“Who needs a Country Club? All you need is a Tee Time Golf Pass!” – Ronald Frederick, Lansdale, PA
“Tee Time Golf Pass has saved us thousands of dollars and allowed our group of retirees to play a variety of courses twice a week.” – Bob Crobak, Mechanicsburg, PA
“I have enjoyed your product in the past and am now taking up golf again. It allows my wife and me to play courses we would never think of playing!” – Michael Knill, Lewisberry, PA
"Purchased your Tee Time Golf Pass for the first time at the golf show in Chantilly (VA). By May I had already saved over $300 in greens fees. You now have a customer for life. - Charles Smith, Fairfax, VA
Tee Time Golf Pass is a family-owned business started in 1993. It began marketing 22 courses in five counties in Pennsylania. Now it provides marketing services at more than 850 courses in 14 states.
Tee Time Golf Pass was founded by Sue and Jim Curtis. The couple had recently moved to rural Pennsylvania and Sue was looking for a part-time job. Jim worked as editor of the News-Chronicle in Shippensburg and was toying with the idea of starting a golf publication. He added in the concept of a discount golf card to make the project more profitable. Together they went to golf courses in five counties in south central Pennsylvania and signed up 22 courses for what was then known as the Southern Pennsylvania Golf Card. Much to their surprise, their golf card was well received by golfers and course operators.
By 1997, Sue expanded the program to 100 courses. It became obvious the name of the product needed to change when golf pros near Philadelphia asked, “Where’s southern Pennsylvania?” Tee Time Golf Pass was born that year.
The learning curve was steep in those first years. Sue was a novice golfer and felt odd sometimes talking with and convincing golf pros and owners to participate. Once a pro asked what she shot. “Oh, two or three over,” she responded and was puzzled by the pros startled expression. She came home and told her husband about the incident. “Why are you laughing so hard? she asked. Sue was telling the truth. Yes, she normally shot two or three over par – on each hole!
Jim left the newspaper business in 1997 and began working for the company full-time.
Much of the company’s success was based on Sue’s philosophy of growing the game of golf by incentivizing golfers to try new courses. Golfers can get in a rut of only playing courses in their town. Tee Time Golf Pass allows them to travel and play many different and new courses in their region.
The corporation added a valuable player to its team in 2001 when Bud Key signed on as an independent contractor. Bud worked 12 years as the publisher of Chesapeake Golfer and had started a golf discount program. He was well-known and well-liked in the golf industry. Based near Virginia Beach, Bud covers all of Virginia for the corporation and publishes its Clubhouse Golf Guides.
By 2005 Sue had slowed down in her duties. She was more interested in playing with her grandchildren then talking with golf pros. Jim was thinking about selling Tee Time Golf Pass so he could retire eventually. One day he picked up the phone and called his son, Jesse, a structural engineer in Tampa. Jesse joined Team Tee Time in 2005.
“Tee Time Golf Pass is successful because we took a good idea and assembled a team of people who have a clear vision of what we are doing and of where we are going,” said Jim, president of Tee Time Golf Pass, Inc. “Every one wins in our program – the golfer, the course operator, and us. We’ve tried to work hard and to work smart, but we give God the glory for our success. We also are thankful we live in a country where we are free to be all we can be and to reap rewards for our dilgence, creativity, and hard work.”
Tee Time Golf Pass, Inc.’s Core Idealogy was established in 2004. The Core Idealogy is comprised of the Core Purpose and the Core Values.
- We exist to provide value to our customers. Our purpose is to ensure the value of the product is significantly greater than the price of our product.
- We exist to glorify God through the tithe of our profit.
- We exist to provide employment and good compensation to those on Team Tee Time. When the Team wins, they win.