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  • WGT Tip: Don't Share Accounts!

    13 Apr 2009

    When you play WGT, be sure to log in using your own account. Our terms of service allows each player to have just one account, and to only play the game using your own account. By sharing an account with someone else, or playing games using another person's account, you run a risk of having the accounts blocked. You also run the risk of being disqualified from any tournaments you played.

    Speaking of the terms of service, be sure to check them out from time to time as they change periodically.

    Happy golfing.

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  • Playing The Masters Online?

    10 Apr 2009

    The Masters is underway and the players are dominating the course. Even some of the older players such as Larry Mize and Greg Norman are near the top of the leaderboard. Augusta National has lengthened the course, added more trees, and shifted tee boxes, but the course didn’t put up much of fight against the pros. The soft greens and the easy pin placements allowed for some really low scores.  Tiger Woods shot a 2-under 70 but was 7 shots behind the leader. One good omen for Tiger though is that he shot an opening-round 70 in his first three Masters victories.

    All of us at World Golf Tour are watching the tournament and enjoying every minute of it. The Masters website is asking how people would like to see The Masters represented in an online game. Can you imagine playing Augusta in WGT? Post a comment on their website and give a plug for WGT! http://www.masters.com/ggw/ggw_newaudience.html

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  • Scheduled Downtime 11:59PM PST

    07 Apr 2009

    Heads up everyone, we have a system maintenance scheduled for tonight at 11:59pm PST that will require us to take down the site for up to 30 minutes. Please be sure to save any unfinished games before this time!

    WGT

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  • Recent Tournament Winners 4/5/09

    05 Apr 2009

    Congratulations to the following recent tournament winners!

    Kiawah Resort Challenge

    HACK TIER

    1st: keith35
    Prize: $100 Amazon.com Gift Card

    2nd: albo1greens
    Prize: $75 Amazon.com Gift Card

    3rd: SlimShady
    Prize: $50 Amazon.com Gift Card

    AMATEUR TIER

    1st: PortsD
    Prize: $150 Amazon.com Gift Card

    2nd: Hightower3
    Prize: $100 Amazon.com Gift Card

    3rd: gitthe
    Prize: $75 Amazon.com Gift Card

    ExpertCEO Open

    HACK TIER

    1st: Bub4RAIDERZ
    Prize: $100 Amazon.com Gift Card

    2nd: BeachGolf
    Prize: $50 Amazon.com Gift Card

    3rd: Ross4Fun
    Prize: $25 Amazom.com Gift Card

    AMATEUR TIER

    1st: tibbets
    Prize: $200 Amazon.com Gift Card

    2nd: LincolnParkDave
    Prize: $75 Amazon.com Gift Card

    3rd: ncviz
    Prize: $25 Amazon.com Gift Card

    St. Valentine's Open

    HACK TIER

    1st: MrHitch
    Prize: $150 Restaurant.com Gift Card

    2nd: Drop-n-a-2
    Prize: $100 Restaurant.com Gift Card

    3rd: volmoss
    Prize: $75 Restaurant.com Gift Card

    AMATEUR TIER

    1st: marioh
    Prize: $175 Restaurant.com Gift Card

    2nd: mike9217
    Prize: $125 Restaurant.com Gift Card

    3rd: gitthe
    Prize: $100 Restaurant.com Gift Card

    Week 10 Skill Challenge Sweepstakes

    Winner 1: gmdevils
    Prize: 200 WGT Credits

    Winner 2: Huskerchad
    Prize: 200 WGT Credits

    Winner 3: Wemyss
    Prize: 200 WGT Credits

    Week 11 Stroke Play Tournament

    HACK: ckauffman
    Prize: WGT Credits

    AMATEUR: TXBowhunter
    Prize: WGT Credits

    Week 11 Skill Challenge Sweepstakes

    Winner 1: LBB1
    Prize: 200 WGT Credits

    Winner 2: Thinkel
    Prize: 200 WGT Credits

    Winner 3: TitileistTim
    Prize: 200 WGT Credits

    Week 12 Stroke Play Tournament

    HACK: greatjuno
    Prize: WGT Credits

    AMATEUR: Pixie-pivot
    Prize: WGT Credits

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  • New April Tournaments

    02 Apr 2009

    Play the front side, the back nine or the full 18 in this month's tournaments. With the addition of Wolf Creek and the back nine of The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island Golf Resort, April's tournaments have raised the stakes and expanded the playing field. Here's a deeper look at some of the new tournaments, and their formats and prizes:

    "Play with Parker" 18-Hole Open - Unlimited Play!

