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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Pebble Beach Rain, Golf's Economic Stimulus Package and Google Earth 5

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For just the 5th time since the late 1950's the AT&T Pro-Am had the fourth round washed out. (Prior to 1957 this was a three round tournament.) With winds pushing 40mph, heavy rain and falling trees, not only was it impossible to golf, it was dangerous for the fans. The weather in northern California has been pretty tough this past couple months, but the upside is that the golf courses are looking spectacularly green! We've had a two-year drought, so even a regular rainy season is welcomed.


Like it or not, the professional golfers on the PGA and LPA tours have got be thanking their lucky stars for the return of Tiger Woods and for Michelle Wie's rookie season. Yes, there will be the large entourages, yes there will be the media circuses and yes great rounds will be 'overlooked' by single errant shots by these two super stars. BUT, there will be crowds, paying crowds that sponsors want to court, crowds that the networks want to show on TV.


If you have not seen it yet, Google Earth recently released version 5.0. This is a great new version and one feature is particularly good for us at GolfTraxx. In the tool box there is a small clock icon that when pushed allows the user to review past imagery of the same location using a slide bar. So, if the latest image is shaded, has poor contrast, etc., you can now look back and see past imagery and pick the best one to use on a map. Very cool indeed!


This is a massive update (185 to be precise) and we want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who sent in a course or courses. Internationally, we added Antigua, Chile and The Czech Republic as new countries to the GolfTraxx community as part of 48 new courses. The UK alone added 29 (60%) of the international courses and represented even more new courses than any US state. Several of the UK courses are either Open Championship or Women's Open Championship or Open Championship qualifying sites. The GolfTraxx community added or updated 137 US courses for this update. Virginia shot to the top of the list with 18 courses, followed by strong showings by Texas with 17 courses, California with 15 courses and a new entry to the top five, ILLINOIS (also with 15.) Several courses have been re-mapped with the enhanced/added imagery from Google Earth version 5 and we highly suggest that everyone download and try the new features. They are cool!

International Courses:

Cedar Valley GC ANTIGUA
Jolly Harbour GC ANTIGUA
‎Moore Park GC Kensington NSW 2033 AUSTRALIA
‎Tanilba Bay GC Tanilba Bay NSW 2319 AUSTRALIA
Craigiegurn GC Craigieburn VIC 3064 AUSTRALIA
‎Portarlington GC Portarlington VIC 3223 AUSTRALIA
Links at Lang Farms Essex Junction VT 5452 AUSTRALIA
‎Carramar GC Caramar WA 6031 AUSTRALIA
‎Victoria GC Edmonton AB T5N0N0 CANADA
Nanaimo GC Nanaimo BC V9S3N8 CANADA
Millcroft GC Burlinton ON L7M4A8 CANADA
Hacienda Chicureo Club de Golf CHILE
‎Noble Merchant GC Shenzhen 518053 CHINA
‎Malevil GC Hermanice v Podještedí 280 47125CZ CZECH REPUBLIC
‎Golf d'Arras Anzin-St-Aubin 62223FR FRANCE
Golf de Gonesse Gonesse 95500FR FRANCE
‎Moon Palace GC-Jungle Cancun 77500MX MEXICO
‎Moon Palace GC-Lake Cancun 77500MX MEXICO
‎Golfclub Princenbosch Molenschot NETHERLANDS
‎Parkview GC Johannesburg 2122SA SOUTH AFRICA
‎Beau Desert GC Cannock FY82LD UK
‎Buckinghamshire GC Denham UB95PG UK
‎De Vere Dunston Hall GC Norfolk NR148PQ UK
De Vere Mottram Hall GC Macclesfield SK104QT UK
‎Eden GC Carlisle CA64RA UK
‎Harrogate GC Harrogate HG27TF UK
‎Hexham GC Hexham NE463RZ UK
‎Hillside GC Hillside PR82LU UK
‎Hornsea GC Hornsea HU181XG UK
‎Lea Marston GC Lea Marston B760BY UK
‎Menzies Welcombe Hotel GC Stratford-Upon-Avon CV370NR UK
Mid Yorkshire GC Darrington WF82BP UK
‎Moor Allerton GC Wike LS179NH UK
‎Northended GC Northenden M224FR UK
‎Notts GC Kirby in Ashfield NG177QR UK
‎Oxfordshire GC Milton Common OX92PU UK
Royal Liverpool GC (Hoylake) Hoylake CH474AL UK
‎Scarborough North Cliff GC Scarborough YO126PP UK
‎Silloth on Solway GC Silloth CA74BL UK
‎Slinfold Park GC Slinfold RH130RE UK
‎South Leeds GC Leeds LS115TU UK
‎Stockport GC Stockport SK25HL UK
‎Wakefield GC Wakefield WF26JH UK
‎Alwoodley GC Leeds LS178SA UK
‎Filey GC Filey YO149BQ UK
Lothianburn GC Edinburgh EH107DU UK
‎Stockport GC Stockport SK25HL UK
‎The Belfry-PGA Sutton Coldfield B769PR UK
‎Bedale GC Bedale DL81EZ UK

