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Golden Tee Golf is a golf arcade game series by Incredible Technologies[1]. Since its inception in 1989, the trackball-controlled arcade game has become a standard integrated part of barroom popular culture, right alongside the pool tables, dartboards and jukeboxes. This article is about the sport. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... Logitech TrackMan A trackball is a pointing device consisting of a ball housed in a socket containing sensors to detect rotation of the ball about two axes—like an upside-down mouse with an exposed protruding ball. ... Popular culture, sometimes abbreviated to pop culture, consists of widespread cultural elements in any given society. ... A billiards table with 6 pockets A billiards table (sometimes improperly called pool tables, which are specific for pool games) are tables where billiards games are played on. ... For the British doo-wop revival band of the 1970s and 1980s, see Darts (band). ... A jukebox is a partially automated music-playing device, usually a coin-operated machine, that can play specially selected songs from self-contained media. ...

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About

There are many versions of the game that have been created throughout the years, but a fairly consistent feature between them all is the availability of a variety of 18-hole courses with different themes and levels of difficulty. A common motif among many of these courses, especially in more recent versions, is the existence of shortcuts or trick shots to help cut strokes off of the player's score. These shortcuts can often make it easier to birdie, eagle, or in rarer cases double eagle than in most golf video games and especially more than in a real round of golf. Another common feature among many of these courses is that the front 9 (first 9 holes) is set up to be easier than the back 9 (last 9 holes). The first couple of holes will normally have wide fairways, flat greens, and low wind speed. The last couple of holes will almost always have hard-to-reach fairways, high winds, and/or heavily-sloped greens. This article is about the sport of golf. ... This article provides a general definition of par on a golf hole. ... This article provides a general definition of par on a golf hole. ... Another term for a double eagle, or 3-under par on any one hole. ... Golf (gowf in Scots) is a sport where individual players or teams hit a ball into a hole using various clubs, and is one of the few ball games that does not use a fixed standard playing area. ... This article is about the sport. ...


One thing that Golden Tee has done to separate itself from other video golf games is to add replayability to each course. Even though a player might select the same course twice in a row, they may notice some interesting differences that exist between their current game and their previous. The tee boxes may have moved, the winds may have changed, the pin placements may be different, it might no longer be raining, the water may have risen and the lake may have frozen over - creating a shortcut on a hole that wasn't there before. These changes occur each time a new game is started, creating a unique experience every round.


History

Versions
Name Year
Golden Tee Golf 1989
Golden Tee Golf II 1990
Golden Tee 3D Golf 1995
Golden Tee '97 1996
Golden Tee '98 1997
Golden Tee '99 1998
Golden Tee 2K 1999
Golden Tee Fore! 2000
Golden Tee Classic 2001
Golden Tee Fore! 2002 2001
Golden Tee Supreme Edition Tournament 2002
Golden Tee Fore! 2003 2002
Golden Tee Fore! 2004 2003
Golden Tee Fore! 2004 Extra 2003
Golden Tee Fore! 2005 2004
Golden Tee LIVE 2005
Golden Tee Fore! Complete 2005
Golden Tee LIVE 2007 2006
Golden Tee LIVE 2008 2007
Golden Tee 2008 Unplugged 2007

The original title "Golden Tee Golf" was introduced in 1989. A 2-D video golf experience, it was Golden Tee Golf's competitive nature and cutting-edge trackball control that formed the model of success that the game thrived off of ever since. The original title paved the way for the success of Golden Tee 3D in 1995 and Golden Tee Fore! in 2000. Throughout the years the game went from a small nightly tradition for some, to a pop-culture phenomenon for many[1].


In 2005, the video golf mold was broken again with the release of Golden Tee LIVE[2] – a revolutionary always-online version of Golden Tee. LIVE utilizes state-of-the-art technology to bring many entertaining features to Golden Tee's already strong portfolio.


