About TST

The Sand Trap celebrated its 12th year - a few lifetimes on the Internet - of providing quality content to millions of golfers earlier in 2016. TST is owned and operated by Erik J. Barzeski, a PGA member, instructor/author, and a member of Golf Digest's 2016-17 Best Young Teachers list.

TST's mission is to produce quality content that helps golfers play better golf, enjoy the game more, and connect with the people and groups or companies who share their passion for the sport.

As Erik is busy doing multiple things in golf (from Lowest Score Wins®, to 5 Simple Keys®, training instructors, working with students, Analyzr, evolvr), TST is not a full-time job. As such, TST is in the unique position of being able to work with people and companies whose products or missions add value to TST, while providing true "win-win" partnership solutions. Companies get to reach millinos of golfers on a tight budget, and Erik is free from chasing every last dollar to focus on instruction and content.

In 2016 The Sand Trap (TST) once again went out on our own and successfully had our first series of year-long partnerships. Due to the success of the program, we're continuing it in 2017 with slight revisions to allow for broader support for more partners.

Details are below.


1,000,000+ Monthly Page Views
400,000+ Monthly Unique Visitors
30,000+ Newsletter subscribers


97% Male
84% play more than 20 rounds of golf per year
87% Spend $2,000+ annually on golf
80% in the U.S., 11% in the UK

2017 Partnership Packages

In 2017, five partnership packages will be available. Each partnership package includes:

  • Two of ten (1/5th) of the top banner advertising spots (approx 900 x 140).
  • One of five (1/5th) of the top sidebar advertising spots (approx. 600 x 300).
  • Sponsor member accounts complete with badge, signature, etc. and an open invitation to engage with golfers in forum.
  • A permanent icon and link to your site on every page in our "2017 TST Partners" block.
  • Posting of all press releases/news feeds within the forum as requested.
  • Planned: A partners-only Twitter stream in the sidebar of each page of the site.
  • First option to sponsor (free!) the weekly TST Newsletter, emailed to 30,000+ golfers.
  • First rights to sponsor contests and the 2017 Newport Cup.

Only five partnerships are available in 2017, and they'll be offered on a combination "first-come, first-served" and "we have a few companies with whom we'd like to continue to work with" basis. For 12 full months of partnership (January 1 - December 31, 2017), TST is offering an exclusive price of $8,000. For only $750/month, you can reach an audience of hundreds of thousands of dedicated golfers, provide content and interact with golfers, and work with TST owners and staff to get the word out about your products, services, and brand.

Send an email to advertise@thesandtrap.com to get started today!! We're open to discussion about how we can best meet your needs, but expect these five spots to go quickly.

Monthly Partnership Plans

Monthly partnership plans are available as well, namely for the middle and bottom banner advertising spots. Please email advertise@thesandtrap.com if you'd like to purchase advertising and a limited partnership for anything from a two-week to six-month span.


  • 2016 TST Partners

    GAME Golf
    PING Golf
    Lowest Score Wins
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