reservation process with pre-round prediction fun makes for a great cross-company match that elevates customer satisfaction for both consumer bases.

“This partnership is a perfect fit for our current and future customers,” stated the company’s Founder/CEO David Knox. “Not only do Golf Pros and Admins leveraging Homestretch Golf deliver a better wagering experience unmatched in the industry at the group level, but betting participants love using our platform on buddy trips.” Knox continued, “Golfbreaks by PGA TOUR leads the industry in hassle-free trip planning, and the large majority of our admins and betting participants are avid golfers that love traveling on golf trips to amazing destinations. Introducing Golfbreaks by PGA TOUR’s travel experts, custom reservation service and exclusive group pricing for our participants to book and manage their golf trips, as well as including Homestretch Golf wagering in the vacation experience, will boost the enjoyment and fun factor for golf trips.”

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How to run Match Play head-to-head match ups on Homestretch Golf

March 2023 – With brackets at the forefront this time of year, we want to show you how to set up head-to-head match up betting opportunities for match play tourneys at your club!  Homestretch Golf’s pari-mutuel system is perfect for prop bets, given the payout philosophy that losing predictions fund winning payouts.  Each match serves as its own pool of money, and our proprietary odds are generated based on the dispersion of bets across the options within a match.  A simple ‘pick the winner’ match up doesn’t work well with pari-mutuels as you need sufficient losing wagers to fund the winning payouts, so having only two options to bet on doesn’t work.  However, we have creative Homestretch Golf admins now letting participants bet on the winner with an added wrinkle of margin of victory, which creates five or six different options and therefore, plenty of losing wagers to fund the winning payouts!

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Homestretch Golf donates to several golf industry charities to kick off 2023; Adds three new foundations as benefactors

January, 2023 – The golf industry leads the way in philanthropic efforts, and Homestretch Golf is proud to contribute to numerous golf industry charities and foundations throughout the year. Homestretch Golf kicks off 2023 with donations to the following established organizations that make significant impacts on and off the golf course.

Homestretch Golf is proud to have added three more amazing foundations this year as benefactors!

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Homestretch Golf launches Financial Aid program for Class B PGA Professional Customers

Helping our customers:
Class B PGA Professionals on their PGA Journeys
to become Class A Members of the PGA of America.

Homestretch Golf is proud to offer financial aid to selected Class B PGA Professionals on their journey to Class A PGA Membership!

Class A PGA Professional and company founder David Knox wants to support future Class A Members with financial aid for educational expenses on their journey to membership.  Homestretch Golf also supports many other golf industry charities and foundations to help grow the very game these PGA Professionals will serve.  This financial aid is a useful resource for GM’s, Directors of Golf, and Head Professionals already mentoring their junior team members and helping them to achieve their career goals.  As a tournament operations software vendor, Homestretch Golf believes in playing a small part in helping more PGA Professionals march towards their dream job and deliver great tournament experiences along the way.

“Helping PGA Associates with financial aid on their PGA Journey to Class A Membership is important to Homestretch Golf as we look to support the future of our industry.”
– David Knox, PGA
Homestretch Golf Founder / CEO

This financial aid is funded through Homestretch Golf’s charitable pledge and charitable funds collected from tournaments run on the Homestretch Golf platform.

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Homestretch Golf’s Chris Beeman interviews Anthony Roth, Assistant Pro at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, CA about the benefits of Homestretch Golf

“We were so excited to ditch the paper tickets and, most importantly, put the game in the users’ hands.  Homestretch Golf is a real game changer!”
– Anthony Roth, Asst. Pro at Martis Camp Club

Traditional versus Weighted Payout Calculations When Creating A Pari-Mutuel Tournament Offering

Why would a tournament admin consider running a weighted payout pari-mutuel rather than a pari-mutuel relying on traditional payout calculations? This blog article explains the difference between these types of pari-mutuel offerings, and shows you how unbelievably easy it is to create any of these tournaments on Homestretch Golf, where you participants will enjoy paperless pari-mutuels and live odds during the betting window!

The proprietary Homestretch Golf feature allows admins to run Show Only (TOP 3) tournaments but dictate the payout calculations by % depending on the finishing position within the Top 3 spots.  Additionally, admins will be able to run Place Only (TOP 2) tournaments but dictate the payout calculations by % depending on the finishing position within the Top 2 spots.  Common examples are 50%/30%/20% for ‘Show Only’ tournaments with weighted payouts; 60%/40% for ‘Place Only’ tournaments with weighted payouts…but tournament admins can determine those specific %’s when creating a tournament on Homestretch Golf!  See the screenshots and explanations below to understand the difference between Traditional Payout Calculations versus Weighted Payout Calculations.

