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Sign Up for League Play on the GTF Tour!

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It’s happened to all of us — we pay that extra dollar to give Prize Play a shot, shoot a great score of about 5 strokes better than average, but still end up out of luck in 21st place.  Wouldn’t you like a chance to have your handicapped scores pitted against others with a REAL chance to win some prize money?  GoldenTeeFan has the league for you!

We’re now recruiting players to join the GTF Tour with a chance to compete, compile statistics, and win prize money in handicapped league play each week!

Signup Instructions:

Simply visit From here, you can view a link to all the league rules, make a deposit to fund your account, and email us with your account details.  We’ll take it from there!

Each week of play begins on Thursday!  Sign-ups will be accepted until Wednesday the night before, and you can join any time for each successive week of play!

The first quarter of play will run through October 5, with the next quarter starting on October 6.

Please feel free to email us questions or post suggestions on how to make this league a more enjoyable experience for you and everyone – thanks!!

How to host an 8-man tourney at any bar in 8 hours!

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Well I’m fresh off hosting my first local tournament, and it went really well! Due to availability and money constraints, we had to do everything over a Sunday afternoon, but we were able to come up with a format that worked great for everyone! Here are the rules I posted for our tournament, which was at a bar with just one Golden Tee machine. However, you’ll find that no one will be bored waiting to play and it will move along quicker than you’d expect!

Banana’s Golden Tee Tournament Information

• TOURNEY DATE – Sunday, June 7, with sign up starting at 11:00AM and games starting around 11:15. The tourney will run until around 7:00PM.

• Entry fee is $20 and players must have an established handicap. This entry fee does NOT include the cost of games played.

• The field will be limited to 8 players for this event, so the prize pool will be $160.

• An attempt will be made to rank players from 1-8, based on their handicap. If the handicap is not yet known, a best guess will be made to that player’s rank.

• Five 4-player games will be played during the tournament. The first game will be among players ranked 1,4,5, and 8, and the second game will be among players ranked 2,3,6, and 7. The top 2 handicap scores will advance, and the bottom 2 will move on in the loser bracket, guaranteeing everyone at least 2 games. The 4 players remaining after the first 2 rounds will all play together during the final round but will only be competing against the other player in their bracket.

• The courses played during bracket play will be as follows: Round 1 – Bonnie Moor and Grand Savannah, Round 2 – Woodland Farm and Sunny Wood, Finals – Black Hills.

• Advanced Play mode will be used, but Prize Play can be up to the individuals playing.

• Handicap will be applied to each match in bracket play. The player with the best handicap receives no strokes. Every other player takes the difference between this player’s handicap and his handicap and multiplies it by 80% to determine the number of additional strokes he gets to take off his score. In the example below, players C and D would advance for having the top 2 handicap scores in that round.

Player    Handicap    Handicap Difference    Strokes Received    Score    Handicap Score

A                  +20                         0                              0                   -17                  -17
B                   +15                         5                              4                   -11                  -15
C                   +10                        10                             8                   -10                  -18
D                   +5                          15                            12                  -7                   -19

• The tie-breaker in the first two matches will be most Great Shot Points. If that is also a tie, players will play sudden death on the back 9 of the course just completed, with no handicap applied. Tie-breakers in the finals will be sudden death only.

• PRIZES during bracket play – 1st place in winner bracket ($70), 2nd place in winner bracket ($30), and 1st place in loser bracket ($30). In addition, the remaining $30 will be split evenly among anyone who gets a hole-in-one or double-eagle during bracket play! If no one accomplishes it, the winner will get $80, 2nd place will get $40, and 1st in the loser bracket will get $40.

A few more notes:
— We chose 4-player matches to get more people involved with each game, and it seemed to go quicker than two 2-player matches.  Plus, you only have to be in the top 2 to advance, so one person can’t kill you right away!  It worked well in the finals too, having two 2-player matches happening at the same time.

— I liked how we played the courses from easiest to hardest and included all of them since we had exactly 5 rounds!

— We played group A round 1, then group B round 1, then the consolation semis, then the winners semis, and then the finals.  Because of that order, the only ones ever waiting around for more than 1 match were the winners of the first round, and that was fine by them!

— We didn’t have to apply any tie-breakers in this tournament, but we did have our 7th ranked player score a hole-in-one for $30, so 4 of the 8 players took home some cash!


