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Friday, January 16, 2009

New Website Features, GolfTraxx can Map Your course, Tour Updates

New Website Features:

2009 is shaping up to be a great year for the GolfTraxx community. We have started major changes to the website, are finalizing some great features to the next releases of the GolfTraxx application and (if that wasn't enough) are building some really cool tools to allow the GolfTraxx community to participate in our growth.

This week we integrated Google Maps into the GolfTraxx website. Now, in addition to getting course information and the scorecard, you can now get each tee information (yardages, ratings, slope), directions to the course, and even view mapped courses hole-by-hole. By clicking on the View Hole button on each hole of the online scorecard, you will see the green for the hole, plus the other placemarks that were submitted for the hole (Front, Middle, and Back of Each green, plus the Tee Target). Looking at each hole this for each of the courses you have submitted will give you feedback on how you did mapping the course. It may provide an opportunity for you to improve the mapping that was completed on the course.

GolfTraxx can Map your Course

We've now added the ability to map courses for the community. Yes, now you can have one of our experts map your favorite course, a course that you will be playing while on a business trip, or while on vacation. Simply order the course via the NO TIME TO MAP link here, and we will keep it up in the Quick Notes section on the right side of the blog.

Quick Online Course Review

Speaking of hole-by-hole course views. You can now review your local course to make sure that the green centers are pretty much correct on the GolfTraxx website. By clicking on the View Hole button on each hole of the scorecard, you will see the green, plus the placemarks that were submitted for the hole (Front, Middle, and Back of Each green, plus the Tee Target). If the placemarks are not positioned correctly on the green centered in the picture, let us know! Send a note including the Course and the hole so we can check it out.

Pro Tour News

The PGA tour is still in Hawaii ( I bet most of the GolfTraxx community wishes they were there too) this week. While many on the mainland are fighting temperatures that are 20, 30 and even 40 degrees below zero, the Men's tour is playing in howling winds and rain on the Waialae Golf Course (zip code 96816). And, for those on the East coast, now might be a good time catch a round at the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club (zip code 32827) where high profile resident Annika Sorenstam recently got married. Tiger Woods, another resident of Lake Nona gave the couple a "really big bottle of wine" and no one is saying if he was in attendance. (Our bets are a “Yes” on that.) The LPGA and Champions tour are still off for their Winter breaks.

Course Updates

The new year has started strong with an additional 90+ courses! Internationally, we welcome three new countries with the addition of courses in St. Kitts, Aruba and the Philippines. The UK took the top spot this update with seven new courses, edging Australia by one and a VERY strong performance by Mexico.

Tierra del Sol GC ARUBA Aruba
Kiama GC Kiama Downs NSW 2533 Australia
Mona Vale GC Mona Vale NSW 2103 Australia
Woolooware GC Woolooware NSW 2230 Australia
Blackwood GC Cherry Gardens SA 5157 Australia
Tirhatuan Lakes GC Rowville VIC 3178 Australia
Lakelands GC Gnangara WA 6065 Australia
GC Haugschlag Haugschlag 160 Austria
Gof d'Albi – Lasbordes Albi 81000FR France
Beaverstown GC Donabate IRELAND Ireland
Marco Simmone GC – North Guidonia 00012IT Italy
CC de Saltillo Saltillo 25900MX Mexico
CC Las Misiones Santiago 67321MX Mexico
CC Monterey Garza Carcia 66267MX Mexico
CC Valley Alto Monterey 64989MX Mexico
Club de Golf La Herradura Monterey 64821 Mexico
Forest Hills GCC – Nicklaus Anipolo City 1870 Philippines
Club Deportivo del Oeste Cabo Rojo OOO623 Puerto Rico
Royal St Kitts GC STKITTS St. Kitts
Carlisle GC Carlisle CA4 8AG UK
Coombe Hill GC Kingston-On-Thames KT2 7DF UK
Huddersfield GC Fixby HD2 2EP UK
Leeds GC Leeds LS8 2LJ UK
Prestbury GC Prestbury SK10 4BJ UK
Selby GC Selby Y08 9LD UK
Shrigley Park GC Shrigley SK10 5SB UK

Within the US, Florida continued its dominance of new courses with 12, beating Texas with nine and Virginia with seven new courses. The weather has been brutal across much of the US, so lets all hope for some milder weather.

