Partner Terms and Conditions

Welcome to The Golf Critique! We are a golf search engine that provides our Partners (Golf Courses, Instructors and Resorts) a FREE marketing platform to promote their products and services by giving golfers access to information, reviews and exclusive limited perks on golf rounds, lessons and golf packages to our premium members only.  Our entertainment service GOLFHUB allows you the ability to contribute content for FREE through blogs, podcasts, and shows (video) streamed over the Internet to certain Internet-connected TV’s, computers and other devices.

These Terms of Use govern your use of our platform as a Partner of The Golf Critique. As used in these Terms of Use, “Golf Critique service,” “our service” or “the service” means the service provided by the Golf Critique for discovering review information for golf courses, golf instructors, golf resorts and viewing shows, blogs and podcasts, including all features and functionalities, website, and user interfaces, as well as all content and software associated with our service.

Please note that these Terms of Use include hyperlinks that may be accessed only through our website.

1.     Acceptance of Terms of Use

  • These Terms of Use, which include our Privacy Policy (www.golfcritique.com/PrivacyPolicy), and govern your use of The Golf Critique service. By using, visiting, or browsing The Golf Critique service, you accept and agree to these Terms of Use. If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, do not use The Golf Critique service.
  • The Golf Critique service is provided by The Golf Critique, Inc., or one of its affiliated companies. The Golf Critique company that is providing the service to you (referred to as “The Golf Critique or Golf Critique” in these Terms of Use) and with whom you are entering into this agreement.
  • Changes to Terms of Use. The Golf Critique may, from time to time, change these Terms of Use, including the Privacy Policy. Such revisions shall be effective immediately; provided however, for existing subscribers, such revision shall, unless otherwise stated, be effective 30 days after posting. We will endeavor to post prior versions (including marked changes) of the Terms of Use, if any, for the preceding 12-month period.
  • Privacy. Personally identifying information is subject to our Privacy Policy (www.golfcritique.com/PrivacyPolicy), the terms of which are incorporated herein. Please review our Privacy Policy to understand our practices.
  • Communication Preferences. By using The Golf Critique service, you consent to receiving electronic communications from The Golf Critique relating to your account. These communications may involve sending emails to your email address provided during registration, or posting communications on The Golf Critique service, or in the “Your Dashboard” page and will include notices about your account (e.g., payment authorizations, change in password or Payment Method, confirmation e-mails and other transactional information) and are part of your relationship with The Golf Critique. You agree that any notice, agreements, disclosure or other communications that we send to you electronically will satisfy any legal communication requirements, including that such communications be in writing. You should maintain copies of electronic communications by printing a paper copy or saving an electronic copy. You also consent to receiving certain other communications from us, such as newsletters about new Golf Critique features and content, special offers, promotional announcements and customer surveys via email or other methods. If you no longer want to receive certain non-transactional communications, simply click “unsubscribe” link during email communications. Please review our Privacy Policy (www.golfcritique.com/PrivacyPolicy) for further detail on our marketing communications.