    The next best thing to playing on the PGA tour is playing a round of golf with a PGA Professional. "The Play with Parker" Open is your chance to make a golf dream come true, where you will get to play a round of golf with Parker McLachlin. Compete in WGT's first unlimited full 18-hole stroke play tournament and win an all-expense-paid trip to Parker's home course, the TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course. And yes, Parker McLachlin is the PGA golfer who played basketball with President Barack Obama. He also won the 2008 Reno-Tahoe Open and tied for 5th place in the 2008 AT&T Classic. Golf with Parker, airfare, hotel and spending money are included. Eligibility: US, Canada. Entry fee: 1,800 credits.
    Enter now

    April Kiawah Back Nine Open

    Compete on the back nine holes of The Ocean Course in this stroke play tournament. Winners get new virtual clubs! Eligibility: US, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia, Norway, Japan. Entry fee: 100 credits
    Enter now

    The Wolf Creek Challenge Sweepstakes

    Find out why Wolf Creek is considered one of the most beautiful courses in the world in this free-to-enter skills challenge sweepstakes. Winner takes home a USD $100 Amazon.com gift card. Eligibility: US, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia, Norway
    Enter now

    April Amateur Open

    Amateur Tier players compete for premium golf gear in this 18-hole stroke play tournament on The Ocean Course. Prizes include a PING Rapture Driver and a TaylorMade Burner Rescue with graphite shaft. Eligibility: US, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia, Norway, Japan. Entry fee: 800 credits.
    Enter now

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  • Is Your Swing Hot or Not?

    30 Mar 2009

    If you haven't posted your hottest swing for a chance to win a $500 gift card to Golfsmith, do it before June 30! In the meantime, check out the great swings that have been posted so far and cast your vote!

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  • USGA, WGT To Launch Free Virtual U.S. Open Championship

    25 Mar 2009

    USGA announced today their partnership with WGT to host the first Virtual U.S. Open Championship! See the full press release below:

    Far Hills, N.J. -  The United States Golf Association and World Golf Tour (WGT) announced Wednesday that they have formed an agreement to host the first Virtual U.S. Open Championship on www.USOPEN.com.

    Developed in partnership with Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y., the Virtual U.S. Open will take place on a state-of-the-art simulation of the Black Course at Bethpage, allowing golf enthusiasts everywhere to play an online golf championship from their computers at no cost, at the same time and on virtually the same course as the actual U.S. Open competitors in June.

    Visitors to www.USOPEN.com, the official Web site of the U.S. Open, can play qualifying rounds for the Virtual U.S. Open, beginning May 25 through June 21. The top 156 qualifiers plus ties will then square off for the Virtual U.S. Open title on June 22. The winner will be crowned the USGA Virtual U.S. Open Champion and will be a guest of the USGA at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif.

    A closest-to-the-hole challenge on WGT’s virtual Bethpage Black will be available starting April 13, on www.USOPEN.com for players to test their skills, before the Virtual U.S. Open qualifying rounds begin.

    “This is a unique opportunity for fans to experience a very realistic online representation of the Black Course at Bethpage State Park,” said Alex Withers, USGA managing director of Digital Media. “We are thrilled to be able to bring this product to golf fans around the world and to be working with World Golf Tour on this exciting project.”

    WGT has utilized its patented technology to bring Bethpage Black to life online. First, nearly 100,000 high-definition images were taken of the course from the ground and with helicopters using precisely mapped GPS coordinates. These images and additional data collected from the course were then translated through WGT’s proprietary physics engine to enable players to virtually experience Bethpage Black within a photo landscape. Championship tees and hole locations, U.S. Open-quality rough and accurate green contours and speeds all combine to make this the most realistic championship golf experience ever offered online.

    “Through WGT’s association with the USGA, fans now have the opportunity to get more involved in one of golf’s four major championships,” said YuChiang Cheng, CEO of World Golf Tour. “This opportunity is a strong step forward in demonstrating the ability of WGT’s platform to integrate live events with an online experience. We are honored to be working with the USGA to bring players the Virtual U.S. Open, with some of the pressure and elation that the real competitors feel.”

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  • Play Kiawah Back 9 and Wolf Creek Now!

    24 Mar 2009

    Today's launch includes a new course and the back 9 holes of Kiawah Resort! Please let us know what you think in our forums, and check out the highlights from today's update:

    Back 9 Holes of Kiawah Island Golf Resort
    Stroke Play on 18 holes! WGT players now have full 18-hole access to The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Players have the option to play the front 9, the back 9 or the full 18. Look for some April tournaments to feature the full 18, so practice up!

    Wolf Creek Resort Closest-to-the-Hole Challenge
    Play a nine-hole challenge at Wolf Creek Resort, tucked into the northeast corner in Mesquite and carved beautifully out of the Nevada desert. Ranked as one of Golf Digest's toughest courses in America, Wolf Creek's challenging layout is matched only by its breathtaking scenery. Click the PLAY NOW button to experience it for yourself!

