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  • March 2016 Game Updates

    30 Mar 2016

    See what’s new on WGT today, including these most recent updates...

    NEW

    Pebble Beach – Full 18 stroke play course now available! Play Free

    Nation Pebble Beach Tournament – Special two-week tournament on the new Pebble Beach full course, featuring Uneven Lies for an added challenge, for WGT Nation players only. Play Now

    Cobra King F6 Hybrids – New virtual hybrid clubs help you hit longer with more forgiveness, plus the slower WGT swing meter helps make your shots easier to hit. See Hybrids in Pro Shop

     

    Fixes and Improvements

    Shot Clock Violations – We've reduced the number of shot clock violations allowed from four to two, before a player is disqualified from the game

    Last Ball – Fixed an issue where some players were incorrectly being shown the "Last Ball" message in multiplayer games, even though they still had balls left in their inventory

    Replays Causing Blue Screen Error – Fixed an error that caused a "blue screen" to occur when players tried to watch certain game replays

    Multiplayer Games Getting Stuck – Fixed an issue that caused some Multiplayer Skins games to appear "stuck" after one player picked their ball up on the green

     

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  • Easter Bunny Challenge, Hosted by Team Yancy

    25 Mar 2016

    Don't miss the WGT Community Pinehurst No. 2 Easter Bunny Challenge this weekend, running Sat-Sun (3/26-3/27).

    Calling all community "Egg-Xplorers!" Well-known WGT player, YancyCan, invites you to a virtual Easter Egg and Bunny hunt this weekend on Pinehurst No. 2.

    That's right Pinehurst #2 is filled with rare hidden eggs and Team Yancy is dedicating this weekend to find them and wants you to join! Did we mention there's also a GIGANTIC bunny to find?!

    What you need to know:

    • The event kicks off Saturday (3/26) at 9:00 AM (PDT)
    • Log on to the [WGT Forum] and find the thread titled "Easter Bunny Challenge 2016" http://www.wgt.com/forums/
    • Follow instructions within that thread and submit your screenshots
    • There are various ways to win an assortment of prizes from Yancy himself – rumor has it that this even includes a BACON BOWL!

    If you're unfamiliar with these hidden Easter Eggs (special gifts from MisterWGT), we'll let Yancy explain the history and give you all the details of this weekend event:

    "TAKE THE PINEHURST NO. 2 EASTER BUNNY CHALLENGE

    Hosted by Team Yancy

    In September of 2014, a WGT player shanked his tee shot on hole #5 & found an ornate "Easter Egg" next to one of the trees that line the sides of the holes on this world known golf course with such rich history.

    Upon posting his game screen capture of this into the WGT forums, the community soon learned from MisterWGT himself what had been found:

    "Very impressive find! When at Pinehurst, I kept hearing drunken local rumors of the infamous and elusive rabbit and its treasured eggs (i.e. alien pods). Little did I know that our team would have captured such a rare sighting... let alone a hidden treasure on all 18 holes!"

    What followed was an almost 2 week-long drama filled explorations until all of the 18 eggs & the Easter Bunny were found and shared. The "Egg-Xplorers" would share their stories from out on the course and now it has become, and will stay, part of the epic Pinehurst golf history.

    Now in 2016, we revisit Pinehurst No. 2 and invite those who have not seen this Easter Bunny (and those who have) to a fun weekend of bunny-themed golf competitions on WGT.com!

    Join the fun in the forums and show off your skills: "SHOTGUN START" @ 9AM Saturday PST – Easter Bunny Challenges to be explained then

    Find that pesky rabbit & post your own Pinehurst No. 2 Easter Bunny screen capture for multiple event chances to win an assortment of prizes - including some random prize drawings everyone who participates has an opportunity to win a prize!

    How to enter and play in the hunt & challenges: Follow the main thread for this event in the WGT Forums – all entries must be done in the thread titled "Easter Bunny Challenge 2016" -- will be live at 9:00 AM PT!