“Our participants really enjoyed the new weighted payouts option because of how it simplified the betting experience. Having one wager that covered win, place and show made it easier for participants to bet on teams, and if they wagered on a team that finished top three – it was a winner. I see us using only weighted payouts for all our events going forward!”

– Larry Donaldson from Stoughton Country Club in Stoughton, Wisconsin on Homestretch Golf’s new “Weighted Payouts” solution

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PAPERLESS PRE-ROUND PARI-MUTUEL PREDICTION PLATFORM FOR CLUB GOLFERS PARTNERS WITH PHONE CADDY BY DESERT FOX GOLF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 16, 2022

Sacramento, CA – Homestretch Golf, the golf industry’s first paperless pari-mutuel platform, proudly announces a major partnership with Desert Fox Golf.  The deal gamifies the Homestretch Golf experience, yielding a free Phone Caddy for one lucky participant in every tournament conducted on the platform in the U.S. through 2022!

“This partnership is a huge win for all of our current and future customers,” stated the company’s Founder/CEO David Knox. “Not only do Pros and Admins leveraging Homestretch Golf deliver a better experience unmatched in the industry at the club level, now in addition to our proven benefits all participants are eligible to win a completely free and incredibly handy and useful prize. Who doesn’t like having the chance to win something free?!” Read more

HOMESTRETCH GOLF appoints ASIA GOLF ENTERPRISES for Distribution of its Pari-mutuel solution in Asia-Pacific

January 31, 2022.

Las Vegas, USA, January 31, 2022 — Homestretch Golf (HSG), the world’s leading developer of pari-mutuel and wagering software for club golfers, announces a partnership with Asia Golf Enterprises (AGE) for expansion across the Asia Pacific region.  HSG has reimagined golf pari-mutuels, providing a solution that gives golfers a dynamic and accurate tournament wagering experience both pre- and post-round while raising money for charity.

Asia Golf Enterprises brings decades of experience distributing and supporting leading golf technology across the region and expects to build on the strength of HSG’s widely used golf wagering solution.

“We are thrilled to have raised significant money for charity through our platform so far, and the sky’s the limit as we help more clubs across the Asia Pacific region enhance their pre-round pari-mutuel operations,” stated the company’s Founder/CEO David Knox. Read more

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Homestretch Golf donates to several golf industry charities to kick off 2022

January, 2022 – The golf industry leads the way in philanthropic efforts, and Homestretch Golf is proud to contribute to numerous golf industry charities and foundations throughout the year. Homestretch Golf kicks off 2022 with donations to the following established organizations that make significant impacts on and off the golf course.

  • The American Cancer Society
  • Folds of Honor Foundation
  • PGA H.O.P.E. via Northern California PGA Foundation
  • Tiger Woods’ TGR Foundation
  • Johnny Miller’s Champ Foundation
  • The First Tee Foundation
  • Girls Golf via LPGA Foundation

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PAPERLESS PRE-ROUND PARI-MUTUEL PREDICTION PLATFORM FOR CLUB GOLFERS SURPASSES $1 MILLION MILESTONE AND RAISES OVER $23K FOR CHARITY

September 13, 2021

Sacramento, CA – Homestretch Golf, the golf industry’s first paperless pari-mutuel platform, proudly announces a major milestone in the company’s second full year of operations. Thanks to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from their tournament admins and participating club golfers, Homestretch Golf has surpassed $1 Million in pre-round predictions on the platform, and has raised over $23K for charity!

“We are thrilled to have raised significant money for charity through our platform so far, and the sky’s the limit as we help more clubs enhance their pre-round pari-mutuel operations,” stated the company’s Founder/CEO David Knox. “One of our recent new admins summed up what many of our new users appreciate about Homestretch Golf when he said ‘Nice job creating a fun and easy-to-use product which provides a modern solution to an old administrative headache!’  Read more

The ultimate pre-round wagering solution for buddy trips

PGA Professional David Knox chats with Andy Tracy about his annual buddy trip to northern Michigan, and how introducing Homestretch Golf last year to manage betting saved Andy tons of admin time, allowed him to open wagering several days prior to traveling to the course, and enhanced the experience for his participants with live odds and saving wagers from their phone. Andy also tells some great stories from past trips that you won’t want to miss!



Homestretch Golf allows tournament admins to spend more time enjoying the trip and less time battling the inevitable influx of communications with your group members. They will thank you for making the experience better with live odds to win, place and show while wagers are being saved using Homestretch Golf!

 

Not yet a club with a Homestretch Golf Pro/Admin?

No problem…it is free to create your Homestretch Admin Account to get started!

Click here to learn more about Homestretch Golf. Request a support call with Homestretch Golf’s founder and PGA Professional David Knox.