    WGT Tour Starters Set
    Hit the ball farther with the 2009 WGT Tour Starters Irons. These irons are tempo-matched to the more advanced drivers so the swing meter speed will be similar. Visit the Pro Shop and add them to your bag today.

    Invite Your Friends
    Now you can easily invite your friends to play WGT. Simply go to your Profile page and click on the "Invite Your Friends to Join WGT" banner. This feature helps you find people you know who are on WGT with an in-game friends invite, and also helps you send emails to friends who do not have a WGT account.

    Green Speeds
    We have changed up the green speeds on Kiawah to be faster and more true to the real-world course.

    Bug Fixes and Replay Wipe
    The following are bugs that have been fixed:

    • You should be able to change and save your clubs with no problems now.
    • The following awards have been fixed, and you should get them going forward. Birdies in a Game, Closest-to-the-Hole Accuracy, and Double Eagle.
    • A few changes have been made to decrease swing meter "stuttering". We will continue to investigate these issues to make the game more responsive.
    • You can now see the tournament you played in your score history, instead of just the course you played.
    • Delete links should no longer disappear after a certain number of posts have been reached on your profile page.
    • As a result of adding new courses, it was necessary to wipe the replays again. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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  • Recent Tournament Winners 3/19/09

    19 Mar 2009

    Congratulations to the following recent tournament winners!

    Feb Amateur's Closest-to-the-Hole Tournament

    1st: CKEVIN2
    Prize: Nike SasQuatch Driver

    2nd: nivlac
    Prize: Snake Eyes Putter

    3rd: JaimePBPro
    Prize: Titleist Pro V1 Balls

    Feb Stroke Play

    HACK: JackMack
    Prize: WGT Credits

    AMATEUR: gitthe
    Prize: WGT Credits

    Feb International Open

    HACK TIER

    1st Place: Bungeemaster

    2nd Place: CGSparks

    3rd Place: AGPhillips

    AMATEUR TIER

    1st Place: Yoshi

    2nd Place: SWBAKER

    3rd Place: iconian

    Feb Shopping Spree Open

    HACK TIER

    1st: Tinclub
    Prize: Sky Golf SkyCaddie SG3

    2nd: TailorMade
    Prize: $50 Amazon.com Gift Card

    3rd: alansonofjack
    Prize: $25 Amazon.com Gift Card

    AMATEUR TIER

    1st: tibbets
    Prize: Sky Golf SkyCaddie SG3

    2nd: CKEVIN2
    Prize: $75 Amazon.com Gift Card

    3rd: nivlac
    Prize: $75 Amazon.com Gift Card

    Week 8 Stroke Play Tournament

    HACK: nivlac
    Prize: WGT Credits

    AMATEUR: golfswithbeer
    Prize: WGT Credits

    Week 9 Closest-to-the-Hole Sweepstakes

    Winner 1: 1mickie1
    Prize: 1,000 WGT Credits

    Winner 2: nayback
    Prize: 1,000 WGT Credits

    Winner 3: Phranc
    Prize: 1,000 WGT Credits

    Week 10 Stroke Play Tournament

    HACK: coopercg77
    Prize: WGT Credits

    AMATEUR: Skibum
    Prize: WGT Credits

    Week 10 Closest-to-the-Hole Tournament

    HACK: GLADSTONESCREWER
    Prize: WGT Credits

    AMATEUR: tibbets
    Prize: WGT Credits

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  • Choosing Your Swing

    17 Mar 2009

    Choosing the right swing is essential to taking your game to the next level. Here is a break-down of the different types of swings that are available to you, and when to use them:

    Most shots from the fairway and rough call for full swings. A full swing delivers the most power, causing the ball to travel the farthest of all types of swings. Full swings are the most common types of swings on the golf course.

    Punch shots are flatter, shorter swings that cause the ball to fly lower than a full swing. Punch shots are useful when there is high wind or an obstruction in front of you, like a tree, that you need the ball to fly under. 

    Pitch and chip shots are compact, controlled swings that are useful around the greens. Pitch shots put more loft on the ball and travel further than chip shots. Chip shots are even more compact than pitch shots. Chip shots are most useful near or on the fringes of the green and give you the greatest amount of control.  

    Flop shots are touch shots that cause the ball to fly very high and stop quickly. Flop shots are useful when there is an obstruction in front of you, like a sand trap, which you need the ball to fly over. They are also useful when you don’t have a lot of green to work with and need the ball to stop quickly by the flag. Flop shots can be hit only with your wedges.

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