Golden Tee LIVE

The original version of Golden Tee LIVE debuted in 2005[1][2], and there have since been two version updates; namely Golden Tee LIVE 2007 and Golden Tee LIVE 2008[3]. Along with an updated graphics engine and loads of customization features, Golden Tee LIVE added the availability of secure wireless updates via the Sprint network. The ability to communicate in real-time with the main player information databases allows for immediate tournament score updates, instant rewarding of prizes, and the ability for players to pay with their credit card. Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE: S) is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ...


LIVE Tournaments

In the U.S. versions of the game, 18-hole LIVE tournaments cost an additional $1 to play,[4] beyond the normal cost to play 18 holes. When the option to "Play for Prizes" is selected, the player will be automatically entered in a 50-person tournament, where each person is playing the same course with the same teeboxes, wind speed and direction, pin placement and other conditions. These tournaments fill up in queues, of which there is one for each course available for LIVE play. When a new person or persons (up to 4 per machine) enters a queue, the system checks to see if there is room for them in an existing tournament for the course they have selected. If there is no room in an existing tournament, a new tournament is automatically generated behind the scenes and they become the only person/people playing in that tournament until other players join. Upon completion of the 18 hole round by all 50 players, the tournament entry fees of $1 from each player, for a total of $50, is divided up between the top 20 spots as shown in the table below.[5] In addition, the bottom 30 each receive one of the game's Virtual Balls as consolation.[5] Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... For queueing people, see queue area. ...

Place Prize
1st $10
2nd $8
3rd $6
4th $4
5th thru 10th $2
11th thru 20th $1
21st thru 50th Virtual Ball

Gameplay and Controls

The game is scored the same way a real game of golf is scored - there are even penalty strokes given when the player finds a water hazard or hits past an out-of-bounds marker. The game's primary control feature is the requirement of the player to use a trackball, which determines the power and distance of each golf swing, as described in the section below. In most versions of the game, the player must also use the trackball and start button to navigate through the menus to select the course they wish to play, along with other play options. The player is given a choice of whether they want to play a full 18-hole round, a 9-hole round, or pay for 3 holes at a time. If the player chooses to play 9 holes, they will also get to decide whether they want to play the front 9 or the back 9 of the course they selected.


Controls Overview

  • Turning Left/Right - Before each swing, the player has the ability to turn the player left and right, which effectively changes the initial direction of the ball flight. This ability is controlled by two buttons, namely "Turn Left" and "Turn Right", which can usually be found on the lower left portion of the console.
  • Backspin/Roll - Before each swing, the player also has the ability to add backspin or roll to their ball. The main effect of ball spin is to help control what the ball will do once it hits the ground after flight. In general, backspin will pull the ball toward the player, whereas roll will push the ball away from the player. This action is controlled by a single button usually found on the lower right portion of the console, which did not exist on some of the earlier versions of the game.
  • Changing Clubs - Before each swing, the player may choose to change to a different club than was defaulted to them by the game. To do this, the player must roll the trackball straight to the left for shorter-distance clubs, and to the right for longer-distance clubs.
  • Backswing - Backswing involves rolling the trackball toward the player anywhere between the "A" and "C" designators that appear on the surface of the console below the trackball. In general, pulling to the "A" side will give the player a slice or fade effect (curve from left to right), while pulling to the "C" side will give the player a hook or draw effect (curve from right to left). In addition, the amount that is pulled back during the backswing will directly impact the ball's potential flight distance.
  • Forward Swing - Forward Swing involves rolling the trackball away from the player (toward the screen) anywhere between the "1" and "3" designators that appear on the console. In general, the initial direction of the ball flight corresponds to the direction of the forward swing, i.e. a swing toward "1" (which appears on the left side of the trackball) will result in the ball initially travelling to the left. Combined with the backswing direction/distance and the type of golf club used, a nearly-infinite array of possibilities is available with every shot.