Paradise Valley GC Fayetteveill AR 72704
Arizona Grand Resort Phoenix AZ 85044
Course at Wente Vineyards Livermore CA 94550
El Prado GC – Chino Chino CA 91710
Harbor Park GC Wilmington CA 90744
La Purisima GC Lompoc CA 93436
Fairchild Wheeler GC – Black Fairfield CT 6432
Bardmoor GC Largo FL 33777
Buffalo Creek GC Palmetto FL 34221
Clearwater CC Clearwater FL 33755
Imperial Lakewoods GC Palmetto FL 34221
Mariners Sands GC – Gold Stuart FL 34997
Mariners Sands GC – Green Stuart FL 34997
Miccosukee GCC – Baraccuda Miami FL 33183
Miccosukee GCC – Dolphin Miami FL 33183
Miccosukee GCC – Marlin Miami FL 33183
Orange Lake CC – Legends Kissimmee FL 34747
Orange Lake CC – Resreve Kissimmee FL 34747
Plantation Palms GC Land O Lakes FL 34639
Jones Creek GC Evans GA 30809
Pheasant Run Resort St. Charles IL 60174
Saukie GC Rock Island IL 61201
William Sahm GC Indianapolis IN 46250
Alvamar Public GC Lawrence KS 66047
Oak CC DeSoto KS 66018
Tomahawk Hills GC Shawnee KS 66217
False River GCC Ventress LA 70783
Pelican Point – Links Gonzalez LA 70737
Bay Hills GC Arnold MD 21012
Eisenhower GC Crownsville MD 21032
Loon Lake Public GC Jackson MN 56143
Rolling Hills GC Westbrook MN 56183
Windom CC Windom MN 56101
Starkville CC Starkville MS 39760
Kilmarlic GC Powell's Point NC 27966
High Bridge Hills GC High Bridge NJ 8829
Walkill CC Franklin NJ 7416
Beekman CC – Highland Hopewell Junction NY 12533
Beekman CC – Taconic Hopewell Junction NY 12533
Beekman CC – Valley Hopewell Junction NY 12533
Pinnacle GC Grove City OH 43123
Hillcrest CC Bartlesville OK 74006
Lincoln Park – West Oklahoma City OK 73111
Westwood GC Norman OK 73069
Chehalem Glenn GC Newberg OR 97132
Talamore at Oack Terrace Ambler PA 19002
Ft Jackson GC – Old Hickory Ft Jackson SC 29207
Ft Jackson GC – Wildcat Ft Jackson SC 29207
Hickory Knob G McCormick SC 29835
Twelve Stones GC Goodlettsville TN 37072
Atascocita CC – Pinehurst Atascocita TX 77346
Atascocita CC – Point Atascocita TX 77346
Atascocita CC – Shores Atascocita TX 77346
Bear Creek GC – East Dallas TX 75261
Bear Creek GC – West Dallas TX 75261
Gateway Hills GC San Antonio TX 78236
Hidden Hills Public GC Pampa TX 79065
Lone Star GC El Paso TX 79925
Oak Creek CC Greenville TX 75402
Algonkian Regional Park GC Sterling VA 20165
Bow Creek Muni GC Virginia Beach VA 23452
Golden Horshoe GC – Gold Williamsburg VA 23185
Honey Bee GC Virginia Beach VA 23456
Kempsville Greens GC Virginia Beach VA 23462
Stonehouse GC Toano VA 23168
Stumpy Lake GC Virginia Beach VA 23456

If you sent in a course in the past two weeks and it is not on this list, let us know. We probably have been trying to reach you, so check your bulk mail folders!

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