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About TeeBags

TeeBags makes plastic turf boards that lay over a cornhole board and transforms into a challenging golf hole.

TeeBags Headquarter Location

Chicago, Illinois,

United States

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Sep 28, 2017

About Yes, really. We thought long and hard about how to bring our love for golf, and the legendary game of cornhole, ‘bags’, as it’s known in the Midwest, and join them together in one beautiful union. Light bulb - TeeBags was born. 2017 seems to be the year of backyard golf games, but TeeBags is the ONLY product that fits on top of any cornhole board and transforms it into the most epic golf challenge ever. Our main differentiator is that our balls sit on the turf, just like how bags sit on a cornhole board. Trust me, the first time you experience it, you'll be hooked. Play indoors or outdoors - in the sun, or in a Chiberian snow storm. At just an inch and a half thick, the TeeBags board is lightweight and portable, yet durable enough to play under any conditions. We can pitch you on the concept all day long, but without your pledge, we can't share this gem with you or the rest of the world. So for the sake of mankind, back us now, spread the word, and let's GO BALLS OUT! In terms of quality, we wanted to design a product that we could be proud of. We didn't want to make another product that you could technically DIY for less. We pored into every detail when it came to materials, finishes, and gameplay. When we say we "designed" the product, we literally designed it personally from the ground up. Designed by TeeBags Co-Founder - Rich       "What if I don't have a cornhole board? ", you say? We've got you covered. Each board has a designed recess that fits beer bottles for those that just want to set up and play. Ante up a beer each, play a round, and loser drinks. It's as simple as that. Just so we’re extra clear, the cornhole boards and golf clubs are not included. We wanted to provide the most affordable solution to those who already own cornhole/golf clubs or have friends that do. The boards are made of a rigid, high-gloss ABS plastic that is extremely durable for outdoor use. Two types of artificial turf cover the top-side of the board, representing a short-grass green and a long-grass rough. The silicone cup extends out to fit into the hole of any cornhole board, and collapses when not in use so your TeeBags will store flat. The chipping mat is heavy enough to lay flat on top of grass, sand, gravel, or other uneven surfaces, and won’t move when you hit off it. This was super important for us not to take shortcuts on after trying several lighter mats that diminished the quality of gameplay. We chose a durable hitting turf that is typically used in high-end driving range mats. Each set comes with (4) white balls, (4) yellow balls, and a drawstring mesh bag to store them when not in use. Never would we have imagined having so many discussions around the hardness and bounciness of balls. We’ve iterated with our supplier to perfect our balls to be heavy enough to not roll off the board, soft enough to be indoor-friendly, and bouncy enough to feel realistic coming off the club. An iOS app will be available for download that will give gameplay summaries, scoring rules, and track scores (and wagers), for 5 different game options. Pop out the silicone cup and drop it into the hole of the cornhole board. Position the edge of the chipping mat 12 feet (or 10 small steps) away from the edge of the TeeBags board. The chipping mat is now your tee box and you can hit from anywhere within it. SCORING Bags Scoring - There are 3 ways to score: in the hole (5 points), on the green (3 points), and in the rough (1 point). Any ball touching any portion of the green turf is counted as a 3-pointer. Balls that fall short of the board on the fly but roll up to a scoring region DO count! Unless you say otherwise. Golf Scoring -  9 or 18 Holes - Lowest score wins. Handicap: If you can hit the board with pinpoint accuracy, play 1 ball/hole. If you can't hit the broad side of a barn, take 4 balls/hole, champ. The last ball you hit per hole is the score you keep for that hole. No shame in taking that par and moving on to the next hole. Miss the board? - BOGEY (+1) Hit the Rough? - PAR (-) CLUB SELECTION We recommend using a 56/60 degree wedges, but honestly use whatever you want. If your bump-and-run game is strong, use an 8 iron. Are you a non-golfer but a master of putt-putt? Pull out that putter - it actually kind of works. Prefer the low stinger with that 3 wood? Good luck, but give it a try - the foam balls won't hurt anything. Don't Try This at Home...   Feel free to establish house-rules for TeeBags - we encourage it. This game gets seriously competitive so you’ll appreciate a bit of a home-court advantage (trust us). Nevertheless, here is what we recommend as a starting point. TEEBAGS Bags Scoring - Cornhole rules. Instead of switching off after every shot like in cornhole, the first player will hit all 4 balls in a row, leaving the scoring balls on the board, then the opponent will hit the remaining 4 balls. Cancellation scoring is used, so the difference between your score and your opponent’s score is what’s counted. The team or player that scored in the previous round goes first in the following round. Play until a player/team meets or exceeds 21 points. 101 Bags Scoring - We’re bringing in a little bit of darts inspiration for this one. Start at 101 points. Each player will hit all 8 balls per round. Subtract from 101 as you score. First person to reach 0 points wins. MATCH PLAY Golf Scoring - For every hole, each player will hit up to 4 balls to count one score. Earn a point for each hole (or round) that you best your opponent. Holes that are tied are “halved” and no points are earned. Combined points for “won” holes, not strokes, wins the match. Play 9 or 18 holes. For any ties at the end of the match, a sudden death play-off is used - next player to win a hole wins the match. STROKE PLAY Golf Scoring - For each hole, each player will hit up to 4 balls to count one score. Record the score of only the last ball that each player hits, then move on to the next hole. Combine your total score after 9 or 18 holes. Player with the lowest score wins the match. For any ties at the end of the match, a sudden death play-off is used - next player to win a hole wins the match. SKINS Golf Scoring - Get your wallets out. Assign a monetary (or figurative for the non-gamblers) value for each skin. The lowest score for each hole between you and your opponent(s) wins that skin. For any ties, the skin carries over to subsequent holes. Count your winnings after 9 or 18 holes. *Cornhole board shown for illustration purposes only (not included)      Note: we were having such a blast filming others play our game for the first time that we, unfortunately, don't have a proper picture of the founders. Rich is a husband and father to two beautiful girls with another one on the way (TeeBags). He has 12 years of experience in Industrial Design, and was a weekend golfer until the kids came along. Now, as a full-time designer and father, he looks for any opportunity to keep his golf game fresh and that's how TeeBags was conceived. Ryan likes to use a chronic case of shanks as the reason why he isn't a stellar golfer, but the truth is every aspect of his game sucked until TeeBags came along. Now, he claims he would beat Phil Mickelson in a TeeBags match with his newfound chipping ability from exactly 12 feet. Nevertheless, Ryan is an avid golfer and product creator, with years of experience designing, engineering, and launching product both in Chicago and his new home in the heart of Silicon Valley. Risks and challenges This isn't our first rodeo - we have years of experience shipping numerous consumer products using overseas vendors. The only real risk that we foresee moving forward is not being able to get TeeBags into your hands as soon as we would like. We think we've mitigated this pretty well that is evident in the quality of our prototype, which really isn't a prototype by definition. All parts of our prototype were manufactured using tooling and assembly methods that will be used for mass production, and we actually even approved these processes on-site. With manufacturing overseas, there are always inherent risks but you have our promise that we will update you with any changes in schedule and we will be fully transparent with you throughout the process. At the end of the day, we wouldn’t be able to do this without your pledges.

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