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All Things Golden Tee 2017

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That exciting time is here when we start hearing about all the new courses and features with the next year’s update!  Check back here often as your source for all the latest that Golden Tee 2017 has to offer.

Here’s the attract mode video featuring the new logo for 2017.  And if you want a quick summary, check out this 2-minute video introducing most of the new features!

Now, the courses!  We’ve got 5 new ones as usual…click the links below to see a course overview and pictures:
Juniper Falls
Pine Coast
Ruby Rock
Sandy Reef
Teal Gardens

In addition to the 5 new courses, Golden Tee is introducing Freaky Fridays, a new segment of the Daily Contest where the holes will be assembled from among all holes in the LIVE era to match a theme.  Expected examples include an all-par-3, all-par-5, all drivable par-4, best of a certain year, Jim Zielinski’s favorites, the hardest holes, and a course you eventually vote on!

The new clothing is always anticipated each year, and 2017 is looking to deliver.  Check out this collection of America gear followed by the vape pen.  Donald and Hillary even have their faces in the game!  Next, check out all the new footwear available!  Perhaps you’d like a terrifying clown head?  There’s also an abundance of jerseys this year.  And you can now wear emojis on your head!  Fashion Fridays will give us new looks each week!  Here’s more to introduce the additions to your virtual wardrobe, and check out this video demo that Golden Tee put together to showcase the 2017 collection.

If you think the clothing and footwear is outrageous, then check out these new custom putters for 2017!  Buy any one of seven crazy putters for $1 and attach to a course like you would with your Build-A-Bag via the GT Caddy app.  Here’s more to get you acquainted.

For the first time in 10 years, your virtual golfer’s body gets an upgrade as well!  You’ll notice more tone and features and better form-fitting clothing to go with it.  All this comes with a teaser for future improvements beyond 2017.

In other big news, Golden Tees will now be available on the older courses!  Up through 2016, you could not use Golden Tees prior to the year they were introduced…but now you can!  Get ready to have a whole new experience on the classics.

Another new feature allows you accessorize your ball with colors and effects off the tee.  You can’t customize the distance and spin features into new options — you’ll still have to base the visuals around an existing ball option, but the Build a Ball feature certainly adds a new level of flare to the game!  A couple other nice features are the ability to associate balls to particular courses by default, like you can do with your club sets today, and an auto-refill option so that you won’t run out of balls as long as there are funds in your app’s player wallet!

For the first time, the CTTP Online feature will allow you to compete against others in a contest but not for prizes…this is a fun way to get others playing this exciting game mode without fear of wasting their money in a cash contest.

In one of the most exciting advancements in the history of the game, the Golden Tee social network is exploding this year with the concept of Invitationals.  Here is an introduction to Player Invitationals followed by an article prepping us more about the GT friends network.  With this feature, you can create your own private contests and events, sending invitations to your friends to join you on a course with the same conditions, even playing for money using your player wallet from the GT Caddy app!  Apply handicaps for differing skill levels, track your stats, and enjoy this new era of connectivity!  Here’s an instructional demo that Golden Tee put together showing you how to set up an Invitational.  Finally, to pull everything together, here’s an instructional guide from how to start to how to play with this feature!

Getting Ready for Golden Tee 2015!

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We’re into September, and that means Golden Tee 2015 is less than a month away!  Click here to watch the preview trailer for the new release.  Here’s everything you need to know about it, starting with the courses (touted as the most scorable ever – read more here)!  Click each link below to read an overview of each course and find links to video demos of each hole taken from the beta version in August!

Sparkling Waters in Minnesota
Desert Valley in Vegas
Celtic Shores in Ireland
The Pearl Lagoon in Thailand
Rocky Hollow in Utah

Next, there are two sets each of new virtual clubs and balls!  Click here to read about the Vulture and Detonator club sets, but note that the Vultures do not have a 7W as the picture indicates.  Click here to read about the Grabbers and Javelins.  We’ll check back after a few weeks into the new release to see how well this new equipment fits into the 2015 version as compared to what you may already own.

In addition, there are two new game features with this release.  First, Golden Tee has introduced a Daily Contest where you can play a 2015 course with locked conditions over that 24-hour period as many times as you like to put up your best score.  The top 100 at contest closing win money back, with first place winning at least $50.  The prize payouts increase as contest entries increase, so this will be interesting to watch!  Here is more information about the daily contest, posted at the start of the 2015 season.  And they just upped the payouts as well — read more here!  And it has been upped yet again!

Next, there’s a fun new game mode in Casual Play only called King of the Hill, where you try to become the king of any 2015 course on that specific machine during that week of play.  The current king’s score is shown when selecting a course to play:

Then it’s as if you have another virtual golfer playing alongside you during the round.  If you have honors, you tee off first.  If the king has honors, you get to watch the king tee off first.  A visual in the lower-right will show you the angle of each shot by the king, although the king’s shot happens rather quickly, and you are left to guess how hard the shot was actually hit.  In any case, this should be an attractive game mode for casual players who want to be tops on their machine or learn from better players who have gone before them!

As always, you’ll have the chance to win new hats, shirts and pants to add to your virtual wardrobe.

Finally, coming in 2015, a different classic course will be featured each week as available for prize play!  Players have asked for this feature for some time, and it will be nice to get to play a rotating course for prizes in addition to the new 2015 courses.

That’s it — we’re always ready for new courses and new features, so the rest of the year should be a great time to be a Golden Tee Fan!  Check back for the course write-ups on each hole to continue to learn how to navigate your way to lower scores!

Kicking off Golden Tee 2014

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September 23 is Golden Tee 2014 Ship Day, meaning it will start showing up in bars across the country this week!  Here’s everything you need to know to get ready for the new update.

First, visit each course category page (Pelican Grove, Shady Acres, Turtle Island, Highland Links, Greek Hills) to see a summary review of each course along with hole-by-hole breakdowns and YouTube example shots as the year progresses.  This is your best way to learn how to attack each of these new holes on the 2014 courses.  Check back often early on to see what has been updated as we learn how to navigate the new holes.

There are two new club sets in 2014 — the Inciter and the Surge.  Read about them here.  I’m not sure that you need them on this year’s courses, but we’ll see how things play out.

There are also three new virtual balls this year — Razor, Archer and Sniper.  Read about them here.  I think the Razors have great potential this year — I tried them out and really liked them.  They land softer, have great backspin/roll, good distance, and they putt firmly.

The game has made it easier for you to select and change clothing by showing 12 items per page — more details here before you experience it yourself.

By clicking the blue “Help” button this year, you can pan up and get an overhead view of any shot, which can come in very handy in some situations — learn more here!

You’ll also immediately notice how the screen has been rearranged to give more real estate to the environment of the shot…and you’ll also be notified if you are low on virtual equipment before you tee off!  See more here.

Finally, YouTube video uploads look much cleaner, sharper and smoother this year, as you’ll come to see.  Here are more details on that improvement for 2014.