Bet365 have worked tirelessly to become one of the biggest bookmakers in the world and they have done this by being a company that isn’t afraid to go against the grain and try something new. When they first started out a big feature that they integrated was that of live betting and since then pretty much every bookmaker has gone on to offer this service as a result.
It always seems like each bookmaker has done pretty much all they can to exhaust what’s on offer to the average Joe punter, but when companies such as bet365 start adding features such as live streaming and even massively detailed stats sections, it never ceases to amaze.
The golf section at bet365 has probably been one of their biggest expanding sports and over the span of just a few years its gone from offering very little to becoming one of, if not the most detailed on the net. Not only does it cover pretty much every pro tour and event, but also includes a wide range of amateur and ladies tours from around the globe.
On top of all this, bet365 have one of the biggest sign up bonuses in the industry where you can claim up to £/$200 in free bets when registering a new account. It’s a really simple free bet to claim, but should you have any problems, their customer support has widely been regarded as an outstanding accolade for the bookmaker.
Betfred are another outstanding UK based bookmaker with a rich history within the gambling industry. It’s pretty common knowledge that Betfred invest a vast amount of time and resources into producing some of the best football and horse racing markets going, so it’s always nice to see that other sports, such as golf, haven’t been overlooked.
In more recent times, Betfred have been known as the ‘Bonus King’ and it’s definitely an aspect of the company that we enjoy taking advantage of. To start with you can claim a free bet worth £/$25 when you open a new account. Their golf betting promotions will range deepening on the popularity of the tournament, but we have recognised that they don’t provide as many as some other bookmakers such as Coral and Bet Victor.
Their golf betting section is comprehensive, without ever really being an industry leader. Whilst it doesn’t feel as though the sport has been left behind by any means, it just doesn’t have the same range of markets as the bookmakers at the top. Having said that, for the majority of punters Betfred will be an outstanding choice with events from around the world including the PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA and the four majors all covered with a reasonably high amount of consideration.
Over the years, Bet Victor have been there and seen pretty much everything the gambling industry has to offer. They have been one of many to re-brand, changing its name from the worldwide renowned Victor Chandler, to what it is today. One of the most remarkable things about is that whilst others have done this previously, few have to the success that Bet Victor has, proving how massively popular this bookmaker has become.
Bet Victor have been one of the biggest covering sportsbooks for golf for a number of years now and one area that we think they excel in is golf specific promotions. These will range depending on the tournament, but more often than not there is a massive incentive for using this bookmaker as your number one for golf betting.
Not only can you get a plethora of markets to choose from but with Bet Victor you will find that they will be there or thereabouts top price for the majority of these markets. This isn’t just a theme that you will see from their golf betting section, but in fact something that runs true throughout their sportsbook.
As a final addition, you can bag yourself a free bet worth up to £/$25 when you register a new account. It’s widely regarded as one of the simplest free bets to claim as your first bet will be matched and then the free bet credited straight to your account to use as you please.
Betfair are the world’s largest betting exchange and with that comes one of the most diverse bookmakers in circulation. Whilst plying their trade as an exchange site, they have recently amalgamated this with a more traditional style sportsbook offering their users the best of both worlds.
They cover pretty much every sport in huge detail, with golf being no exception to that rule. Their market coverage of events around the world is rivalled by very few and they see golf as being one of their bread and butter sports. Market depth is also very impressive within the sport amassing dozens of markets for each event.
On top of all this users can pick up a hugely generous £50 free bet when registering a new account, which also happens to be one of the easiest to claim in terms of meeting the betting criteria. They go on to offer a wealth of promotions for just about every event on the PGA and European Tour, along with the four majors of the year. They range in diversity, but you can expect to get inflated odds for certain golfers, money back specials and increased pay outs for each way betting.
Their golf section also includes a pretty hefty statistics and tipster sections allowing you make your picks more profitable. Their writers include a number of ex-players and highly thought of journalists from within the golfing sector.
Come On is one of the smaller bookmakers that we promote and have been operating successfully for only a few years. In that time though, they have managed to create a really strong sportsbook and provide a realistic alternative to some of the more mainstream bookmakers.
