N.J., and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The Virtual U.S. Open, an online golf game
that enables fans to play U.S. Open Championship courses in virtual reality,
has surpassed the 10 million mark in rounds played. The milestone was announced
today by the United States Golf Association and the World Golf Tour (WGT).
launched in 2009, the Virtual U.S. Open is available free of charge to golf
fans who want to experience the excitement of the U.S. Open Championship. The USGA
and WGT work in partnership each year to model and create digitized versions of
U.S. Open courses in precise detail, including Merion Golf Club’s East Course,
the 2013 host course, and The Olympic Club’s Lake Course, the 2012 host course.
The games are available by visiting www.usopen.com
in the Virtual U.S. Open has grown steadily. About 1.2 million virtual rounds
of golf were played on Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, host of the U.S.
Open in 2009, while Merion’s East Course recorded 3.3 million virtual rounds in
2013. The combined total of more than 10.3 million virtual rounds over five
years reflects a 28 percent average annual growth rate.
of the Virtual U.S. Open over the past five years confirms for us that golfers
want to have a deeper experience with our national championship,” said Sarah
Hirshland, senior managing director of business affairs for the USGA. “World
Golf Tour complements our other digital programming by giving golfers and golf
fans a unique way to truly play the course, providing a more meaningful
appreciation of the real-world event.”
deserves credit for pioneering the concept of a virtual championship way back
in 2008,” said Lincoln Silver, vice president of business development for WGT.
“They realized early on that golf fans would want to experience their
championships in many ways: on-site, on television, on their computer, and on
their mobile phone – including actually being able to play the course
Tour has already photographed Pinehurst No. 2, the legendary course that will
host the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships. The game will
reflect the current features of Pinehurst No. 2, following recent renovations
by golf course architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw to restore the natural
and strategic characteristics of the original Donald Ross design.
team was here this May and we’re excited to see how they bring Pinehurst No. 2
to life in the game for the men’s and women’s championships next year,” said
Tom Pashley, executive vice president of the Pinehurst Resort & Country
back-to-back Opens will be the seventh and eighth USGA championships to be
conducted at Pinehurst No. 2 and will mark the first time the U.S. Open and
U.S. Women’s Open Championships will be played on the same course in