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  • Pictures from the Tahoe Celebrity Golf Week

    18 Jul 2009

    A couple of us from WGT had the chance to go to this week's American Century Championship, and here are some pictures we took!

    Charles Barkley

    Ray Romano

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  • British Open and Celebrity Tahoe Golf

    14 Jul 2009

    Be sure to tune in this week to the British Open at Turnberry and the American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe! Remember that this month, you can compete in two tournaments where the winners get trips to these events in 2010.

    Play the Pilsner Urquell 2010 Open Challenge for a chance to win a trip for two to next year's 150th anniversary British Open at St Andrews Links, and the NBCSports Tahoe Challenge for a chance to win a trip for two to next year's American Century Championship.

    Check out our ad spot for the NBCSports Tahoe Challenge!

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  • Golf Balls, New Clubs, and More

    09 Jul 2009

    Here are the highlights from today's product release:

    Golf Balls in the Pro Shop

    You can now purchase virtual golf balls in the Pro Shop. The golf balls for sale in the Pro Shop will give you some incremental benefits over the basic ball you are given for free when you create an account. There will also be more advanced balls coming out in the future that will further improve your game. Read more about virtual golf balls in our FAQs.

    New Clubs in the Pro Shop

    • Ping G10 Pros (available only to Pro and Master tier players) - Fitted with stiff shafts to accommodate a faster swing speed
    • Ping Raptures (driver, fairway wood, hybrid, and iron set) - Highly advanced game improvement clubs that use exotic materials and innovative design to be very forgiving, while being capable of above-average distances
    • Ping iWi Anser - A finely balanced putter to increase precision
    • TaylorMade Tour Burner (driver, fairway wood, hybrid, and iron set) - Fitted with stiff shafts, these clubs will help you go the distance
    • TaylorMade Spider Putter - The beautiful and forgiving putter
    • TaylorMade R9 TP Driver - Bomb away with the Pro Style club and custom stiff shaft
    • WGT Tour Starters in multiple colors - Embrace your personal style

    ** Many of you have asked whether you will be able to trade in your clubs in the future. We are working on this feature now, and will announce an expected release date as we get closer to completing it.

    Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course Closest-to-the-Hole Challenge

    Play the same course at the same time as Michael Jordan and Ray Romano, as shown on NBC Sports. Set along the south shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe, Edgewood Tahoe is one of the most scenic golf courses in the world, and is rated by Golf Digest Magazine as one of "America's Top Golf Courses." Play the course free in this month's NBCSports Tahoe Challenge, in which all U.S. players will be entered into a sweepstakes drawing for a chance to win a trip and VIP access to the 2010 American Century Championship in Tahoe.

    Earnings Leaders on the Homepage

    Instead of displaying the top players according to Average Score on the homepage, we are now displaying the Earnings Leaders. This leaderboard more accurately shows the most active top players in the game.

    PayPal Now Accepted

    You can now use PayPal to purchase WGT credits, making it easier than ever to enter premium tournaments and purchase virtual equipment in the Pro Shop.

    Tee Changes

    Players from certain tiers have been moved up on the tees:

    Kiawah: Hack and Amateur tier players tee off from the blue tees, Pro tier players tee off from the white tees, and Master tier players tee off from the gold tees.

    Bethpage: Hack and Amateur tier players tee off from the red tees, Pro tier players tee off from the white tees, and Master tier players tee off from the blue tees.

    Friend and Invitation Alert Improvements

    There is no longer a chime sound when your friends become available and unavailable. A chime sounds only when you are invited to a multiplayer game, when you receive a friend invitation, or when it's your turn to take a shot in a multiplayer game, and there is the option to turn this off in the game options menu. You can also adjust the volume of the chime by using your computer's volume control or the "Music/Ambient" volume control in the game options menu. Finally, the volume of the music that plays when you first launch the game has been decreased.

    Bug Fixes

    • You should now see your new friends in the Friends section of your Profile page.
    • When your ball goes into the hole after hitting a pin, you will receive a Hit the Pin award.
    • Yardages were corrected on a couple of holes on Bethpage Black.
    • The Ping G10 Graphite and Steel Iron Sets have had their Proshop distances corrected to match the actual performance of the clubs.
    • The first hole on Edgewood Tahoe indicates that you are hitting off the rough instead of the fairway, which was incorrect.
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  • Virtual U.S. Open Challenge Champions

    07 Jul 2009

    Congratulations to badaboom, AvatarLee, and miket4484, winners of the April, May, and June Virtual U.S. Open Closest-to-the-Hole Challenges! badaboom shot a 45.58 for his win in April, Avatar Lee shot a 47.70 for his win in May, and miket4484 saved the best for last, scoring a 44.18 for his win in June.

    uwsublime put up the hardest fight of the series, losing to badaboom in the April tournament by a mere 1.34 margin. Great competition, and thanks to everyone who played.

