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Gearing Up for Golden Tee 2018!

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Excitement is building for the new release of features and courses, and here is where you can get a consolidated summary of everything happening!  Check back here often as your source for all the latest that Golden Tee 2018 has to offer.  Here’s the GT 2018 launch preview!

Here’s the attract mode video featuring the new logo for 2018.  And to start off, why not listen to a discussion with course designer Jim Z. as he talks with us about the new courses and features!  And here are some additional photos of the new courses.  Here is the full 2018 trailer to get you ready!

Now, the courses!  We’ve got 5 new ones as usual…click the links below to see a course overview and pictures:
Calypso Key
Royal Dubai
Safari Dunes

In addition to the 5 new courses, we’re going to get a chance to play two reimagined courses from the Golden Tee Fore era!  These will come out at some point post-release so we get to focus on the 5 new courses first.  Read about Mystic Hills first and watch a preview.  The other course to come out will be Rattlesnake Ridge!  This will be a great way for veteran players to catch up on these legacy courses and new players to get a taste of some old designs!  The courses are constructed exactly the same but with new technology to bring them into the LIVE era.  While some will play easier because of the new equipment and shot types available, you’ll notice some holes are much more narrow and the greens are smaller!  If you’re interested to hear the new theme for GT Fore, here it is.

Also coming later in the release will be time-released tee boxes.  After a certain period of time, we’ll start to notice new tee box areas in play!  Not only that, but some will be very different, perhaps even changing par on the hole.  One will even have you attacking the hole from a different direction!

Building on the success of Freaky Fridays, you’ll start seeing the Monday Mix-Up, another variation available for play as part of the daily contest!

Another exciting addition is a new shot type called “release”.  This will function like bite in reverse, or a less-drastic version of roll.  It should be great for a casual player to get a bit more aggressive and will also help others with chipping around the green too without the threat of rolling over the green!

Build-A-Bag 2.0 will be here with new features as well!  First, you’ll be able to make cosmetic changes to your club, such as changing the color of the club head, shaft and grip.  There will also be modifications made to the ball tracers with the Build-A-Ball feature with more colors, things that adjust based on how hard you hit the ball, a variety of new options and improvements to highlight more of the tracing itself…we’ll see what’s to come here!

The new clothing is always anticipated each year, and 2018 will continue to deliver.  But once again we get to see brand new golfers in the game this year…you’ll notice new models and faces that look much more natural.  You’ll even have body suits, including fat, muscle, mascot, speedo, and shirtless!  And instead of being limited to one headwear item or shirt, you’ll be able to add more accessories, like that cigar or even gloves on top of what you already have.  Finally, some subtle animation has been added so that you can see your golfer move around a bit pre-shot!

In addition to the always creative clothing options, there are 16 new custom putters added for 2017!  Check them out here: The Tall Boy, Thigh-High, My First Putter, The Mighty, Hot Dog on a Stick, Venom, Ethel, Drip-Drop, Hot Mic, Bender, Buried Treasure, Bones, and more to come…you can find them all in the GT Caddy app.

New clubs and balls are back in 2018 as well!  Regarding club sets, which were revolutionized with the Build-a-Bag option, Golden Tee has built on this feature to offer a couple of the most popular combinations as complete sets for you in 2018.  First, we have the Players’ Choice for 2018, a collection of the most popular clubs for a well-rounded attack at any course.  Next, there’s Play Like a Champion, a set assembled for players of all skill levels by world champion Mark Stenmark!

In addition, there are two new virtual ball options with some new features…check out the Rambler and the Vanguard!  These balls will decelerate differently and not brake as much through the ground…we’ll have to check them out!

Freaky Fridays have made their way into Invitationals ahead of the 2018 release…now you can challenge your friends to some of the most popular designs featured on the Friday Daily contest throughout 2017!  And with the 2018 release are more enhancements to Invitationals to make them bigger and better.  You’ll have the option to play in contests with up to 100 people for up to $1,000 in prize money!  It’s worth noting that the maximum entry per person will remain at $25.  The other great feature is that you can set a size limit so it’s really first-come, first served…no more waiting on that last guy to join!  Invite 10 and kick off when you have the first 5 accept, or whatever you choose to set up.

2018 brings a whole new in-game user interface!  It’ll be similar to before but once again advanced to better fit the information you need and allow you to navigate around easier.  The big news is the addition of a shot-height meter!  This will help with shooting over objects, trees, whatever by showing how high your shot reached…pay attention and learn for the next time!  The data has always been there, but now it’s exposed to help us know the height of our shot.  Also, we’ll be able to see a display showing exactly what surface the ball is sitting on – this will be especially nice by the green/fringe/rough to know how the lie will impact your shot.  Players could mostly tell this before by gauging the distance lost when changing clubs, but now this information is more clearly exposed as well.

Along with the new user interface, you’ll have a “camera lock” feature.  Everyone has a favorite camera view and you’re accustomed to clicking that button after each shot.  But now, you can lock in that view by holding down that button, and it’ll be set for each shot!  You can still unlock it or click the buttons for different views as before, but this will be a fun feature similar to quick-shot.

Finally, for the casual player, there are a couple of great new features.  First, you’ll have the ability to smoothly turn to better line up a shot.  Clicking left or right once turns the old way, but if you hold either,  you’ll have a smooth scroll between steps!  So for that left-2 wind, just turn a pinch right and hit it straight.  There will also be the concept of a “starter pack” offered to showcase some of the game’s advanced equipment and features and give players a taste of what they’re missing with the online mode!

Of course, there are certain things we won’t be getting this year (no chipping on the greens, no driving range) that have been common requests from the community, but once again Golden Tee has unleashed a plethora of new features to get us excited for late September!

Getting Ready for Golden Tee 2015!

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2015 gt live logo

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.