WGT Golf News

  • 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!

  • How Will Wall Street Affect Your Golf Plans?

    25 Sep 2008

    I was reading today about how the financial meltdown may lead to a glut of empty and unfinished golf courses. Golf, generally considered to be a discretionary activity, is expected to take a hit as Americans cut their spending. Do you plan to cut down on the number of rounds you play because of the financial crisis? As for me, I will be playing golf for free, on my computer.


  • Taking Back the Ryder Cup!

    19 Sep 2008

    Watching the Ryder Cup this weekend I couldn’t help but think about the pressure the two teams were under trying to “win for their country”.  While most of the players are friends, or are at least friendly to each other, during the PGA season, it was clear that the friendships were put on hold this weekend.

    Anthony Kim, who was unbelievable taking down Sergio on Sunday, was not shy about making Sergio putt those little testers.  Boo Weekley and his down-home southern personality rubbed some of the Europeans the wrong way, but his determination and sense of humor kept the Americans loose.  Hunter Mahan, another Ryder Cup rookie, was solid.  All in all, it was a fantastic event!

    The most amazing thing from the weekend was the realization of just how good these players really are.  It seemed like every putt went in, and every approach shot was next to the pin.  I am in awe of all of the players.  I can’t wait for two years from now when they get to do it all over again!

    What do you think was the biggest moment or momentum changer for the US?  I think Kim dominating Sergio as the first twosome of the day set the tone.  The Europeans could not muster up enough game to take down the Americans after that!  Good job USA!

    Photo: Getty Images

  • Golf, Beijing-Style

    05 Sep 2008

    In China, “official numbers” never tell the whole story, and golf is no exception. New golf courses are said to be springing up every day, despite a ban on new courses that has been in effect for five years. At the Bayhood No. 9 International Golf Club, breathtaking scenery and luxurious accommodations intermingle with views of power lines and cranes, all partially veiled by pollution. But no matter, golf courses are packed from morning until night.

    Overpopulation has its advantages too. When you play a round at Bayhood No. 9, each player gets two caddies. Play with three of your buddies, and you’ve got an entourage fit for a minor celebrity.

    Video: GolfDigest

  • It’s Labor Day and WGT is Celebrating on TV with MDA

    01 Sep 2008

    I hope all of you are having a great Labor Day and enjoying the time off. If you get a moment please check your local TV station or go here www.mda.org to watch the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. WGT is a proud partner of the MDA to further the treatment, diagnosis and bettering the lives for people with muscular dystrophy.

  • English Only, Please

    28 Aug 2008

    The LPGA’s announcement that members will be required to speak English by the end of 2009 has set off strong reactions, from dismay to satisfaction. Is it for the good of tour members, or an arbitrary rule with racist undertones? Will this start a trend in other professional sports, or will it be dismissed as an anomaly? It will be interesting to see how this plays out. What do you think?

    Photo: www.seoulsisters.com

  • Golf & Cooking

    25 Aug 2008

    The combination of golf and barbecuing can feel a little forced sometimes, especially when it takes the form of quirky gifts. Golf and cooking classes however, seem like the perfect fit, not because golfers are necessarily interested in cooking, but because their significant others might be. Throw in exotic destinations like Tuscany, and you’re guaranteed a happy spouse and lots of golfing for yourself. The Celebrity Chef Classic on Hilton Head Island even boasts cooking demonstrations by Sara Moulton and Ming Tsai. Vacation with a bit of glamour — sounds perfect to me.

    Photo: golfdigestpromotions.com

  • Make a Difference with $1

    13 Aug 2008

    From Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1, you can show your support for the families of our troops while doing what you love–by donating a minimum of $1 during a round of golf for Patriot Golf Day. All funds raised will benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation to provide educational scholarships to families of those who have become disabled or have lost their lives in the line of duty. In 2007, some 3,200 golf facilities nationwide participated in Patriot Golf Day, raising more than $1 million dollars. You can look up participating golf courses in your state here: http://www.playgolfamerica.com/index.cfm?action=patriot

  • World Golf Tour and GGL Global Gaming Bring Golf to the Olympics

    09 Aug 2008

    Now that the Olympics are upon us, calls are again being made to have golf accepted as an official Olympic sport. WGT, of course, loves the idea of golf in the Olympics, and has partnered with GGL Global Gaming to be a part of the 2008 Digital Games. In doing so, we hope to bring golf to the masses and give people an opportunity to experience a game (and course!) they might otherwise not have the chance to in real life. You can read more about the partnership here: http://www.worldgolftour.com/news_olympics.aspx

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