Homestretch Golf: PAPERLESS PRE-ROUND PREDICTION PLATFORM FOR CLUB GOLFERS SET TO HOST VIRTUAL BOOTH AT THE UPCOMING CMAA CLUB BUSINESS EXPO

Sacramento, CA – Homestretch Golf, the golf industry’s first paperless pari-mutuel platform, announces their participation in the upcoming 2021 Virtual CMAA Club Business Expo to be held March 8 – 12, 2021.

#CMAAVirtual

Launched in April, 2019, Homestretch Golf has quickly become the industry-leader in providing a dynamic, interactive platform with live odds to win fluctuating in real-time for club golfers to save informed pre-round predictions from any internet-connected device. Golf Professionals, General Managers, Trip Organizers, and Committee Members alike have upgraded this pre-round aspect of tournament operations by using the Homestretch Golf platform over the past two years. More than 6,000 members and guests have saved their predictions on Homestretch Golf!

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Homestretch Golf to host virtual exhibitor showroom for January’s PGA Merchandise Show

PAPERLESS PRE-ROUND PREDICTION PLATFORM FOR CLUB GOLFERS SET TO HOST VIRTUAL BOOTH AT THE UPCOMING PGA SHOW

Sacramento, CA – Homestretch Golf, the golf industry’s first paperless pari-mutuel platform, announces their participation in the upcoming 2021 Virtual PGA Show to be held January 26-29, 2021. Read full press release as featured in The Golf Wire. Read more

Understanding Pari-Mutuels So You Can Turn A Profit By Monitoring Fluctuating Odds

“The final hour of wagering in a pari-mutuel can often be the most critical time period to save (additional) wagers because Homestretch Golf’s platform is providing you live, real-time win odds data that can make you that much more informed than other participants solely based on when you monitor those odds.”

David Knox, PGA (Homestretch Golf Founder)
David Knox, PGA (Homestretch Golf Founder)

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Why is it that golf tournaments at my club with fun pari-mutuels are so rare?

Besides the fact that for those who are unfamiliar there is a small learning curve to understanding how to wager in a pari-mutuel (which we help spell out in our user help section on our platform), the main reason they aren’t as common as, say, a skins game, is because they historically have required a lot of time, organization and effort…until now!

Old pain points for me:
Managing error-prone paper bet slips, often which are illegible or get lost.
The time requirement to enter all those slips into software that can handle the calculations.
The time and extra step to facilitate physical receipts, even if just carbon copies.
Post-round process of finding all the winning wager combinations.
Constantly telling eager post-round participants to wait longer to see how much they won and collect.

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How To Run Safe Paperless Pre-Round Golf Wagering At Your Club With Proper Social Distancing

The National Golf Foundation is doing a great job with weekly updates regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the golf industry, including gauging the ‘Golf Itch’ factor across the country.  Their recent Golf Itch Meter was at 80, with 100 representing a Major Itch to play golf.  Golf Pros and Club Operators nationwide are operating in a very fluid environment with ever-changing legislation and implementing measures to safely conduct golf play at their clubs during this pandemic in a manner that eliminates cross-contamination and group gatherings. Read more

Are You Doing These 3 Things Before Your Golf Pari-Mutuel Event?

As with most tasks, investing some time in planning and thinking through logistics in advance of running an event can pay dividends.  Nothing is worse with golf events than learning of mistakes you (or your staff/committee) made due to careless oversights, not having solid answers to questions, and generally not being thorough with anticipating needs in order to deliver a great golf experience.  The same holds true when it comes to facilitating pari-mutuels or any form of pre-round wagering.  

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More Pre-Round Time For Betting Means More Action And Bigger Pots

Is your club losing out on bigger wagering pots because you don’t open up bets until a staff member or point person is physically in place to collect cash at the club or some other gathering location?  If that is how things are run at your club, then unfortunately, chances are the answer is YES!

The beauty of Homestretch Golf’s paperless wagering platform is that there is no longer a requirement to verbally tell someone your wager or physically have someone record it with pen and paper on a bet slip or enter it directly into a computer.  Homestretch Golf has given the power of recording and saving wagers to the betting participants! Read more

How Golf Pari-Mutuels Can Raise Money for Charity

How can pari-mutuels raise money for charity?  

Simple Homestretch Golf Solution:
Reserve a portion of the wagers to be donated to the local cause!  As an example, if I run a tournament on Homestretch Golf and in my tournament setting reserve 20% of the total wagers for charity, then that reduction is made prior to calculating the payout results.  This is a completely under-utilized fundraising method for charity golf scrambles.  Read more

Homestretch Golf featured on the Wednesday Match Play Podcast with Ricky Potts – Listen here!

Homestretch Golf founder David Knox, PGA
speaks with host Ricky Potts on The Wednesday Match Play Podcast
aired on April 1, 2020.