US Courses:

Bear Creek GC - Bear and Cub Chandler AZ 85249
‎Lone Tree GC Chandler AZ 85249
‎Aeropines-Hornet Virginia Beach CA 23460
‎Airways GC Fresno CA 93727
‎Almaden Country Club San Jose CA 95120
‎Encino GC Encino CA 91436
General Old GC Riverside CA 92518
Hansen Dam GC Pacoima CA 91331
Mile Square Players GC Fountain Valley CA 92708
Morro Bay GC Morro Bay CA 93442
‎Peninsula CC San Mateo CA 94403
Rec Park GC Long Beach CA 90804
‎Sherwood Forest GC Sanger CA 93657
Skylinks GC Long Beach CA 90808
‎Stanford University GC Stanford CA 94305
‎Sunol Valley GC-Palms Sunol CA 94586
The Lakes El Segundo CA 90245
Antler Creek GC Peyton CO 80831
Pine Valley GC Southington CT 6489
Bay Point Resort GC Niclaus Pana Macy FL 32408
Bradenton CC Bradenton FL 24209
Duran GC Melbourne FL 32940
Holiday GC Panama City FL 32407
Hombre GC Bad-Ugly Panama City FL 32407
Lake Diamond GCC Ocala FL 34472
Legacy GC Bradenton FL 34202
‎Manatee County GC Bradenton FL 34210
Preserve GC at Tara Bradenton FL 34203
River Club GC Bradenton FL 34202
Tatun Ridge GC Sarasota FL 34240
‎Tides GC Seminole FL 33772
Bradshaw Farm GC Woodstock GA 30188
Mystery Valley GC Lithonia GA 30058
Planterra Ridge GC Peachtree City GA 30269
St Ives GC Johns Creek GA 30097
Standard Club Deluth GA 30097
Wendell Coffee GC Tyrone GA 30290
Barbers Point GC Barbers Point NAS HI 96860
Hawaii Prince GC - A Course Ewa Beach HI 96706
Leilehua GC Wahiawa HI 96786
‎Leleihua GC Schofield Barracks HI 96786
River Valley GC Adel IA 50003
Alton Municipal GC Alton IL 62002
‎Arlington GC Granite City IL 62040
Balmoral Woods GC Crete IL 60417
‎Belk Park Wood River IL 62095
‎Downers Grove GC Downers Grove IL 60515
‎Gateway National GL Madison IL 62060
Joe Lewis GC Riverdale IL 60827
‎Marquette Park GC Chicago IL 60629
‎Meadows GC Blue Island IL 60406
Oak Brook GC East Edwardsville IL 62025
Oak Brook GC North Edwardsville IL 62025
‎Oak Brook GC West Edwardsville IL 62025
‎Robert Wadlow GC Alton IL 62002
‎Rolling Hills GC Godfrey IL 62035
‎Woodlands GC Alton IL 62002
‎Black Squirrel GC Goshen IN 46526
‎Brassie GC Chesterton IN 46304
‎Timberlane CC Gretna LA 70056
Wampatuk CC Canton MA 2021
Northwest Park GC Wheaton MD 20906
Rattlewood GC Mount Airy MD 21771
Worthington Manor GC Urbana MD 21704
Brae Burn GC Plymouth MI 48170
Rouge Park Detroit MI 48228
Rouge Park GC Detrot MI 48228
‎Majestic Oaks GC-Signature Ham Lake MN 55304
Duncan Hills GC Savannah MO 64485
‎Forest Park GC St Louis MO 63112
‎GC of Wentzville Wentzville MO 63385
