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  • New Callaway HEX Chrome Balls

    13 Aug 2013

     

    WGT has upgraded all the Callaway Tour virtual golf balls to the latest Callaway HEX Chrome balls.

    You'll get top performance from Callaway – with a slower WGT swing meter to "ding" more shots, more control or more distance – for the same price as the original balls.

    Visit the WGT Pro Shop to see all the new HEX Chrome virtual golf balls, including:

    • Callaway HEX Chrome+ Balls with a slower swing meter - unlock at Level 1 and Level 34
    • Callaway HEX Chrome Balls with more control - start unlocking at Level 33 and Legend 
    • Callaway HEX Chrome+ Balls with more distance - start unlocking at Level 35 and Legend 

    Callaway HEX Chrome virtual golf balls start unlocking at Level 1 in the WGT Pro Shop.

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  • More Great Prizes for WGT Tournament Winners

    09 Aug 2013

    There are always online golf tournaments happening on World Golf Tour, and we have some new tournament winners to announce. We were able to award some of our players with a variety of great prizes, including dream golf trips, gift cards and WGT Credits. Note that some tournaments and prizes take a bit longer to confirm and finalize all the details, which is why you’ll sometimes notice a delay between the tournament ending and when we can announce the winners.

    Here are some more recent winners to join the WGT Winners Circle...

    Morning Drive Pebble Beach Challenge
    Winners:

    1. lmastrom 
    2. Austinhyd
    3. pfalizio

    Prize: These lucky sweepstakes winners each get a Morning Drive gift basket from Golf Channel’s popular Morning Drive TV show. Enjoy those coffee mugs, alarm clocks and pajamas!

    WGT Edgewood Championship
    Winner: Didymus
    Prize: Didymus was the lucky sweepstakes winner chosen at random to get a golf trip for two people to Tahoe, including 2 rounds of golf at Edgewood Tahoe, 2 nights at the Edgewood Tahoe lodge plus airfare.

    WGT R1 Challenge
    Winners:

    Prize: These players shot the best scores in each of their tiers in this special March tournament, and were awarded a TaylorMade R1 Virtual Driver.

    WGT Kiawah Championship
    Sweepstakes Winner: AdamDT
    Prize: As the lucky sweepstakes winner, AdamDT received a $500 Amazon gift card for playing in this free tournament.

    NKF Cadillac Golf Classic - Pebble Beach Challenge
    Winner: zcroberts
    Prize: This special tournament to benefit the National Kidney Foundation was a stroke play challenge played on Congressional. zcroberts was the lucky winner chosen at random to be the sweepstakes winner, getting a dream trip for two to the Pebble Beach Resorts. The grand prize trip includes 3 nights at the Inn at Spanish Bay, 2 rounds of golf plus airfare.

    eBay Golf Cup
    Leaderboard Winners:

    1. Win1Soon ($1,000 eBay Golf Gift Card)
    2. TigerWoo ($500 eBay Golf Gift Card)
    3. JCOlson ($250 eBay Golf Gift Card)

    Sweepstakes Winners ($500 eBay Golf Gift Card each)

    Be sure to check the WGT Tournaments page for new tournaments to play!

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  • WGT on Golf Course Architecture’s Top 100 Golf Courses

    08 Aug 2013

    There's a new ranking of the world's top golf courses, this from Golf Course Architecture magazine, as voted on by professional golf course architects, making for an interesting selection.

    WGT is honored to have 10 of these top 100 golf courses available to play free on the World Golf Tour golf game. Below are the WGT courses that made the list, including #1 St Andrews Old Course.

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    Golf Course Architecture’s Top 100 Golf Courses

    Ten top golf courses available on World Golf Tour.

    95. Olympic Club (Lake)
    California, USA
    Sam Whiting, 1927

    When the original 1924 Lake and Ocean courses designed by Willie Watson were damaged in landslides, superintendent Sam Whiting remodelled and rebuilt both. Robert Trent Jones reworked the Lakecourse, which is characterised by its severely sloping fairways, for the 1955 US Open, the first of five it has hosted, and Bill Love oversaw work in advance of the most recent, in 2012.

    88. Cabo Del Sol (Ocean)
    Baja California Sur, Mexico
    Jack Nicklaus, 1994

    Combining the best of desert and coastal golf, Cabo Del Sol’s Ocean course is one of just two Central American courses in the Top 100 list. In 2010/11 the club made significant changes to the fifth, sixth and seventh holes, taking play closer to the sea. Jim Lipe, who worked with Nicklaus to create the new holes, said: “With water crashing all around you on the sixth green and seventh tee, the connection to the ocean is greatly enhanced”.

    76. Harbour Town
    South Carolina, USA, 1969
    Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus

    Pete Dye had given Jack Nicklaus his first taste of design with a consulting role at The Golf Club in Ohio. But at Hilton Head Nicklaus had a hand in every hole, working alongside Pete Dye to create a design that remains one of the most distinctive on the PGA Tour.

    46. Bethpage (Black)
    New York, USA
    AW Tillinghast, 1936

    The first publicly-owned course to host a US Open, the Black is severely bunkered and extremely long. Tillinghast designed three of the five courses at Bethpage State Park, and Rees Jones’s firm conducted a thorough renovation of the Black in advance of the 2002 US Open.

    33. Kiawah Island (Ocean)
    South Carolina, USA
    Pete Dye, Alice Dye, 1991

    Originally designed to sit behind the dunes, Alice Dye suggested raising the entire course to provide views of the Atlantic. This also means that golfers are more exposed to the unpredictable winds, making a difficult course even tougher.