    This thread is open to all questions, comments and the likes. Help will be present almost around the clock thru the competitions in main thread.

     

    HAPPY RABBITTING AND GOOD LUCK TO ALL!"

     

    Special thanks to WGTer andyson for the event image above.

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  • Spring is for golf and flowers (aka CC Event #20)

    24 Mar 2016

    Spring is officially here, so welcome the changing season with your WGT Country Club this week in CC Event #20.

    Compete against other clubs in CC Event #20 today and tomorrow for in-game rewards, including these lovely flower tees and flags – handpicked by WGTChampion himself!

    Visit Country Club Page to Join

    CC Events allow WGT Country Clubs to compete against each other for golf glory and special in-game rewards. The club that earns the most total points from their Clashes wins.

    Each Event is made up of Club Clashes that last for a limited amount of time (usually a few hours). When your club enters the event, you'll get matched with another club close to your skill level, and a timer will show how much time is left in that Clash. Club members from both clubs can play as many rounds as they want during that time, using Club Passes and Superpasses to earn points.

    Learn more about CC Events and Club Clashes


     

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  • WGT19th Hole - toolman957: The World Traveler

    21 Mar 2016

    The "WGT 19th Hole" series focuses on featuring the players, personalities and country clubs that make up the global WGT community.

    toolman957 - The World Traveler

    This week's WGT 19th Hole is a fun one, in that the nomination was "crowdsourced" by the WGT Forum. There was an entire forum post dedicated to this nomination that was created by fellow players, agreeing that toolman957 should be the next WGT 19th Hole featured player. To give you an idea of what convinced us, here are some posts straight from the forum:

    "Toolman957 is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. He is kind, respectful and generous, always willing to help and he is very humble. Toolman957 has helped me with my game in many ways and I consider it a privilege to play with him. He's legit, and the real deal. He deserves to be recognized by the WGT community because it's people like toolman957 that make this web site and this game great. I cant thank him enough for all he has done." - WGTer CEverett12

    "Toolman957 is an asset to our Country Club and to WGT as a whole and I have yet to play with another player of his caliber that is as humble as he is. He is always supportive and helpful. He does so much for others without anyone even knowing and it's an honor to lose to him on a regular basis. lol" - WGTer TurtleFowler

    "Toolman957 AKA Mike has been a good friend and mentor to me and my game. He's a stand-up guy always there to help." - WGTer offthedeck

    "...His willingness to help other players get better and patiently answer questions makes Toolman957 a credit to both his country club and to the entire WGT community." - WGTer Nomarbob2000

    There were pages of great comments about toolman957 – three to be exact – but we had to cut it off somewhere!

    Known as Mike outside the WGT Community, toolman957 is a retired United States Air Force Veteran of 28 years and says if he could live anywhere in the U.S. it would be Maui, Hawaii, "...where a person can play a different golf course every day of the week." Which makes sense, given he's an avid golfer who has been playing since he was 13 years old.

    When it comes to traveling the world, he has the map covered, "I've been stationed in Guam, Philippines, Germany, England and Korea. During my military career I traveled many places abroad, including Japan, Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, China and South America. I finished out my career after 2 tours in Desert Storm. I've been in every state in the U.S. with the exception of Alaska, hopefully will make it there someday."

    When toolman957 isn't playing Pebble Beach, Kiawah Island or Bethpage Black on WGT you can find him dreaming of playing at his favorite golf courses in real life: Wailea Golf Club Emerald Course in Maui, HI or the Palmer Course at Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix, AZ.

    Do you have any advice for new players on WGT?

    "Practice and practice, ask upper tiers for advice and play higher tiers as much as possible because eventually you will be there – sooner than you might think. Also try not to get too frustrated, everyone has bad days. Most of all, just have fun and enjoy meeting people."

    Thanks for your service Mike, we hope you make it to Alaska soon! And when you do, we suggest the summer months where you can golf without snow. 

