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  • New Ernie Els iPhone App

    19 Nov 2013

    The free Ernie Els Lite app for iPhone is the ultimate golf training app for your real world golf game.

    Let Ernie Els, four-time major champion, help you improve your swing and short game...

    • LEARN with videos and tutorials from Ernie himself 
    • TRAIN with fitness exercises and workouts for flexibility, strength and more 
    • CHALLENGE YOURSELF with drills and mini games 
    • PERFECT your swing tempo with built-in metronome and swing analyzer 
    • TRACK progress and compete against friends

    Get Free iPhone App

    *Ernie Els apps are developed and supported by Driven Apps.

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  • TOUR UPDATE: WGT Winter Tour, Nov

    15 Nov 2013

    The first round of the WGT Winter Tour continues on as players compete for a spot among the top 50% in each tier and a chance to advance to Round 2.

    Check out this WGT Winter Tour replay from ianrussell2112 on the 11th hole of St Andrews.

    A traditional links course like St Andrews requires precise shot selection and strong course management. The famous 17th Road Hole at St Andrews is bordered by the road and features a shallow green guarded by a menacing deep bunker.

    When 10-time PGA Tour winner Steve Elkington (@elkpga) recently visited the WGT offices, he explained that depending on the hole location, experienced players often attempt to run the ball up on the right side of the green and play the break, or miss just to the far-left of the green leaving an easy uphill chip shot.

    Remember, Round 1 scores on St Andrews must be posted by 11/17 in order to qualify for Round 2 on Bethpage Black and Round 3 on Merion. The top 70 combined scores in each WGT tier win WGT Credits.

    Catch all the Winter Tour action here...

    WGT Winter Tour Leaderboards

    WGT Winter Tour Entry

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  • Give the Gift of Bandon Dunes

    13 Nov 2013

    Bandon Dunes is joining WGT in 2014, and they've just launched a BEAUTIFUL coffee table book that is the perfect gift for any golfer this holiday season.

    Bandon Dunes: Golf As It Was Meant To Be features never-before-seen shots of every single hole at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort's five courses from award-winning photographer Wood Sabold.

    Stephen Goodwin, author of Dream Golf: The Making of Bandon Dunes, provides narration throughout, while Bandon Trails architect Ben Crenshaw and owner Mike Keiser offer their insights into what makes Bandon Dunes so unique.

    Learn More And Order Yours

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  • TOUR UPDATE: WGT Winter Tour, Nov

    08 Nov 2013

    The WGT Winter Tour continues in November and makes its first stop this month at the Old Course at St Andrews.

    Players have been posting their best scores in this unlimited stroke play first round in hopes of making the top 50% cut in each tier and advancing to round 2 on Bethpage Black. Be sure to post your best score by 11/17 to qualify.

    The historic venue of St Andrews has played host to 28 Open Championships. Jack Nicklaus once said, "I fell in love with it the first day I played it. There's no other golf course that is even remotely close." You can experience the rich tradition of St Andrews too, free on WGT.

    The finishing hole at the Old Course can be daunting, but it is a great opportunity to close your round with a low number. Here are a few golf tips to help improve your score on the 18th hole at St Andrews...

    Try aiming your tee shot at the R&A clock and swing with confidence. There is plenty of room in this wide, bunker-less fairway. In order to reach the green in regulation and avoid the "Valley of Sin" on the front left side of the green, as precise distance control with your approach shot is essential. Prior to hitting your approach shot, consider wind direction, distance to the hole and club selection. Good luck!

    Play WGT Winter Tour

    View WGT Winter Tour Leaderboard

    Share your tips for playing St Andrews with us and the WGT community on the WGT Course Pages.

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  • Golfweek Top Resort Golf Courses

    07 Nov 2013

    Golfweek has just published its 2014 list of the Best Resort Golf Courses in the world.

    If you can't visit all these top-ranked courses, WGT gives you the chance to play them virtually!

    Bandon Dunes Resort claimed an impressive four of the top spots, including #1, #5, #6 and #11. WGT is currently in the process of shooting a Best Of Bandon course that will be added to WGT in early 2014.

    Also coming to WGT in 2014 is Pinehurst #2, host of the real-world and Virtual U.S. Open. Pinehurst #2 ranked 3rd on Golfweek's Best list, while Pinehurst #8, a course available on WGT, claimed the #70 spot. 

    Other WGT courses that made the Golfweek list include: #2 Pebble Beach, #8 Kiawah, #13 Harbour Town, #29 Challenge at Manele Bay and #49 Wolf Creek.

    One of our favorite holes is the 17th on the #8 ranked Kiawah Ocean course. The tricky par 3 is played over water to a tight green guarded by pot bunkers.

