Sunday, January 06, 2013

I Feel Like Some Punk Just Stole My Golf Clubs

How would you feel if that great set of golf clubs, the ones you absolutely love to play, the ones that you just had re-gripped and keep clean in a special place in the garage or in the trunk of your car ready at a moments notice to fly out the door early on a Saturday morning or when your golfing buddies call with a last minute tee know, those clubs...and the golf bag that your wife gave you for know the one that has all the right pouches and is the color you love, and holds all your clubs in the perfect places to grab confidently as you make your choice of your next shot...
let's not forget your golf shoes that you just bought...the ones that feel great and look even better as you stride down the fairway...I'm talking about the ones that you clean thoroughly and put into their individual shoe bags in that super duper traveling bag to keep perfectly clean for your next round...
oh, and your favorite glove and the special ball marker your Dad gave you on your graduation day which meant so much to you, and which you have been using to mark your ball in every round you've played since college, were also in the bag......

Well, how would you feel if they were all stolen from you by some bleepin' punk?

Well, I can tell stinks!  Yesterday, while testing our website for a new promotion, a BIG RED ALERT Message came up indicating that our website was Hacked and someone added Malicious Software on it. Although we have been online with a website for GolfGym for almost 20 years, to a newcomer to the site, the message screamed that we are bad and that they should leave now and never return.

What kind of person gets their kicks out of destroying someone else's stuff like that?

Luckily, I was able to get to our webmaster immediately and the "all nighter" began.  She immediately sprang into action and after thoroughly researching the problem and determining a serious breach had occurred, started another site so that any remnants of the "bugs" would be destroyed and our excellent ranking in Google would be restored. It feels a little like burning down the house to get rid of the termites...but it had to be done.

We will be working throughout the next few days to get the new site up and running, and I anticipate many more tweaks will need to be done to get the site flowing smoothly.

I guess God was telling us it's time for a new look and feel to our website.  Just like having your clubs stolen, the pain is sharp and makes you mad as heck for a while, but the smell and feel of a brand new set of clubs and shoes may pump some new life into you and your game. Yes, you will miss that special, "one of a kind" ball maker from your Dad, but you'll be sure to replace it with one that, with hope, will reinvigorate the feeling of what that special piece meant to you originally.  I'm getting a little sappy, but that's the only way I can justify the hurt done to us.

I'll let you know when we are up and running at full speed again.

Vicki and I thank all of you who have supported us over all these years. We will continue to do what we are committed to doing...that is, Helping Golfers Play Better to Enjoy The Game More.

Vicki and Ken Pierce


Blogger Bryan @ Foursum Golf said...

Vicki and Ken,

Are you sure there was actually an issue with your site? Was this in blogger? Often these things are Spam Ads and only become an issue when you click on it. They trick you by making the [x] in the corner part of the Ad.


Bryan & Friends @Foursum Golf!

6:17 AM  
Blogger Donald Rosenberge said...

Awful luck Ken, that's a horrible thing to happen. I'm a web developer and I've worked on the website of another golfing entity at Belmont Golf Course. Unfortunately for some reason, hackers and spammers see these websites as easy prey; whether they think that they older age of golfers mean they'll be less tech-wise, I don't know. I wish you all the luck in getting everything back up to scratch. If you need any help, please don't hesitate to e-mail me with any questions you might have.

6:46 AM  

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