Golden Tee LIVE Options

  • Customizing Golfer Appearance - At any point during a round of golf, the player may change their appearance. Although the player's look does not have any direct impact on actual gameplay, it allows the person to express themselves in their own unique way.
  • Changing Club Sets and Balls - Once the player has chosen their play options and have selected their course, they are given the option to select which club set and golf balls they wish to use. Club sets can be purchased for $2 per set prior to teeing off on the first hole, and Virtual Balls can be purchased for $0.50 per dozen. The purchased balls increase or decrease features like ball spin, distance, and loft. This option is only available to each player prior to that player teeing off on the first hole. Once purchased, the golf club sets are the player's to keep permanently, however the ball total decrements every time a ball goes out of bounds or is lost in a water hazard. Note that there is no requirement to ever purchase additional clubs or balls, as the Stock set of clubs is automatically granted to the player and have an infinite supply of Stock golf balls. Below is a brief synopsis of each type of club available:[6]
    • Stock - These clubs are granted to the player free when they first create their account. This is a well-rounded set of clubs for most situations.
    • Apex FTX - These clubs are helpful with longer-distance courses due to the lower loft on a couple of clubs.
    • Apex 50 - These clubs are aimed at helping the player get up, over, and around hilly terrain due to the higher-than-normal loft options available.
    • Edge "Hybrids" - This club set is designed to be a better set for rough terrain, and can also be a great set for some long-distance shots.

Reception

In the past twenty years, millions of people have played on over 100,000 units in bars and pubs of over a dozen different countries.[1] The many versions of Golden Tee have picked up quite a variety of awards, including the 1998 AAMA award for "Most Played Video Game" and most recently, the 2004 AMOA Innovator Award for Golden Tee LIVE.[7]


In recent years, the game has evolved tremendously. There are now yearly regional tournaments[8] in which the winners from the three Golden Tee regions (Midwest, West, and South) form the Team USA for the Golden Tee world. This team will then compete in the annual World Championship for large monetary prizes and pride. There are also many other tournaments that take place throughout the year, ranging from localized 8-person double-elimination bracket tournaments to organized two day tournaments with qualifying rounds that draw 128 or more of the top players from around the U.S. and Canada. A tournament is an organized competition in which many participants play each other in individual games. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from...


References

  1. ^ a b c d What is Golden Tee?. Incredible Technologies.
  2. ^ a b Golden Tee LIVE. Incredible Technologies.
  3. ^ Golden Tee LIVE 2008. Incredible Technologies.
  4. ^ Golden Tee LIVE Tournament Terms & Conditions. Incredible Technologies.
  5. ^ a b Golden Tee LIVE Tournament Prizes. Incredible Technologies.
  6. ^ Golden Tee LIVE Club Set and Virtual Ball Listing. Incredible Technologies.
  7. ^ Incredible Technologies' Awards Listing. Incredible Technologies.
  8. ^ Golden Tee Regionals - 2007 Information Page. Incredible Technologies.

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External links

  • The Official Golden Tee Website from Incredible Technologies
  • The Unofficial Golden Tee Website in Australia
  • The Unofficial Video Golf community website
  • The World Video Golf Association Website
  • An article about the game and its tournaments from USA Today.

  Results from FactBites:
 
Golden Tee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (390 words)
Golden Tee (formerly Golden Tee Golf) is a golf arcade game series by Incredible Technologies.
The later versions of "Golden Tee" include a protective rubber guard strip and a written notice warning players not to use excessive force when spinning the trackball.
Some players have even tried using WD-40 lubricant on the trackball believing it would aid the distance of their shot, but in many cases this would cause them to lose control of the direction of the shot.
Marvin Lewis Golden Tee Challenge - Cincinnati Bengals (279 words)
The Marvin Lewis Community Fund is challenging Golden Tee golfers to match their skill against Coach Lewis in a 20-bar event series with a Championship event to be held in February.
Golden Tee players who hit a hole-in-one at any of the 20 Marvin Lewis Golden Tee Challenge events will face off against each other for a chance to play a round of Golden Tee golf against Coach Lewis at the Championship.
Contestants who enter the Golden Tee Challenge will pay $10 for 10 attempts at making a hole-in-one at a randomly selected par 3 hole.
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