World Golf Tour HD
How many balls do you lose when you play a round of golf? I remember a work foursome at dusk years back during the Fall in the Pacific northwest. Beautiful brown and golden leaves everywhere, sometimes a foot thick. Drive the ball. Swoosh, into a pile of leaves just off the fairway. Thwack. Ball gone again.

My luck was no better at our neighborhood course. It’s tantamount to target practice, with long rolling hills and dramatic elevation changes. At times it feels like throwing a dart across a football field. Yes, more lost balls.

Soon I hope to try my luck on the striking new golf course in Loreto Bay in Baja on the Sea of Cortez.

Luckily, I recently discovered a neat online game called World Golf Tour. So it’s with some relief that I can enjoy a round on my laptop, with a Dr. Pepper and the comforts of home. Of course still losing balls, but at least only virtually.

The first thing I liked about World Golf Tour was the ease of install – or lack thereof. No software needed… precious hard drive space untouched.

The interface uses a web browser and is slick. The tutorial works well; before you know it you’re immersed in a round, adjusting and tweaking your stroke.

Another useful feature is the online tournaments where you can play for cash and prizes. That along with the high definition quality graphics (a pleasant surprise again for an easy to load, online game) make it beautiful to look at. I don’t know if any of the courses have leaves on them – I prefer the picturesque, clear Hawaiian courses.

Give it a try, and let me know what you think!

World Golf Tour HD (beta)

Clinton shoots videos for Stark Insider. San Francisco Bay Area arts, Ingmar Bergman and French New Wave, and chasing the perfect home espresso shot 25 seconds at a time (and failing). Peloton: ClintTheMint. Camera: Video Gear