2.  Claiming Your Page, Free Partnership, Featured Partnerships, Billing and Cancellation, etc.

  • Claiming Your Page.  Golf Course Partners can claim your page by creating a golf course account, locating your course in our search engine and selecting “Claim Course.”  Once the course is claimed, you now have access 24/7/365 to update and change information in real time to insure golfers are receiving the latest and best information available on the internet.
  • Free Partnership.  The Golf Critique service is free to partners with conditions. The free partnership lasts indefinitely or until you cancel your service The Golf Critique reserves the right, in its absolute discretion, to determine the availability of a free partnership.  The following conditions must be met in accordance to your free service.
  • QR Code.  Place QR Code on bottom of receipts generated at acceptable POS stations or  actively promote your QR Code by any means the course feels is acceptable.
  • Golf Course Partners must offer a minimum four (4) Tee It Up Perks exclusively to our premium members only at all times.  If no perks are showing “Default Perks” will be placed on the account as follows.
    1. 40% off any green fee after 2 PM
    2. 30% off any green fee after 12 PM
    3. 20% off any green fee after 10 AM
    4. 10% off any green free anytime
  • Instructor Partners are only required to offer two (2) Lesson Perks exclusively to our premium members only at all times.  If no perks are active, “Default Perks” will be placed on your account as follows.
    1. 10% off any lesson
    2. 10% off any lesson
  • Private Club Partners are NOT required to offer Membership Perks
  • Resort Partners are are required to offer four (4) Package Perks at all times.  If no Perks are active, “Default Perks” will be placed on your account as follows.
    1. 10% off any package (Includes all Premium Members in group)
    2. 10% off any package (Includes all Premium Members in group)
    3. 10% off any package (Includes all Premium Members in group)
    4. 10% off any package (Includes all Premium Members in group)
  • “Non Promotional” Review Thank You.  Partners may offer a discounts off services or products of your choosing to premium members only if member reviews with 48 hours of playing.  Offer is good for a minimum of 7 days from the date stamped of the review only to your facility only.
  • Featured Partnership. Your Golf Critique featured partnership will continue month-to-month until you cancel, or we terminate it. You must provide us with a current, valid, accepted method of payment (as such may be updated from time to time, “Payment Method”) to be a featured partner with The Golf Critique. We will bill the monthly fee to your Payment Method. You must cancel before it renews each month in order to avoid billing of the next month’s fees to your Payment Method.
  • Featured Partners Billing & Payments  Recurring Billing. By activating your Golf Critique featured partnership, you authorize us to charge you a monthly fee at the then current rate, and any other    charges you may incur in connection with your use of The Golf Critique service to your Payment Method. You acknowledge that the amount billed each month may vary from month to month for reasons that may include differing amounts due to promotional offers and/or changing or adding a plan, and you authorize us to charge your Payment Method for such varying amounts, which may be billed monthly in one or more charges.
  • Price Changes. We reserve the right to adjust pricing for our service or any components thereof in any manner and at any time as we may determine in our sole and absolute discretion. Except as otherwise expressly provided for in these Terms of Use, any price changes to your service will take effect following email notice to you.
  • Billing Cycle. The fee for our service will be billed at the beginning of the paying portion of your featured partnership and each month thereafter unless and until you cancel your premium partnership. We automatically bill your Payment Method at the beginning of each month.  Fees are fully earned upon payment. We reserve the right to change the timing of our billing, in particular as indicated below, if your Payment Method has not successfully settled. Your renewal date may change due to changes in your partnership. As used in these Terms of Use, “billing” shall indicate a charge, debit or other payment clearance, as applicable, against your Payment Method. Unless otherwise stated differently, month or monthly refers to your billing cycle.
  • No Refunds. PAYMENTS ARE NONREFUNDABLE AND THERE ARE NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS FOR PARTIALLY USED PERIODS. Following any cancellation, however, you will continue to have access to The Golf Critique through the end of your current billing period. At any time, and for any reason, we may provide a refund, discount, or other consideration to some or all of our partners (“credits”). The amount and form of such credits, and the decision to provide them, are at our sole and absolute discretion. The provision of credits in one instance does not entitle you to credits in the future for similar instances, nor does it obligate us to provide credits in the future, under any circumstance.
  • Payment Methods. You may edit your Payment Method information by visiting our website and clicking on the “Login” link, available at the top of the pages of The Golf Critique website. If a payment is not successfully settled, due to expiration, insufficient funds, or otherwise, and you do not edit your Payment Method information or cancel your account (see, “Cancellation” below), you remain responsible for any uncollected amounts and authorize us to continue billing the Payment Method, as it may be updated. This may result in a change to your payment billing dates. For certain Payment Methods, the issuer of your Payment Method may charge you a foreign transaction fee or other charges. Check with your Payment Method service provider for details.
  • Premium Member Payments. The Golf Critique agrees to pay Partners and Premium Partners commissions for new premium paid subscribers if they become paid subscribers while on your public account page located on The Golf Critique website.  Any visitor who becomes a Free or Premium Member by selecting Book Now, Review or any Tee It Up Perks & Offers on your account page will be linked to your account for the life of the membership.  In return, The Golf Critique will be pay $1 USD per premium member per month to the Payment Method provided in your Dashboard until the member cancels their premium membership, or you cancel your partnership.
  • Cancellation. You may cancel your Golf Critique partnership or featured partnership at any time.  You will continue to have access to The Golf Critique partnership service through the end of your monthly billing period.  YOU AGREE THAT ALL MEMBERSHIP COMMISSION PAYMENTS PAID TO YOU MONTHLY IN ACCORDANCE TO THIS AGREEMENT WILL END ON THE LAST DAY OF THE CANCELLATION MONTH AND YOUR FINAL PAYMENT AFTER YOUR PARTNERSHIP CANCELLATION DATE WILL OCCUR BY THE 15TH OF THE FOLLOWING MONTH.  YOU AGREE  TO HONOR ANY OUTSTANDING PERKS AND VOUCHERS THAT HAVE BEEN CLAIMED PRIOR TO YOUR CANCELLATION DATE AS LONG AS THEY ARE REDEEMED PRIOR TO THE EXPATRIATION DATE OF THE PERK.  IF YOU WISH TO REINSTATE YOUR PARTNERSHIP AFTER CANCELLATION IS FINALIZED, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT MEMBER REFERRAL PAYMENTS CANNOT BE REINSTATED.  YOU WILL ONLY BE PAID FOR NEW REFERRALS IN ACCORDANCE TO YOUR NEW PARTNERSHIP DATE AND BEYOND.  To cancel, please call you Territory Sales Representative or our Corporate Office at 800.869.6430.
  • Commission Deposits. Earned commissions from the previous month exceeding or equal to $250.00 USD will be direct deposited monthly by the 15th of every month. If earned commissions are less than $250.00 USD, a check will be mailed via US Postal Service on or around the 15th of the each month.

