First and foremost, download the ParPoints app right away in your app store. Trust me, you’ll love this new way to play the game of golf. A buddy of mine and co-founder, Kevin Quinley, and his colleagues created a mobile app designed all around the idea of making “PAR”. ParPoints is designed to put an emphasis on making “par” — whether that is from the original tee box or 100 yards out. Golf is already tough enough. Throw in the notion of having to complete the hole in a certain amount of strokes (par), and now all hope is lost. Many golfers are satisfied with playing “bogey golf”. However, why does that have to be the standard? Let’s dive into the creative minds on how ParPoints has influenced golfers to play your own game and GO MAKE PAR.
How It Works
ParPoints Golf app is way to show personal growth and compete with not only your playing partners, but other players across the platform. The game is designed to score as many points as possible throughout your round. The app is GPS based and has courses preloaded, making it user-friendly for players. When you reach each individual hole, you have the option to choose where you want to tee off, whether that is from the original tee box or from 150 yards out. The GPS in the app will atomically calculate the distance in yards to the center of the green. 1 yard = 1 point. The whole goal is to complete the hole in par or less. For example, if you pull up to #1 tee out here at Dub’s Dread, it is a par 5 stretching out to roughly 500 from the blue tees. If I make par (5 shots) on the hole from the blues, I will receive 500 points. If my playing partner decides to tee off from 200 yards and makes it in 5 shots, he will receive 200 points. However, this is where it gets even more interesting! A birdie holds double value, while an eagle triples your points. A bogey? No good, ZERO points. Bogeys are bad in ParPoints. Simply pick up after par can no longer be achieved and head off to the next hole.
When Kevin told me the idea he and his partners were working on, I instantly tied it back to a way to develop and grow the game. From my professional view, golf should be taught starting from the putting green and slowly working back to the tee box. Too many times, beginners of the game go out and play from the standard tee boxes, and too many times these players aren’t even finishing the hole–talk about frustration. Golf is supposed to be enjoyable, yet when you are making 8’s and 9’s on par 4’s, you lose the ambition to continue. This is where the idea of ParPoints began:
“About 4 years ago my business partner, Brandon Ebert, asked me how he should teach his kids (5 and 8 at the time) how to golf. I said start them close to the green, let them learn how to get it in the hole and experience success, then move them back. When he tried this method with them they both made a par on a hole. The youngest started from 25 yards the oldest from 50 yards. After the hole the oldest said “well that’s no fair I should get more points because I played from farther back” and boom the original brainchild for the ParPoints scoring system was born. 3 years of brainstorming and gaining validation from influential people in the game led us to our launch of the ParPoints golf app in the fall of 2020.” –Kevin Quinley
What’s even more cool about this app is that these guys are locals from Kansas and KC. ParPoints is currently in some partnerships with organizations that most of you are familiar of. “With the primary goal of making golf more enjoyable for the masses by minimizing the frustrating aspects of the game and highlighting the fun, we have gained partnerships with Matt Ginella & Alan Shipnuck of the Fire Pit Collective, The Middle Pin, and hosted events with the All Pro Tour and Central Links Golf.
“We also have an upcoming partnership specific to the KC area. There will be a week long ParPoints tournament taking place later this month that can earn you a spot in the Blasters event hosted at Top Golf where you can hit balls alongside Tom Watson and other local celebrities.”
ParPoints was originally designed for youth development and beginners, but ultimately has turned into a game that all skill-leveled golfers must try. You can hold a “badge” for the course record at your local course, play along and compete in your weekly foursome, or go up against golfers all around the nation on a single leaderboard. I highly encourage all players to get involved — from parents taking their kids out on a Sunday evening, to your Saturday morning game. It’s a new and creative way to strategically work your way around the course.
Go follow them on their social media platforms for all the latest updates, giveaways, and more! Download the app, enjoy the format, and GO OUT AND MAKE PAR!
From Kevin, “Our creative minded co-founder, Ryan Hannebaum, is a KC local. He is always up for a game if you would like to beat a founder, look him up!”