Chad's reply in the IRC chat session yesterday
why no British Open & new HD courses:
So... even though we have a deal with the USGA and R&A, it does not mean we also have a deal with the course itself; for example, to secure Congressional... we had to visit the course along with the USGA and give them the full court press showing why WGT would make an excellent partner.
fortunately, in most cases, this has worked and the course partners are excited to participate with us; unfortunately though, it doesn't always happen. as I mentioned before... Pebble was limited to a short-duration; in the case of Royal Lytham, we weren't able to come to an agreement; which -- believe me -- is horribly frustrating and definitely affected our shoot schedules.
As for TruGolf... we have another in the works which we will be announcing shortly; One of our goals is to feature more international courses as well... so TruGolf will help with that.
looking ahead... we have multi-year contract with the USGA and we are very happy with that relationship; but even Merion is still in negotiation. Does this mean we won't get it... No. But it's an on-going process and we are definitely dedicated to get 2 courses for 2013. I love hosting the Virtual USOpen. USGA loves it as well... so we are dedicated to making it happen.