3.  GOLFHUB Submissions

In accordance to this agreement, any Partner may submit content in the form of a blog, podcast or video to be featured on GOLFHUB.

  • You agree that all content uploaded will be in good taste and will only contain content related to the game of golf.  You may not upload videos promoting products and services of an erotic nature.  You may not upload videos that promote fraudulent or dubious business schemes.  You may not upload videos that contain graphic violence or videos depicting racism.  If you are found to be in violation of any of these, your account will be immediately closed and any revenue derived from these type of videos will be forfeited.
  • The Golf Critique agrees to distribute 50% of advertising revenue each month back to any partner who has active content on GOLFHUB.  Funds are distributed based on the following formula:

          (Monthly Advertising Revenue x .5) / (Total # of monthly clicks among all contributors per mo.) x (total monthly partner clicks per mo.)

4.  The Golf Critique Service

  • You must be 18 years of age, or the age of majority in your province, territory or country, and be a representative of the facility or company to register for or as a partner of The Golf Critique service.
  • The Golf Critique service, and any content viewed through our service, are for your personal and non-commercial use only.
  • The Golf Critique will use technologies to verify your geographic location.
  • We continually update The Golf Critique service, including the content library. In addition, we continually test various aspects of our service, including our website, user interfaces, service levels, promotional features, availability of podcasts, blogs and shows, delivery and pricing. We reserve the right to, and by using our service you agree that we may, include you in or exclude you from these tests without notice. We reserve the right in our sole and absolute discretion to make changes from time to time and without notice in how we offer and operate our service.
  • You agree to use The Golf Critique service, including all features and functionalities associated therewith, in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, including public performance limitations or other restrictions on use of the service or content therein. You agree not to archive, download (other than through caching necessary for personal use), reproduce, distribute, modify, display, perform, publish, license, create derivative works from, offer for sale, or use (except as explicitly authorized in these Terms of Use) content and information contained on or obtained from or through The Golf Critique service without express written permission from The Golf Critique or its licensors. You also agree not to: circumvent, remove, alter, deactivate, degrade or thwart any of the content protections in The Golf Critique service; use any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means to access The Golf Critique service; decompile, reverse engineer or disassemble any software or other products or processes accessible through The Golf Critique service; insert any code or product or manipulate the content of The Golf Critique service in any way; or, use any data mining, data gathering or extraction method. In addition, you agree not to upload, post, e-mail or otherwise send or transmit any material designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment associated with The Golf Critique service, including any software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs.
  • The availability of podcasts, blogs and shows to watch will change from time to time, and from country to country. The quality of the display shows may vary from computer to computer, and device to device, and may be affected by a variety of factors, such as your location, the bandwidth available through and/or speed of your Internet connection. You are responsible for all Internet access charges. Please check with your Internet provider for information on possible Internet data usage charges. The Golf Critique makes no representations or warranties about the quality of your watching experience on your display. The time it takes to begin watching a show will vary based on several factors, including your location, available bandwidth at the time, and the show you have selected.
  • We may terminate or restrict your use of our service, without compensation or notice if you are, or if we suspect that you are (i) in violation of any of these Terms of Use or (ii) engaged in illegal or improper use of the service.

