All the ways Splash City Golf screwed up this year
Sometimes it can get tiring reading how successful everyone claims to be. So, this post details all the ways we screwed up in 2018! Whether you read this because you are a parent of one of the company’s founders, or your looking for inspiration on your startup journey, or for whatever reason, we hope you enjoy!
1.) We lost control of our brand new target
It was our first event of the year. An Open Swing at Sandlot. We were pumped to debut our new technology packed floating target. For the first few hours, everything went great! Then, all of a sudden, our target starting drifting away. We couldn’t stop it, our app wasn’t connecting with the target! The target ended up floating through a regatta, and crossed the entirety of Baltimore’s historic Inner Harbor, before it ended up crashing just outside of the Domino Sugar plant. We like to claim we set a world record for distance a floating golf target traveled. Luckily, thanks to some friendly boaters, we were able to get it back damage free.
2.) We lost control of our brand new target, again
We thought we had the kinks worked out after the first debacle…nope. This time it was a private event at Under Armour’s HQ. We sent out the target…and it’s gone. This time, two of our partners, Jamie and Shawn, commandeered a Baltimore Water Taxi and flagged our target down before it could drift out to sea. The crowd sure seemed to enjoy us chasing after this thing, and luckily they still had a blast hitting balls into the water.
3.) We locked the keys inside our trailer before an event
The trailer, you know, that has all of our stuff in it. Right before an event with Grey Goose. Yikes. Our guy Cole had to go to Ace Hardware and buy a special kind of saw just to break our locks and open the trailer. We legitimately had guys standing at Barcocina sawing locks off our trailer, while the Grey Goose team is watching and waiting. Our team kept their cool, which was great, but we had to start the event late, which wasn’t.
4.) We ignored the weather too much
Anyone who lives in the Baltimore area knows how much it rained this Spring, Summer, and Fall. We tried to persevere through it, consistently, but we learned a hard truth - people don’t want to hit balls in crappy weather. Unfortunately our stubbornness cost us some time and money, and one too many grayed-out images on Instagram.
5.) Our 4Runner broke down 9 million times
Using a 2002 Toyota 4Runner with over 250,000 miles on it to move our trailer around seemed like a good idea at the beginning of the season. Nope, IT. JUST. KEPT. BREAKING. DOWN. Unfortunately we had to cancel a few Open Swings because of it, and our team had a lot of interesting stories about the 4Runner breaking down in some not-so-great areas of Baltimore. Shout out to Uhaul for being around and saving our bacon on a few occassions.