    You can test your skills and play the 17th hole at Kiawah yourself, free on WGT without signup.

    And yes, those sounds you hear while playing Kiawah are birds and the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy!

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  • New WGT Winter Tour in November

    07 Nov 2013

    The WGT Winter Tour continues in November, featuring three rounds of stroke play on three top WGT golf courses.

    Post your best score on St Andrews by 11/17, and the top 50% of scores in each tier will make the cut and move on to championship rounds 2 and 3 for a double WGT Credit purse.

    As a special offer, everyone who enters this 18-hole stroke play tournament will get one free Callaway Hex Chrome+ Slow Meter virtual golf ball.

    Play Winter Tour

    This free, multi-round stroke play tournament is played across 3 WGT courses: play Round 1 on St Andrews and post your best score by 11/17 to qualify for the single-play Round 2 on Bethpage Black and single-play Round 3 on Merion. The top 70 combined scores in each WGT tier will earn WGT Credit prizes. Open to WGT players in all countries.

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  • Save Time with Gimmes

    05 Nov 2013

    You can now take a Gimme for putts that are close to the hole on WGT.

    Gimme Putts are a great way to speed up games on WGT, so when you're short on time, just tap the ball in!

    Hack and Amateur players can take a Gimme when the ball is within 4 feet of the hole, and Pro tier and higher players can take a Gimme when the ball is within 2 feet of the hole.

    Try A Gimme

    Gimmes are available in the following game types on WGT...

    Hack and Amateur players (not in match play games)

    • Stroke Play Practice/Ranked
    • Skins Practice/Challenge

    Pro tier and higher players (not in ranked rounds or match play games)

    • Stroke Play Practice
    • Skins Practice
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  • TOUR UPDATE: WGT Winter Tour, Oct Champs

    01 Nov 2013

    Final rounds have been posted, and the results are in from Wolf Creek and the October WGT Winter Tour.

    In the prestigious Tour Legend tier, GLADSTONESCREWER has captured first place as dansamcam and Saurabh08 round out the top three.

    When asked about this month's WGT Winter Tour tournament, fourth place Tour Legend finisher fmagnets said, "I usually do well in CTTHs, so I enjoyed the challenge." The challenges of Pebble Beach, Harbour Town and Wolf Creek were well-played by champion, GLADSTONESCREWER, who posted scores of 35, 60, and 68 to claim the top spot on the leaderboard.

    Wolf Creek proved to be a difficult layout for many players, including Top 10 Tour Legend finisher, Courtney01 from South Africa. When asked which venue was the most challenging, Courtney01 agreed, saying, "so far it’s been Wolf Creek...[I] have lost a few balls on Hole 2 and 9 trying to get distances down. But well worth it." A true test of skills, the rugged desert terrain was quite a final round challenge, pushing finalists to be on top of their games.

    This has been an exciting tournament with some great rounds of golf posted across all tiers. Congratulations again to GLADSTONESCREWER and to all those who competed in the October WGT Winter Tour.

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    WGT WINTER TOUR WINNERS BY TIER

    • Tour Legend: GLADSTONESCREWER, UK
    • Legend: mapewest, Italy
    • Tour Master: BeachGolf, USA
    • Master: buratino, USA
    • Tour Pro: dsmithhi, USA
    • Pro: Sportbilly33, France

    The WGT Winter Tour returns in November with the first round being played on historic St Andrews, don't miss it! Plus, be sure to check back for weekly WGT Winter Tour news and updates...

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  • Spooky WGT Surprise Today

    31 Oct 2013

    It's Halloween in the USA, and we're celebrating by giving you a free Halloween virtual golf ball when you log in and play WGT Golf -- today only.

    Get your free WGT Halloween Vapor Ball, featuring a spooky purple vapor trail, plus scary distance and spin.

    Play WGT on the Web

    These also make great gifts, so go ahead and "treat" your WGT Golf friends to a cool virtual gift!

    *Special offer available to WGT Golf players that log in on 10/31, receive one free WGT Halloween Vapor Ball (L0+).

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  • Last Days of Leadbetter Challenge

    29 Oct 2013

    Don't miss your last chance to win a trip to The Leadbetter Golf Academy in Florida, by playing in the free Leadbetter Challenge tournament on WGT.

    The top leaderboard score and one lucky sweepstakes winner will each get a grand prize trip for two, to learn like the pros.

    We're also giving away Callaway and Odyssey virtual clubs to another 20 lucky sweepstakes winners, so post your score today!

    Play Free Tournament

    David Leadbetter is the new virtual golf instructor on WGT. Read his latest tip on Virtual Putting, exclusively for WGT players. 

    *The Leadbetter Challenge tournament runs thru 10/31/13, is free to enter and open to WGT players in all countries.

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