Two friends who were “just trying to find a course for the common golfer” now have close to 1,000 subscribers for their quick-hit reviews of daily-fee clubs in the state, with some of the videos getting several thousand views. After researching “what kind of information was available to the average golfer out there,” says Lee Rozanski, “we realized it was an opportunity to come up with a unique perspective on navigating the courses.”
With fancy graphics to start their YouTube videos, Lee Rozanski and Mark Bulic have been giving their reviews of different golf courses all over the state of Michigan on their YouTube page, “Hackers of Michigan,” WLNS of Lansing, Mich. reported.
The reviews, none of which are more than 15 minutes long, have been a hit, with the “Hackers” now having close to 1,000 subscribers and some of the videos getting several thousand views.
Courses reviewed to date run the full range of daily-fee courses in the state and have included visits to Stonebridge Golf Club in Ann Arbor and Forest Dunes in Roscommon.
It all started with just trying to find a course for the common golfer, WLNS reported.
“Mark was more into golf than me, and the idea really came up when we were on a golf work outing,” said Rozanski. “People were talking about different courses in the area and we did a little research to see what kind of information was available to the average golfer out there, and we realized that it was an opportunity to come up with kind of unique perspective on navigating the courses.”
Bulic couldn’t believe the feedback he and his buddy received as the videos started gaining a broader audience, WLNS reported.
“I think the funniest thing is if you watch what we do, you can see it’s really taken a lighthearted approach to the game of golf and looking at it saying, ‘Hey, we are both really not very good golfers,’ ” Bulic said. “We try to tell a story from a bad player’s point of view. How much does it cost to play golf? Is it worth driving from your house? What’s it like to play a certain hole from what tees?
“The most fun part is just seeing the reaction on social media—just random strangers hitting Lee up, and him them telling me that people in different countries are watching this, ‘cause it’s absurd. But it’s been a blast,” Bulic added.
With the COVID-19 guidelines in place for playing a round of golf, the “Hackers” played the back-nine holes at Timber Trace Golf Club in Pinckney, Mich. on Sunday, May 17th, WLNS reported. The golfing pals kept their six-foot distance from one another, drove their own golf carts, and refrained from giving high-fives after a good shot. But that didn’t stop their ability to relieve some stress while still staying safe.
“Oh, it was great,” Rozanski said. “I mean, you saw in the video the weather wasn’t exactly optimal for us, but it didn’t matter—it was just so nice to finally be out enjoying the game and we couldn’t been more happy doing it.”
Added Bulic “We were kind of apprehensive about all the things you read about—can you touch flag sticks, can you touch sand traps, and all that stuff. [But] they did such a nice job just making you feel comfortable and separating you so you could still be out there with a friend, we could still hit bad shots and laugh and just really enjoy a really nice pretty course.”
The “Hackers” plan to make more videos as the weather gets warmer and a summer season of “friendly” tee times unfolds, WLNS reported. To view the collection of videos they’ve posted so far, go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpAd5GUWqY-do4HezxvPoGw/videos