WGT Golf News

  • Jerry Lewis Open Ending Soon!

    29 Oct 2008

    There are only two days left to compete in The Jerry Lewis Open, so this is your last chance to win some amazing prizes:

    • 5-night golf trip for two at the beautiful Kiawah Island Golf Resort
    • 2-night golf getaway at the luxurious Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona
    • New set of TaylorMade R7 golf clubs
    • 5-day trip for two to Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino with 4 rounds of golf at The Bali Hai Golf Club

    Your entry helps fight muscular dystrophy and gives you the chance to win these great prizes, but you can't win if you don't play! PLAY NOW

  • WGT Tutorial: How to Aim

    26 Oct 2008

    Check out our newest game tutorial on how to aim your shot, for those of you who are unfamiliar with our target tool:

  • WGT Tutorial: How to Hit the Ball

    24 Oct 2008

    Check out our newest game tutorial on how to hit the ball, for those of you who are unfamiliar with our swing meter:

  • Site Maintenance Oct. 24 from 12 - 1AM PDT

    23 Oct 2008

    Heads-up that WGT will be down again for routine maintenance on October 24, from 12:00 - 1:00 AM PDT. During this time you will not be able to access the site or play the game. Thanks for your patience, and we'll see you back on the links soon!

  • Site Maintenance Oct. 23 from 12 - 1AM PDT

    22 Oct 2008

    Heads-up that WGT will be down for routine maintenance on October 23, from 12:00 - 1:00 AM PDT. During this time you will not be able to access the site or play the game. Thanks for your patience, and we'll see you back on the links soon!

  • Single v. Unlimited Play

    20 Oct 2008

    Some of you have expressed confusion as to when you can play a tournament many times, and when you can play only once. We're working on updating graphics and descriptions to make it more clear, so look for the changes in the coming days.

    Single Play Tournaments - One Chance to Play

    All Stroke Play tournaments are single play tournaments, which means you can play only once. This is true whether the tournament is Leaderboard- or Sweepstakes-based. If you close your game client in the middle of a game, or choose "SAVE", you will be asked to resume or forfeit the next time you open the game client. You must choose "RESUME" if you want to post a score. If you choose "FORFEIT", you will not post a score, nor will you be allowed to play again. Please note that choosing "END ROUND" automatically forfeits your entry and you will not be able to play the stroke play tournament again.

    Unlimited Play Tournaments - Play Many Times

    All Skill Challenge tournaments are unlimited play tournaments, which means you can play as many times as you like during the tournament period. This is true whether the tournament is Leaderboard- or Sweepstakes-based.


  • WGT Tips: Building Your Profile

    17 Oct 2008

    Now that you've had a chance to sample the WGT Beta, here are some tips for getting the most out of your experience. Your profile is where the community discovers you, a place to share your accomplishments, and a way to meet new virtual golf buddies. Below are some tips on spicing up your profile:

    Add Friends

    Adding friends is easy. Go to the profile page of the player you'd like to add, then click the ADD AS FRIEND button to the right of the avatar. After your friend confirms, you will see a green circle next to their name in the Friends module whenever they are online and available for a multiplayer game!

    Collect Awards

    Who doesn't love a mantle full of trophies? The more you play, the better you get, and the more awards you'll win. Click here to see a chart of the awards that are available.

    Post Your Replays

    Sometimes saving a replay is the only way your friends will believe that you made a 41 ft putt. To do this, click on VIEW REPLAY in the lower left-hand corner of the game client while your drive or approach shot is in motion (on the scorecard if you've just finished a hole). Then click SAVE and name your replay. You can even send replays to your friend's email address, by clicking SHARE.

    Share Your Thoughts

    The blog is a great way to share an interesting picture or video, make announcements, or jot down your thoughts. Simply click on NEW BLOG POST and type away. Your friends will be notified when you make a blog post.

    Make a Virtual Tee Time

    Don't see your friends online? Go to their profile page and post a Wall message to suggest a virtual tee time. The Wall is also the place to brag to your friends, or just to say hi. Simply click on NEW WALL POST, and leave a message!