In all honesty, their golf section is a little thin on the ground, but they do offer up a number of markets from the major tours and also the bigger tournaments that are taking place. The depth in which these tournaments are covered isn’t in the same league as say a Betfair or bet365, but it’s still a commendable effort from such a youthful bookmaker.
You can claim a free bet when registering a new account amassing the sum of £/$25, but it’s a little tricky to clear as only involves combo bets of two or more picks at odds of 2.00 or greater.
The size of the bookmaker definitely holds them back in what’s now a thriving sport for the gambling industry, but as we mentioned, if you have exhausted all of the bigger bookmakers for free bets, then these guys are definitely someone to consider.
What has been impressive is how much they have grown over their short timescale. There’s little doubt that football is the companies bread and butter, but even this has been something they have had to work towards. We do feel that if they continue to grow and provide markets like they have for football, in another few years golf might be a sport that sees the same sort of improvement and growth.
Coral have been established as one of the leading bookmakers in the world for a number of years now. One of the ways they have done this is by integrating a huge range of markets and sports for punters to bet on, whilst also offering up a tidy free bet promotion worth up to £/€20 when registering a new account.
What’s been one of the best things about Coral is their ability to keep offering up a ton of offers once you’ve already registered an account; something that isn’t actually all that common for most bookmakers. Luckily, golf is included in that and you can likely find some sort of promotion for pretty much all the larger European Tour and PGA Tour events. The promotions will range depending on the popularity of the tournament, but will likely be some sort of inflated price for certain golfers or an extended range of each way places paid.
It’s good to see that Coral have also invested time and money into the markets in which they offer for the game of golf. Your standard outright winner markets are there, but a number of notable inclusions are match betting, live betting and group betting. On top of that they also include a number of golf related features which range in their uses to be honest, but we think that pretty much everything on offer adds some value to the bookmaker, if not all that ground breaking.
Ladbrokes are one of the most recognisable bookmakers in the industry, with their heritage dating back to the 1920’s. A company of this size and stature often cover the majority of the larger sports exceedingly well, and whilst golf is highly thought of sport for Ladbrokes, it possibly doesn’t have as big a coverage as you may think.
They do promote a pretty decent number of tournaments from around the world, with both the PGA Tour and European Tour getting some strong coverage. Where we were particularly let down with the site is their market depth, with just a handful on offer, even for some of the bigger competitions.
The flip side of this a cracking sign up offer worth up to £/$50 when registering a new account. These guys have always been very generous when it comes to getting people through the door and this bonus just underlines that. Once in though, the promotions for golf will be few and far between, although we have seen them offer some of the best in the industry paying out a hefty 10 places for one of the majors in 2013.
Their pricing has always been excellent at Ladbrokes as well, and are usually very competitive in the outright winner market. We can’t help but feel that for a company with the size and heritage of Ladbrokes that golf is a bit of a forgotten sport. Football, horse racing and now darts and three areas in which they promote heavily, with a number of high profile sports – golf being one – falling at the way side.
Sky Bet always feel as though they are still pretty new to the gambling industry, but actually they have been around for a number of years now, with each year seemingly improving no end. One thing to note is that they only open their doors to punters for the UK and Ireland, so a worldwide brand they are not.
One of the best things about Sky Bet is their affiliation with Sky Sports and you can pretty much guarantee that if the television service is showing a sport, then Sky Bet will be covering it in a high amount of detail. Golf just so happens to be one of the most popular sports from their satellite service and in turn, they offer a good range of markets on their sportsbook.
Their sign up bonus of a £30 free bet is nice little addition to the bookmaker, but unfortunately their golf specific promotions are few and far between. It’s a bit of a conundrum this one as they already have the audience to target from the coverage the sport gets on Sky Sports, but seem reluctant to really promote many offers.
Their newly designed mobile app also includes everything that you can find from their sportsbook in regards to golf, making a nice addition. We don’t think these guys really compete with your bet365’s or Bet Victor’s just yet, but they have been one of the bookmakers that we have seen the largest growth from over the last 5 years.