5.  Passwords & Account Access

  • The partner who created The Golf Critique account and whose Payment Method is charged is referred to here as the Account Owner. The Account Owner has access and control over The Golf Critique account. The Account Owner’s control is exercised through use of the Account Owner’s password and therefore to maintain exclusive control, the Account Owner should not reveal the password to anyone. In addition, if the Account Owner wishes to prohibit others from contacting The Golf Critique Customer Service and potentially altering the Account Owner’s control, the Account Owner should not reveal the Payment Method details (e.g., last four digits of their credit or debit card, or their email address if they use PayPal) associated with their account. You are responsible for updating and maintaining the truth and accuracy of the information you provide to us relating to your account.
  • BY SHARING THE GOLF CRITIQUE PASSWORD OR ALLOWING OTHERS TO ACCESS YOUR ACCOUNT, THE ACCOUNT OWNER AGREES TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSURING THAT HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS COMPLY WITH THE TERMS OF USE AND SUCH ACCOUNT OWNER SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF THE HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS.
  • You should be mindful of any communication requesting that you submit credit card or other account information. Providing your information in response to these types of communications can result in identity theft. Always access your sensitive account information by going directly to The Golf Critique website and not through a hyperlink in an email or any other electronic communication, even if it looks official. The Golf Critique reserves the right to place any account on hold anytime with or without notification to the subscriber in order to protect itself and its partners from what it believes to be fraudulent activity. The Golf Critique is not obligated to credit or discount a subscription for holds placed on the account by either a representative of The Golf Critique or by the automated processes of The Golf Critique.

6.  Disclaimers of Warranties and Limitations on Liability

  • THE GOLF CRITIQUE SERVICE AND ALL CONTENT AND SOFTWARE ASSOCIATED THEREWITH, OR ANY OTHER FEATURES OR FUNCTIONALITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE GOLF CRITIQUE SERVICE, ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” WITH ALL FAULTS AND WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. THE GOLF CRITIQUE DOES NOT GUARANTEE, REPRESENT, OR WARRANT THAT YOUR USE OF THE GOLF CRITIQUE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE.
  • TO THE EXTENT PERMISSIBLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAWS, IN NO EVENT SHALL THE GOLF CRITIQUE, OR ITS SUBSIDIARIES OR ANY OF THEIR SHAREHOLDERS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE (JOINTLY OR SEVERALLY) TO YOU FOR PERSONAL INJURY OR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER.
  • SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF DAMAGES. THEREFORE, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS IN THIS SECTION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
  • NOTHING IN THESE TERMS OF USE SHALL AFFECT ANY NON-WAIVABLE STATUTORY RIGHTS THAT APPLY TO YOU. If any provision or provisions of these Terms of Use shall be held to be invalid, illegal, or unenforceable, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect.

7.  Promotional Codes

  • Promotional codes may be redeemed on our website. Promotional codes can only be used once and cannot be redeemed for cash, resold or combined with any other offers.  If you received a promotion code through an offer by a third party, additional restrictions may apply.

8. Intellectual Property

  • Copyright. The Golf Critique service, including all content provided on the Golf Critique website, is protected by United States and international copyright, trade secret or other intellectual property laws and treaties.
  • Trademarks. The Golf Critique and GOLFHUB are pending registered trademarks of The Golf Critique, Inc.
  • Patents. The Golf Critique has patent pending patents that apply to our service.
  • Claims of Copyright Infringement. If you believe your work has been reproduced or distributed in a way that constitutes copyright infringement or are aware of any infringing material available through The Golf Critique service or GOLFHUB, please notify us by calling 800.869.6430

9.  Governing Law

  • If you are a resident in Europe, these Terms of Use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Luxembourg.
  • If you are a resident of Brazil, these Terms of Use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Brazil.
  • For all other PARTNERS of The Golf Critique, these Terms of Use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of North Carolina, U.S.A. without regard to conflict of law’s provisions.
  • You may also be entitled to certain consumer protection rights under the laws of your local jurisdiction.

10.  Applications

  • You may encounter third-party applications (including, without limitation, websites, widgets, software, or other software utilities) (“Application(s)”) that interact with the Golf Critique service. These Applications may import data related to your Golf Critique account and activity and otherwise gather data from you. These Applications are provided solely as a convenience to you, and The Golf Critique is not responsible for such Applications. SUCH APPLICATIONS ARE OWNED OR OPERATED BY THIRD PARTIES THAT ARE NOT RELATED TO WITH OR SPONSORED BY THE GOLF CRITIQUE AND MAY NOT BE AUTHORIZED FOR USE WITH OUR SERVICE IN ALL COUNTRIES. USE OF AN APPLICATION IS AT YOUR OWN OPTION AND RISK.