Grand Summit GCC Grandview MO 64030
‎Pevely Farms GC Eureka MO 63025
Firethorne CC Marvin NC 28173
Lincoln CC Lincolntown NC 28092
‎Olde Sycamore GC Charlotte NC 28227
‎Miracle Hill GC Omaha NE 68154
Cranbury GC West Windsor NJ 8550
Eagle Oaks GC Farmingdale NJ 7727
‎Painted Desert GC Las Vegas NV 89129
‎Palm Valley GC Las Vegas NV 89134
Revere GC Concord Henderson NV 89052
Revere GC Lexington Henderson NV 89052
‎Chenango Valley State Park Chenango Valley NY 13746
Indian Hills CC Northport NY 11768
‎Tallgrass GC Shoreham NY 11786
Berkshire Hills GC Chesterland OH 44026
Earlywine GC South Oklahoma City OK 73170
McKay Creek GC Hillsboro OR 97124
‎Crossgates GC Millersville PA 17551
‎Elkview CC Carbondale PA 18407
Four Seasons GC Landisville PA 17538
Lancaster Host GC Lancaster PA 17602
Rolling Acres GC Beaver Falls PA 15010
‎Cherokee National GC Gafney SC 29341
‎Crowfield GCC Goose Creek SC 29445
Eagles Point GC Blufton SC 29910
Shipyard GC Brigantine Hilton Head Island SC 29928
‎Shipyard GC Clipper Hilton Head Island SC 29928
Shipyard GC Galleon Hilton Head Island SC 29928
‎Village Greens GC Gramling SC 29348
Chase Oaks GC Plano TX 75025
Cypresswood GC Creek Spring TX 77373
Cypresswood GC Tradition Spring TX 77373
‎Glenbrook Park GC Houston TX 77017
‎Indian Creek GC - Lakes Carrolton TX 75007
‎Legacy Hills GC Georgetown TX 78628
‎Legacy Hills GC Georgetown TX 78628
‎Memorial Park GC Houston TX 77007
Pasadena Muni Houston TX 77034
‎Ridglea CC-North Ft Worth TX 76116
‎Riverchase GC EXTRAS Coppell TX 75019
‎Riverside GC Grand Prairie TX 75050
‎Texas Star GC_EXTRAS Euless TX 76040
TPC Craig Ranch McKinney TX 75070
Tribute GC The Colony TX 75056
‎Waterview GC Rowlett TX 75089
White Wing GC Georgetown TX 78633
Ashley Plantation GC Daleville VA 24083
‎Bay Creek-Arnold Palmer GC Cape Charles VA 23310
‎Bay Creek-Jack Nicklaus GC Cape Charles VA 23310
Cahoon Plantation GC Chesapeake VA 23322
‎‎Colonial Heritage GC Williamsburg VA 23188
‎‎Eagle Haven GC Norfolk VA 23521
Hell's Point GC Virginia Beach VA 23456
Heron Ridge Golf CC Virginia Beach VA 23456
‎Kingsmill GC-River Williamsburg VA 23185
Nansemond River GC Suffolk VA 23439
‎Ole Monterey GC Roanoke VA 24019
‎Red Wing Lake GC Virginia Beach VA 23451
‎Revised Aeropines-Tomcat GC Virginia Beach VA 23460
‎Sleepy Hole GC Suffolk VA 23435
‎Stonehouse GC Toano VA 23168
Stonewall GC Gainesville VA 20155
‎Stonewall GC Gainesville VA 20155
‎Virginia Beach National GC Virginia Beach VA 23456
Harbor Pointe GC Mukilteo WA 98275