So how did it go?  You can check out the image of the posterboard I put together above to see how it all played out.  All of the matches except for the finals went down to the final hole!  Handicap seemed to work great and kept everyone in it.  I failed to advance in the first round because I putted in the water on Grand Savannah #17 and got a double-bogey!  Similarly, Matt failed to advance in the semis because he putted in the water on Sunny Wood #18!  Our friend Rob came out on top, taking advantage of both his handicap and a good day of shooting to win!  I was able to recover after the tough first-round loss and win the consolation bracket.

Of course, it’s easy to expand off this and add qualifying rounds if you wish.  I originally wanted us all to play 3 qualifying rounds any time, any place during the week before the tournament, and I would seed the players off those scores, giving additional prizes during qualifying matches.  But, this turned out to be simpler, cheaper, and just as much fun! It definitely had the excitement we were hoping for!

I’d recommend this format to anyone, and I’d love to hear comments from anyone else who has attempted to have an amateur tournament in a city where it’s tough to get more than one machine in a bar!  This is a great way to pull a group of friends together for a few hours on a weekend and have some hot GT Tourney action!

Beat the Clock to win prize money!

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I’ll bet many of the amateurs have noticed that you can put up a -15 one day and crack the top 20, but if you shoot the same score during a different time of day, you might end up 30th instead. Sure, a lot of this has to do with the random talent level in that specific tournament, but the time of day plays a big role in your chances of winning back some money.

Juan Schwartz helped me gather the following information so that amateurs can see, on average, what the best times of day to play are, and what scores it typically takes to finish in the money during those times.

Of course, this can also help very good players reach the next level and possibly start netting profits on the game!

Here’s the #1 rule — Don’t play during lunch time unless you don’t mind losing money! During lunch time or the early morning, there are only a few people playing. So, there are not enough random people playing for money to help weed out the big scores of the pros.

A much better time to play is any time after 3PM Eastern, on any day.

But, the BEST time to play is after 6PM on Friday. Everyone is out playing, and all the good players are getting drunk and not posting their best scores!

For reference below, we’ll split up three time periods:
#1 is midnight – 3PM Eastern
#2 is 3PM to 6PM
#3 is 6PM to midnight (after midnight, it becomes tougher again because there are not as many people out playing anymore, but there are a lot of pros still out)

Average 1st place score -24.
Average 5th place score -22.5
Average 10th place -21
Ave 20th -17
Time 2: 1st -23, 5th -21, 10th -19, 20th -16
Time 3: 1st -22.5, 5th -20, 10th -17, 20th -15

Time 1: 1st -25, 5th -22, 10th -20, 20th -17.
Time 2: 1st -24, 5th -21, 10th -18, 20th -16
Time 3: 1st -22, 5th -19, 10th -16, 20th -14

Time 1: 1st -24, 5th -23, 10th -21, 20th -18
Time 2: 1st -23, 5th -22, 10th -19, 20th -17
Time 3: 1st -21.5, 5th -19, 10th -17, 20th -15

Time 1: 1st -26, 5th -24, 10th -23, 20th -20
Time 2: 1st -25, 5th -23.5, 10th -22, 20th -19
Time 3: 1st -24, 5th -22, 10th -19, 20th -17

Time 1: 1st -24, 5th -22, 10th -20, 20th -18
Time 2: 1st -23.5, 5th -21, 10th -19, 20th -17
Time 3: 1st -23, 5th -19, 10th -17, 20th -15

Keep in mind these are all AVERAGES. If you play the cycle (Eagle through Summit, in order) by yourself and not in a 2-player or more set, you can get stuck in a “crappy cycle” — you’re playing the same courses at the same times as 2-5 great players are. Getting stuck like this will make it a lot tougher to cash. Try playing the same course twice in a row, or mix up the order, if you find yourself “stuck” like this, and then continue.

Also, these averages are based on playing the same course 10 times in a row during these times. And unless there is someone “whoring” a course (playing the same course repeatedly, or more than one person doing this if you play Eagle Crest), these averages are pretty accurate for any day.

As always, Golden Tee is there for your amusement and is NOT meant to be your occupation! BUT, you can supplement your expenses on your game play by playing for prizes if you can hang with the big dogs and pick the most profitable times to cash. Heck, you may even be playing for free one day!

9 holes for prizes

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I was curious how many of the pros, if any, play 9 holes for prizes. I had the idea since you can play in half the time, for less money, yet still win as much as you’d win on 18 holes. It seems to me that if you’re playing to win money, 9 holes is a much more efficient way to do so. Sure, you run the risk of a contest not finishing, but it seems like Misty Front 9, for example, always fills pretty quick. Seeing as how it only costs $4 instead of $5, AND you still win the same amount of prize money as 18 holes, AND you finish in half the time, I’d think a lot of the pros might be pursuing this option.

