Tournament play for the US Open 2008 kicks off this Thursday at historic Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, USA, and with it comes golfers' daydreams and plans for golf vacations. To help golf enthusiasts find the perfect courses, QlikTech has teed up its free GolfQuest course analyser, available at http://demo.qlikview.com/qlikview/Ajax/GolfQuest/goGolfing.asp
GolfQuest is the first course finder to combine data on more than 16 500 golf courses in 21 countries and seven years of global weather - helping you to stay out of the sand and out of the rain just about anywhere in the world. Powered by QlikView, QlikTech's award-winning business analysis solution, GolfQuest allows you to plan the perfect trip using 13 different criteria.
* Know where you want to go but not when? Ask GolfQuest.
* Know when you want to go but not where? Ask GolfQuest.
* Know you want a certain course type (private, semi-private, public, resort), price range*, course difficulty level (slope, rating, bunkers*, par, yardage), temperature range, typical rainfall, location, or any combination of the above? Ask GolfQuest.
While typical course finders follow a fixed path of selection criteria, you can start with whatever option you prefer. As a result, golfers can choose among the courses that are best suited to their time frame, type of play, and any other preference - all in just a few clicks, with visual analysis and drill-down details.
Among other things, GolfQuest answers:
* What is the best weather week to play in Granada, Spain?
* Show me all the courses in the San Diego area where my USGA handicap index will fit my skill level.
* I do not care where I play, as long it is a public course that costs less than $200/round in August. What are my options?
* I will not play well if it is 90°. Show me places where I will stay cool.
"Like all QlikView solutions, GolfQuest was designed to work the way your mind works - allowing you to freely explore all the related options based on your interests, rather than forcing you down a predetermined, linear path," said Anthony Deighton, SVP Marketing at QlikTech. "We call it 'associative analysis;' it is how people explore information intuitively to get the answers they need."
GolfQuest is the latest in series of free applications that showcase QlikView's power and simplicity. Other recent releases include MusiQ Tracker, which analyses radio airplay in nearly 2600 stations across the US; Dugg Analyzer, which tracks the popularity of thousands of stories posted to Digg; and The Wine Press, which allows you to pick the perfect food and wine pairings.
* Pricing and bunker information is limited to the USA.