    :: Voilà—A Fabulous Profile Page! ::


  • Jerry Lewis Open on WGT

    10 Oct 2008

    Now through October 31, you can do good and get a chance to win one of four luxurious prizes valued at over $13,000 by playing in the Jerry Lewis Open and Jerry Lewis Sweepstakes tournaments.

    The game of golf has a long history of supporting philanthropy causes, and with your help and our partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), we are proud to extend this tradition online by hosting these tournaments on WGT. Your entire entry fee goes directly to supporting Jerry’s Kids.

    There are two ways to play and give:

    Jerry Lewis Open Stroke Play Challenge

    Entry Fee: $20

    This is a skills competition on The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina. Included with your registration is either a one-year subscription to Golf Digest Magazine, or a six-month subscription to GolfWorld Magazine. Each subscription has a $12 value.


    1st Place: Kiawah Island Golf Resort package

    • five-night stay with three rounds of golf for two
    • airfare ($1,000 maximum)

    2nd Place: The Westin La Paloma Golf Resort package

    • two-night stay with one round of golf for two
    • airfare ($1,000 maximum)

    3rd Place: A set of TaylorMade golf clubs with bag

    Jerry Lewis Sweepstakes Challenge

    Entry Fee: $10

    Enter this sweepstakes and play a closest-to-the-pin challenge at the Bali Hai Golf Course in Las Vegas.

    Sweepstakes Prize

    Las Vegas Golf Package

    • four rounds of golf for two at the Bali Hai Golf Course
    • five-night stay at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas
    • airfare ($1,000 maximum)

    Let’s tee it up!


  • Welcome to the Public Beta

    05 Oct 2008

    A little over two years ago, a small team of us embarked on a simple idea—allow people to play world-famous golf courses online and feel as though they are really there. It didn't matter that it hadn't been done before, or that most people thought it was impossible. Today, two world-class courses, a slew of technology patents, nearly one million players and thousands of putts later, we are unveiling our beta product.

    The beta includes our new course, The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort and host of the 1991 Ryder Cup and 94th PGA Championship, which you can play tee-to-green. Also new are:

    • Multi-player capability with in-game chat functionality – up to four players can tee off against one another and razz each other while doing so
    • Alternative play options – choose between tee-to-green play or closest-to-the-pin competition
    • Tournament rewards – compete in tournaments to win prizes ranging from thousands of dollars to luxurious golf vacations
    • Variety of swing options – new additions include punch, chip, flop and putt
    • Personalized avatars – choose between several avatars and outfits, both male and female
    • Personalized profile pages – share your game stats, videos, pictures, friends, replays, activities, favorite equipment, and blog posts
    • Forums – get game tips, share advice, or talk about the latest golf news

    We've also added two more blogs to our lineup:

    • Peter Kessler, the XM Radio personality, golf historian and former Golf Channel host, will share insights and anecdotes drawing on thousands of interviews he has conducted with the individuals who have shaped the game of golf.
    • Josh Zander, "Class A" PGA teaching professional at the Stanford University Golf Course and Golf Digest contributor, will offer tips and post videos on improving your golf game.

    We hope you enjoy the beta, and welcome your feedback in the forum. There are many improvements coming, and your feedback will help to shape them and make this the best golf experience online!

    WGT Team

  • Beta News: Reporting Game Errors During Gameplay

    03 Oct 2008

    Did you know that you can send bug reports directly to us while you are playing the game? This is especially helpful if you'd like to report a bad camera view or incorrect ball flight, because the report will automatically make a note of what you were viewing when the bug occurred.

    To do this, simply right-click anywhere in the game, at any time, and select "Send Bad Camera Report" or "Send Bad Shot Report", then type in your comments. See Screen Shot.

    You can also select "Submit this problem to WGT" to report any other type of bug, or post it in the forum.

    Hope this helps and thanks!

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