    PS: We reached out to our friends at Settlers Bay Golf Course in Wasilla, Alaska, who have generously offered Mike a round of golf whenever he makes it out there! 

    WE WANT TO GET TO KNOW YOU! If you'd like us to feature you or someone you know in a future "WGT 19th Hole" profile, please let us know at: players[at]wgt.com.

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  • Get 3 Free Callaway Balls Today

    18 Mar 2016

    Get 3 free Callaway virtual vapor balls this weekend when you buy 2,000 or more WGT Credits!

    We're so close to the weekend, don't miss this special offer to get you there faster AND improve your game.

    These balls from Callaway give you more distance, control and a slower WGT swing meter, plus trace your shots through the air with the added vapor trail.

    Buy WGT Credits

    Use your WGT Credits to upgrade your virtual equipment and compete in paid games for prizes.

    Special offer for players that buy 2,000 or more WGT Credits today through tomorrow (3/18/16-3/19/16) on WGT, get 3 Callaway HEX Chrome+ Vapor virtual golf balls (L39+).

    Offer valid on ONE 2,000 or more WGT Credit purchase only.

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  • New Clubs from Cobra

    11 Mar 2016

    Get more distance, forgiveness and lots of style with the newest virtual clubs from Cobra in the WGT Pro Shop.

    The new Cobra King F6+ Driver is available in four different colors for you to choose from, including blue, green, orange and white. Unlocks at Level 5 and Level 63 for high-level players.

    The Cobra King F6 3 Wood gives you distance and a slower WGT swing meter, and comes in blue, green and orange so you can pick your favorite. Unlocks at Level 7 and Level 64 for high-level players.

    Shop New Cobra Clubs


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  • Take Your Club to New Heights in CC Event #19

    10 Mar 2016

    Start your weekend early with a hot air balloon ride (sort of) in this week's CC Event #19, going on now through Fri, 3/11!

    Round up your country club members to compete today and tomorrow against other clubs for in-game prizes, including these colorful hot air balloon tee markers and flags that are sure to take your club to new heights.

    Take Off to CC Event #19

    CC Events allow WGT Country Clubs to compete against each other for bragging rights and special in-game rewards. The club that earns the most total points from their Clashes wins!

    Each Event is made up of Club Clashes that last for a limited amount of time (usually a few hours). When your club enters the event, you'll get matched with another club close to your skill level, and a timer will show how much time is left in that Clash. Club members from both clubs can play as many rounds as they want during that time, using Club Passes and Superpasses to earn points.

    Learn more about CC Events and Club Clashes

    Not in a WGT Country Club yet? Learn more and join one (or start your own!) here.

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  • WGT 19th Hole - YankeeJim: An East Coast Guy with a Lot to Say

    08 Mar 2016

    The "WGT 19th Hole" series focuses on featuring the players, personalities and country clubs that make up the global WGT community.

    YankeeJim - An East Coast Guy with a Lot to Say

    WGTer YankeeJim is an original ("OG") player, who has been actively playing WGT and contributing to the forums since 2009. He discovered WGT as a replacement for his old golf game (of 10 years!), just after the Bethpage Black course had been added to the game and says, "It was quite addicting, especially if you're a real golfer, like I am."

    YankeeJim lives in New York ("God's Country - Upstate New York" to be exact), about 3 1/2 hours west of Bethpage Black. He says, "Upstate is just like what you see on that course" and that "the first time [he] ever saw Upstate New York [he] knew [he] wasn't leaving."

    A west coaster's look at New York – if they've never seen it – is New York City. That's what I knew in my mind, and when I was presented with the opportunity to move to New York I wasn't thrilled. I didn't want to live in the big city. Heh, shows what I knew. I flew into Syracuse and drove to Rochester to find a place to live, and was absolutely astounded by what I saw. The drive from Syracuse to Rochester on the NYS Thruway knocked me out. I couldn't believe the cornfields and cows and farmhouses and all the space! This ain't the big city, this is home! That was 36 years ago."