    27. Royal St George’s
    Kent, England
    Laidlaw Purves, 1887

    14 Open Championships have been hosted on the severely undulating links at Sandwich in south east England. With two loops of nine, rather than the traditional out-and-back links layout, players will typically have to cope with wind from all directions.

    21. Merion (East)
    Pennsylvania, USA
    Hugh Wilson, 1912

    Architects Tom Fazio and Tom Marzolf helped prepare the Merion for the 2013 US Open, demonstrating that there is still a place for historic courses with quirk, character and charm, and without excessive length, at major championships.

    14. Oakmont
    Pennsylvania, USA
    Henry Fownes, 1983

    “Oakmont is easily the best course I have ever played,” says Joe Jemsek. “It requires exacting shotmaking every hole, every shot.” David Krause adds: “Oakmont was a jaw dropping experience, beauty and terror all rolled into one.”

    8. Pebble Beach
    California, USA
    Jack Neville, Douglas Grant, 1919

    Jack Neville and Douglas Grant were amateur golfers hired by Samuel Morse to design a one-of-a-kind golf course at Pebble Beach. Neville told the San Francisco Chronicle: “Years before it was built, I could see this place as a golf links. Nature had intended it to be nothing else. All we did was cut away a few trees, install a few sprinklers, and sow a little seed.” A long roll-call of designers – including Herbert Fowler, the team of Robert Hunter, Chandler Egan and Alister MacKenzie, then Jack Nicklaus and most recently Arnold Palmer – have since also left their mark.

    1. St Andrews (Old)
    Fife, Scotland

    “The Old Course, incomparable, sits atop – forged by Mother Nature,” says Paul Mogford. Golf has been played at St Andrews for over 600 years, originally with players going out and then playing the same holes back in the reverse direction. The course evolved naturally, but Tom Morris, greenkeeper at St Andrews between 1865-1903, is generally regarded as having had the most influence on the current eighteen hole layout.

    Chad Goetz of Nicklaus Design says: “During the history of the profession, so many ideas and so much inspiration was taken from this course. I can’t think of any other course that has influenced design and the game more.”

    Brandon Johnson of Arnold Palmer Design Company says: “It is a place that is endlessly complicated, mysterious, intriguing, strategically challenging and stimulating under all circumstances and simultaneously breaks and defines all the rules of design. It stands in a category of its own.”

    Rick Robbins says: “The Old Course not only has such enormous tradition but in all respects has stood the test of time in regards to strategy of play and challenge to golfers. The fact that this icon of golf is open for all to play and is playable by all is an added bonus.”

    Top 100 Golf Courses

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  • St Andrews Hole 18 Preview

    04 Aug 2013

    The best female golfers in the world are taking on the home of golf this weekend on the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland, as part of the British Open Championship. WGT is previewing some of our favorite holes at St Andrews, which are all available to play free online on World Golf Tour.

    One of the most famous views in golf is the approach shot to the 18th green at St Andrews. Words can not describe the beauty and history of taking this shot. Enjoy!

    Play Hole 18 at St Andrews on WGT

    Sign up on WGT to create a free account and play all 18 championship courses online. Play with other players, upgrade your virtual equipment and join tournaments with fun prizes.

    See St Andrews Hole 17 Preview

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  • St Andrews Hole 17 Road Hole Preview

    03 Aug 2013

    The best female golfers in the world are taking on the home of golf this weekend on the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland, as part of the British Open Championship. WGT is previewing some of our favorite holes at St Andrews, which are all available to play free online on World Golf Tour.

    Possibly the most famous hole in all of golf, hole 17 starts with a blind tee shot over the corner of the hotel, followed by an approach over the infamous Road Hole Bunker to the shallow green. Hit too short and you're in the deep bunker, too long and you're out of bounds on the road...

    Play Hole 17 at St Andrews on WGT

    Sign up on WGT to create a free account and play all 18 championship courses online. Play with other players, upgrade your virtual equipment and join tournaments with fun prizes.

    See St Andrews Hole 11 Preview

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  • St Andrews Hole 11 Preview

    02 Aug 2013

    The best female golfers in the world are taking on the home of golf this weekend on the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland, as part of the British Open Championship. WGT is previewing some of our favorite holes at St Andrews, which are all available to play free online on World Golf Tour.

    One of the best known par-3 holes in the world, hole 11 is a classic design that is well-guarded by bunkers and hard to keep the ball on the green. A birdie here is a major accomplishment.

    Play Hole 11 at St Andrews on WGT

    Sign up on WGT to create a free account and play all 18 championship courses online. Play with other players, upgrade your virtual equipment and join tournaments with fun prizes.

    See St Andrews Hole 1 Preview

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  • St Andrews Hole 1 Preview

    01 Aug 2013

    St Andrews Hole 1 Preview

    The best female golfers in the world are taking on the home of golf this weekend on the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland, as part of the British Open Championship. WGT is previewing some of our favorite holes at St Andrews, which are all available to play free online on World Golf Tour.

    The first hole at St Andrews lets you know that things are a little different here than at your home course. A well-hidden canal, called the Swilcan Burn, cuts across the fairway right before a very large and undulating green.

    Play Hole 1 at St Andrews on WGT

    Sign up on WGT to create a free account and play all 18 championship courses online. Play with other players, upgrade your virtual equipment and join tournaments with fun prizes.

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