Who is GolfWRX?
GolfWRX is a golf website founded in 2005. Its mission is to cover the latest golf news as well as provide in-depth stories and reviews from both our editors, staff writers as well as our contributing members.
Every month hundreds of thousands of people trust GolfWRX for the best golf information. From expert editorial reviews, breaking tour and industry news, what to play, how to play and where to play, GolfWRX is the new “go to” destination online. The world’s largest and best online golf community on the web, GolfWRX surrounds consumers throughout the buying, learning and enrichment process from original photographic and video content, peer-to-peer advice and or camaraderie, technical how-to’s and more. As a result, GolfWRX has a partnership with the No. 1 golf publication in the world, Golf Digest Publications.
With over 1.9 million unique readers coming to GolfWRX every month with over 18 million pageviews, we must maintain our friendly and open environment. In our mission to build a new online experience, we set out to create…
- Best golf writing from the elite in the business. Staff writers that are the “experts” in their field (Teachers, Fitters, Clubmakers, Players, etc). We developed a writer platform to help develop writing skills, promotes their brand and amplify their opinions.
- Best golf community on the web for members to join and have a place to voice their opinions, see what is hot, have debates and learn more about the game we love.
Editorial- GolfWRX, the world’s largest online golf community, is on the look out for writers to help expand its editorial content. Professional writing experience is not required. But we do require a love “fore the game.” See our Writers Program.
Community- Our staff are trusted to help maintain a friendly environment that is clean and respectable within the rules. Specifically in the community here we must always respect the member and never to make them feel like second-rate citizens. As an administrator or a member there are words that have been stated from day one:
- Take the high road
- Treat others as you would want to be treated
- Lead by example
With over 1,900,000 unique visitors a month and over 4.7 million visits and 18 million pageviews a month, we never imagined that we would get this large when we decided to start WRX. What does this all mean and for some of you what do we stand for here?
To be the “go to” destination for golf on the web. Today we are the worlds largest and best online golf community on the web. GolfWRX surrounds consumers throughout the buying, learning and enrichment process from original photographic and video content, to peer to peer advice and or camaraderie, to technical how-tos and more.
We continue to protect the purity of our members opinions and the platform to voice them. We want to protect the interests of golfers by providing an unbiased platform to feel proud to contribute to for years to come. Have you ever contributed time in a club or a community and then one day you weren’t proud of your association with it? Many of us have been involved in forums or some online social network. There were and are many golf communities online and the founders, moderators and many members on GolfWRX became disenchanted with some of those other places. That’s why we created WRX.
The tipping point for myself was when I found a driver I believed was better than the others and began to write reviews and hyping it on other blogs and forums. One of these sites I spent countless hours every week contributing to and gave years of support. The threads (my comments) got squashed and pushed off to a dark place where you couldn’t see it. I tried to repost the thread but the same thing happened. That driver was not for sale by the owner of the site and they could not profit from the hype. So my hype was not welcome.
That led me to believe that I was in the wrong place and needed to find a place that wasn’t motivated by profit but was motivated by the simple objective to create a place that was for the golfers well being and no other reason. Due to the lack of options out there we started GolfWRX. It was built for golfers by golfers. To read and share our thoughts with our peers. All the owners of GolfWRX have day jobs and careers that do not lean on proceeds from GolfWRX. All the money GolfWRX has made to date has gladly been reinvested in to the site to make it better for the members. We do not sell equipment and will not do so in fear of spinning reviews and opinions.
Do we work with OEMs?
We sure do. Some big and some small. Does that mean we slant reviews? No … leave that for the members and recently members/editors. When we do reviews I make efforts to hype the great and just not hype the poor rather than bash them. Do we take down pics if they are to early? Yes, if we receive copyright materials prior to a launch where a small or large company ask to have them removed we will make an effort to take them down. However if we catch them in pros hands out on tour or playing somewhere most all OEMs call that fair game. Here is a quote I wrote in a thread where we removed early pics that came from a PDF of a brochure in the pre-launch phase of a program. The PDF was acquired illegally by person and posted on another site on the net and was copyrighted.
Let me say this again. I (and many others) didn’t dedicate the last eight years on this site to make money. This place is not a business as much as it is a sacred place we have built for golfers. We have this special place here that will always stay clean and unbiased. I am fortunate that I don’t need the money that we could make here. Money that we have generated here has all gone back to the company to make it better and better. Wait and see what we are going to do next for 2013! The owners Ryan and Richard have careers outside of WRX and have been very lucky and fortunate in their business life. We started WRX not make a buck, but to have a special place were we can be proud to support and be a member.
WRX is first and foremost a place for us and other golfers to hang out. To feel that we can dedicate hours upon hours of our lives adding opinions, developing relationships, starting threads, adding pics and reviews. We contribute our time in confidence WRX will not turn around and betray your experience here and sell out. Start selling gear and only propping up what we are selling? Death card. We would never do that in fear of becoming biased. So when I hear comments that we have changed directions it is painful to read. We have NOT!
We started WRX so we would be proud of the community we helped to form. As a member we will want to add this value to WRX because we don’t run it as a business but as a place that will stand the test of time. We will always put members first here at WRX. We are not perfect and we apologize if you had experiences here that made you feel less than what you should have.
Our staff (moderators) have been stretched thin from time to time. If you were one of those guys, after the 3,000th violation you might be short too. We had some complaints and we brought on more Mods to help. These are growing pains that we try to avoid but from time to time they sneak up on us.
We are today as we were in the beginning. There have been twists in the road but at the end of the day we are here for the same reasons we were in April of 2005. Built by golfers for golfers!
Lastly … we are only as good as our members. Were are here to support them and make our decisions with that in mind. I (we) are so passionate about GolfWRX and for the preservation of our memberships experience. As I said above we are built by a bunch of golf nuts for golfers.
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