G4G seeks Weekend Hacker: A follow up

My proposal to those interested in becoming’s Weekend Hacker, a new position for an anonymous reviewer of public golf courses, has received more than 20 responses. Nonetheless, I want to make sure as many people have seen it as possible, and since I’m not making a selection until January, I thought I’d post it again. Thanks to all those that have already responded and I hope to hear from some new respondents soon.

Here’s the original post:

Wanted: Public golf course reviewer for!

Written by Robert Thompson
November 30th, 2006

That’s right — is launching our own “man on the street” component to the site next year, one we are calling “Weekend Hacker.”

The concept is simple — we’re looking for a public golfer who regularly plays courses that cost less than $70 per round. We want to compensate an individual for their golf (once a week) and in exchange that person will write up a review of the course that will appear on (and if this concept sounds a lot like the now defunct Bogey Man that appeared in the Toronto Star, well so be it). Let’s be clear here — won’t be sending you to play Eagles Nest. That course is always exceptional. What we want to do is provide readers with an insight into affordable public golf — think Watsons Glen, rather than Angus Glen. We want to let readers know what is a good value and which courses look like they’ve been baked in an oven; which courses are hidden gems and which courses should just stay hidden.

We’re now looking for a candidate who will fill this position, a gig that will start next May and run through to September. The person has to be:

  1. A regular golfer of some ability, though there is no need for the person to be a great player
  2. Regularly visit public golf courses throughout Ontario
  3. Prepared to write a short 250 word review once a week and perhaps take some photos
  4. Be able to make regular deadlines
  5. Remain anonymous. Our Weekend Hacker won’t be able to tell anyone that he is our ghost-like anonymous rater. The point is not to have courses influence the rating process.

In exchange will cover the costs of their round at an agreed upon course once a week.

If you are interested, write me at and let me know why you should be our Weekend Hacker. Tell me about one course you’ve played that fits into this new review segment and provide me with your thoughts. I’ll take a look at all submissions and make a decision in early January.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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