    Each champion receives a signed 2009 U.S. Open flag!

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  • Happy 4th of July

    04 Jul 2009

    Happy July 4 holiday everyone! We hope you get a chance to relax, fire up the grill, and enjoy some fireworks.


    Photo: MumbleyJoe

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  • New Course in July Tournaments

    01 Jul 2009

    Play a new course, Edgewood Tahoe, in the new July tournaments! Also be sure to check out the new St Andrews closest-to-the-hole challenge in the Pilsner Urquell 2010 Open Challenge running through September.

    NBCSports Tahoe Challenge

    Play a closest-to-the-hole challenge on Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, set along the south shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Edgewood Tahoe is one of the most scenic golf courses in the world, and is rated by Golf Digest Magazine as one of "America's Top Golf Courses." All U.S. players will be entered into a sweepstakes drawing for a chance to win a trip and VIP access to the 2010 American Century Championship.
    Enter now

    July People vs The Pros Open

    The second of four People vs The Pros Opens, Pro and Master tier winners earn a spot in the 6th Annual People vs The Pros Championship, an official PGA Tour Challenge event, at Pinehurst Resort and a chance to play against Fred Couples or Nick Faldo on ESPN2!
    Enter now

    People vs The Pros VIP Sweeps

    The 3rd and 4th of eight sweepstakes drawings will take place in July. Play a closest-to-the-hole challenge on Wolf Creek for your chance to win a vacation to Pinehurst Resort and a spot in the 2009 People vs The Pros VIP golf outing with Fred Couples or Nick Faldo.
    Enter now

    July Amateur, Pro, and Master Opens

    Higher tier players compete for premium golf gear in these 18-hole stroke play tournaments. Prizes include a TaylorMade r7 iron set and an r9 Fairway Wood!
    Enter now

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  • St Andrews Links Now Available

    25 Jun 2009

    Here are the highlights from today's product update:

    Pilsner Urquell 2010 Open Challenge

    Play a closest-to-the-hole challenge on the legendary St Andrews Links in the Pilsner Urquell 2010 Open Challenge! Anyone over 21 (or of legal drinking age of their country) can play, but only players in the US (except CA and TN), Canada, UK, Germany, Japan, Ireland, and Netherlands will be entered into the sweepstakes drawing for a chance to win a prize due to alcohol ad restrictions. Click here for details.

    Multiplayer Course Change

    The course for multiplayer games has changed from the back 9 of Bethpage Black to the front 9 of Bethpage Black.

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  • NASAgolfer is the Virtual U.S. Open 2009 Champion!

    24 Jun 2009

    Congratulations to Wayne Stopak, AKA NASAgolfer, who has been crowned the winner of the Virtual U.S. Open 2009. He shot a 66 to clinch the title, beating out over 200 players in the final round. More than 187,000 players entered the qualifying rounds with 234 making the cut at even par, 70. The top score of the qualifying round was played by AvatarLee with a 61. The toughest holes of the championship round proved to be 5 and 15 which received more double bogeys than any other.

    The pressure was definitely felt by all who made the qualifying cut. Runner-up Bart6961 said, “I thought I was going to give NASA a run for it with -4 after the first 6 holes, but the pressure got to me.” Nivlac and ncviz made impressive showings and took early leads, but in the end it was NASAgolfer who played the game of his life.

    Along with the title, Wayne received an invitation to be a guest of the USGA at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Click here to see the leaderboard, and check out his winning scorecard:

    Thanks to everyone who participated!

    See full press release >

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  • WGT Announces St Andrews Links for Play Online

    22 Jun 2009

    Today we announced St Andrews as our next course that will be available to play. The Old Course at St Andrews will be available starting June 25, so be on the lookout!


    Photo: WGT

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  • Virtual U.S. Open Championship Kicks Off

    22 Jun 2009

    The Virtual U.S. Open Championship round has kicked off! Congratulations to the 234 players who made the cut. We wish you the best of luck, and want to remind you to play your round by tomorrow, June 23, at 11:59PM Pacific Time. Everyone who ties for first will play in a playoff round on June 24. Click here to see the list of everyone who made the cut. Good luck and thank you to everyone who participated!

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