Yeah, it’s not as fun as 18 holes since you want those complete rounds, but from a money perspective, it seems to make sense. Is the risk of a contest not filling too high, or is it just not enough fun?

Well, the pros don’t like it because lots of times, it’s one wrong shot and you’re done. Over 18, you can get back a stroke or two sometimes. They also don’t really find them fun, which is understandable.

The front 9 tourneys fill up, the back 9 tourneys don’t as much. Some say that 75% of the back nine tourneys don’t fill!

Essentially, it’s all about volume with the 18 holers. If the big shooters played 30-40 9s a day, not many would close.

I also found out that the default time for a contest to be open is 7 days. After 7 days the dollar is refunded, and the tournament closes.

CONCLUSION: The pros don’t do it because of the risk of unfinished tourneys, and they have a better chance of cleaning up over 18 holes instead of 9. However, it’s not a bad option for amateurs if you only have 10-15 minutes to slip in a quick round!

Areas without Golden Tee prize play

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Unfortunately, there are some areas, even states, where players don’t have the option of playing for Golden Tee prizes!

Arizona, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and New Jersey don’t allow playing for prizes anywhere in the state, and that’s tough for players there who want to see how they stack up against players from around the globe. I’m also told Washington, Michigan, Mississippi and Montana have prize play but no “Hole-N-Win.”

Contests and Prizes

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Ever since Golden Tee came out with the technology to hook up all their machines to a network, players have been able to compete in contests against people all across the country. This added a fantastic new element of competition to the game. This section outlines the different play modes and prizes in Golden Tee.


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Golden Tee tips tricks hints shortcuts golf game 2007 2008 2009 live arcade prize contest money hole-n-win hole-in-oneAnother fun new feature added to Golden Tee Live is the option to win money on a hole-in-one. Usually once per round, the game will pop up a message asking if you want to risk $0.50 to win a certain amount of money (usually between $10 and $30) if you shoot a hole-in-one. I’m not good enough to risk the $0.50, but I know many people probably bank on this opportunity! The offer isn’t just for Par 3s either…you may receive the offer on a Par 4 hole that’s reachable off the tee. So if you’re an approach shot expert in Golden Tee, you can probably sink a hole-in-one just often enough to make this opportunity profitable!

Give away code

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You may have noticed “Give away code” under the Options menu in Golden Tee. Supposedly, a couple years back, Top Flite ran some promotions where they sent mailers to select individuals with these special give away codes. The codes would earn you special articles of clothing such as pants or hats with the Top Flite logo on them. The promotion was only short lived, though, and no codes have been given out since that time. I suspect that the option still remains in the game just in case Golden Tee wants to start up some kind of promotion again in the future. If you know someone who still has one of these codes, it’d be fun to see what kind of special clothing articles you can get, but from what I hear, it was nothing as exciting as the other items you earn simply from playing!


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You also have the option to play for prizes (Prize mode) by feeding the Golden Tee machine an extra dollar. Here you’ll square off against 50 people within your skill level. Players are separated into 3 brackets here as well – those whose best score is –11 or better, those whose best score is –1 to –10, and those who have never broken par.Golden Tee tips tricks hints shortcuts golf game 2007 2008 live arcade prize contest money 2009

You compete for a $50 prize pool, where payout is as follows:

1st Place – $10Golden Tee tips tricks hints shortcuts golf game 2007 2008 live arcade prize contest money 2009
2nd Place – $8
3rd Place – $6
4th Place – $4
5th – 10th – $2
11th – 20th – $1

Prize money is credited to your account, and you can request a withdrawal at any time, if you wish (you will get mailed a check).

All other players win a free “virtual ball” that’s randomly awarded from among the balls you can buy at the start of your round. Check the ‘Select Balls’ screen before you tee off to see which type of ball you won!


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With the normal Golden Tee Live play (or Glory mode), your stats will be tracked, and you will compete against a group of 20 people who also happen to be playing that same course at about the same time. In addition, you will be in 1 of 3 brackets, based on your best score ever on that course. New players use the easiest red tees, players who have scored –1 to –17 play the medium blue tees, and those that shot –18 or better play the hard black tees.

As you move from hole to hole, you’ll see your current rank in the standings against all other current competitors on that course. When everyone in that group has finished playing, your score and final rank will be posted, so you can see how well you shot compared to everyone else who was playing that Golden Tee course at that time!

UPDATE — In Golden Tee 2009, players can choose the new option of “All Play Random Tees” in glory mode!  That means you won’t be stuck on the same tee box for each round, so you can always get a challenging new look at the hole off the tee!