11.  Use of Information Submitted

  • The Golf Critique is free to use any comments, information, ideas, concepts, reviews, or techniques or any other material contained in any communication you may send to us (“Feedback”), including responses to questionnaires or through postings to the Golf Critique service, including the Golf Critique website and user interfaces, without further compensation, acknowledgement or payment to you for any purpose whatsoever including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing and marketing products and creating, modifying or improving the Golf Critique service. In addition, you agree not to enforce any “moral rights” in and to the Feedback, to the extent permitted by applicable law. Please note that The Golf Critique does not accept unsolicited materials or ideas for podcasts, blogs or shows, and is not responsible for the similarity of any of its content or programming in any media to materials or ideas transmitted to The Golf Critique. Should you send any unsolicited materials or ideas, you do so with the understanding that no additional consideration of any sort will be provided to you, and you are waiving any claim against The Golf Critique and its affiliates regarding the use of such materials and ideas, even if material or an idea is used that is substantially similar to the material or idea you sent.

12.  Customer Support 

  • If you need assistance with your account, click on the “Contact” link located in the footer of the website. There you will find the answers to many frequently asked questions and information on reaching a live Customer Service representative. In the event of any conflict between these Terms of Use and information provided by Customer Support or other portions of our website, these Terms of Use will control.

13.  Arbitration Agreement

  • If you are a Golf Critique Partner in the United States (including its possessions and territories), you and The Golf Critique agree that any dispute, claim or controversy arising out of or relating in any way to The Golf Critique service, these Terms of Use and this Arbitration Agreement, shall be determined by binding arbitration or in small claims court. Arbitration is more informal than a lawsuit in court. Arbitration uses a neutral arbitrator instead of a judge or jury, allows for more limited discovery than in court, and is subject to very limited review by courts. Arbitrators can award the same damages and relief that a court can award. You agree that, by agreeing to these Terms of Use, the U.S. Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this provision, and that you and The Golf Critique are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action. This arbitration provision shall survive termination of this Agreement and the termination of you’re the membership.
  • If you elect to seek arbitration or file a small claim court action, you must first send to The Golf Critique, by certified mail, a written Notice of your claim (“Notice”). The Notice to The Golf Critique must be addressed to: General Counsel, The Golf Critique, Inc., P.O. BOX 4431, Pinehurst, North Carolina 28374-4431 (“Notice Address”). If the Golf Critique initiates arbitration, it will send a written Notice to the email address used for your membership account. A Notice, whether sent by you or by, The Golf Critique, must (a) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute; and (b) set forth the specific relief sought (“Demand”). If the Golf Critique and you do not reach an agreement to resolve the claim within 30 days after the Notice is received, you or The Golf Critique may commence an arbitration proceeding or file a claim in small claims court.
  • You may download or copy a form Notice and a form to initiate arbitration at www.adr.org.
  • The arbitration will be governed by the Commercial Arbitration Rules and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (collectively, “AAA Rules”) of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), as modified by this Agreement, and will be administered by the AAA. The AAA Rules and Forms are available online at www.adr.org, by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879, or by writing to the Notice Address. The arbitrator is bound by the terms of this Agreement. All issues are for the arbitrator to decide, including issues relating to the scope and enforceability of this arbitration agreement. Unless the Golf Critique and you agree otherwise, any arbitration hearings will take place in the county (or parish) of your residence.
  • If your claim is for US$10,000 or less, we agree that you may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator, through a telephonic hearing, or by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules. If your claim exceeds US$10,000, the right to a hearing will be determined by the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator shall issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based. If the arbitrator issues you an award that is greater than the value of The Golf Critique’s last written settlement offer made before an arbitrator was selected (or if The Golf Critique did not make a settlement offer before an arbitrator was selected), then The Golf Critique will pay you the amount of the award or US$1,000, whichever is greater. Except as expressly set forth herein, the payment of all filing, administration and arbitrator fees will be governed by the AAA Rules.
  • YOU AND THE GOLF CRITIQUE AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. Further, unless both you and The Golf Critique agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s claims with your claims and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding. If this specific provision is found to be unenforceable, then the entirety of this arbitration provision shall be null and void. The arbitrator may award declaratory or injunctive relief only in favor of the individual party seeking relief and only to the extent necessary to provide relief warranted by that party’s individual claim.