    Aside from being a proud New Yorker, YankeeJim is a self-taught cabinetmaker: "I design and build custom kitchens, I do it from scratch and I work alone. I like to say I do for a living what most guys do for a hobby. It's hugely rewarding." Check out these pictures he shared with us from a recent project:

    So, why do you play WGT?

    "I became totally immersed in the game and the community is a bonus. I've been a forum rat from the start and totally enjoy the characters and discussions that fill it daily. It's also a great way to share stuff, especially game specifics. I have zero patience with players that blame the game for their shortcomings. I play the same game and I can explain 99% of my results, so I'm sure it's the same for anybody that pays attention."

    "As such an experienced player, we asked what advice he would give to new WGT players. His advice: "I have always played this game by feel...In fact, I learned early on if you play this game with the same mindset you play a real course, you will do well. Learn your clubs and play smart around the courses. Bethpage Black was brutal with starter gear and I couldn't qualify for the first VUSO because I couldn't get better than 66 and I think the cut was low 60s." Put more simply, "You can't do anything about the shot you just made, pay attention to the next one."

    What's in YankeeJim's Virtual Golf Bag

     

    • TaylorMade R1
    • TaylorMade R11s 3 Wood (can't hit the Big Bertha to save my life)
    • Nike Vapor Irons
    • Cleveland CG16 Wedges
    • Nike Method Putter
    • Nike 20XI-X Balls 

    "I have always played with the best equipment available. I like the Nike balls because the Vapor carry is close to the rated distance with them. Knowing club carry is the biggest thing to learn, IMO, and the combination makes it easy to play by feel. Judicious use of the spin required."

    Besides playing WGT and building beautiful cabinetry, you can find YankeeJim spending time with his family, taking care of his wife who lives with MS and cheering on the New York Yankees -- here he is at a game with his two sons!

    Thanks for sharing, YankeeJim, and good luck in this year's Virtual U.S. Open...make that cut!

    WE WANT TO GET TO KNOW YOU!  If you'd like us to feature you or someone you know in a future "WGT 19th Hole" profile, please let us know at: players[at]wgt.com.

     

     

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  • Play the First Major of the Year on WGT

    08 Mar 2016

    Be the first to win an exclusive WGT Virtual Tour champion avatar, by competing in the final tournament of the Jan-Mar Quarterly Season in the WGT Virtual Tour.

    Play the Chambers Bay Championship Major, featuring an unlimited play first round (3/1-3/25) and two single-play final rounds (3/26-3/28 and 3/29-3/31) to determine your final score. The top 70 combined scores in each Pro-Champion tier will split a total purse prize of 200,000 WGT Credits, plus the winners will get to "wear" the new champion crown for the following month.

    Play March Major

    NEW this year, winners of each Pro-Champion tier in both the monthly tournaments and Quarterly Seasons will automatically display new "reigning champion" icons next to their player name during their reign (through the next month). Plus, each Quarterly Season champion (Pro-Champion tier) will receive an exclusive WGT avatar that's theirs to keep.

    Every player that enters the March Chambers Bay Championship tournament will receive a free Chambers Bay virtual golf ball, just for playing!

    Follow full WGT Virtual Tour coverage on Golf Channel, including online scores, virtual leaderboards, updates and even interviews with WGT players, just like the professional tours. See Golf Channel Coverage.

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  • We're giving away a SkyTrak

    03 Mar 2016

    Play the Swing Into Spring SkyTrak Challenge tournament on WGT and you could win a free SkyTrak personal launch monitor with new WGT integration!

    Spring is around the corner, so what better way to prepare to get back out on the course than swinging your own clubs?

    This tournament is going on now and runs through 3/14, so be sure to play now for your chance to win. One lucky sweepstakes winner will be chosen at random to receive a free SkyTrak with a year's subscription featuring WGT Golf.

    Win a SkyTrak 

    This tournament is open for all WGT players to enter, but only eligible countries can win. See rules for details and eligibility.



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