(Image: Dave_D/Flickr)

If you’d love to play at Bethpage Black–the legendary public course and site of this year’s U.S. Open–here’s your chance.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, qualifying for the “Virtual U.S. Open” begins online today, thanks to the World Golf Tour. Incredible HD images of Bethpage have been compiled to make this virtual version of the course strikingly realistic.

Qualifying ends on June 21. The top 156 qualifiers will battle it out on June 22 for the title of “Virtual U.S. Open” champion. The winner will be the USGA’s guest at the real-life U.S. Open in 2010.

Sounds fun. I might actually tinker around with this, but I have no shot.  I simply don’t have the time to play much online gaming anymore. I’m sure there’s 156 World of Warcraft dweebs out there just waiting to make their mark on the virtual golfing world.

The tournament is free. So if you have the time, fire at the pins.

Image: Dave D/Flickr

Image: Dave D/Flickr

The virtual version, that is.  Sorry about the cheap marketing trick.

The USGA and an online golf game organization called the World Golf Tour have organized an online golf tournament at the virtual version of Bethpage Black, the site of this year’s U.S. Open.

Starting May 25, visitors to the U.S. Open’s official website can play a round on the virtual Bethpage and qualify for the “Virtual U.S. Open,” which will take place on June 22 and include 156 qualifiers. Other than a hearty dose of virtual pride, the winner will get a pass to the 2010 Open at Pebble Beach.

The World Golf Tour allows you to play online golf for free without installing any buggy,  spyware-ridden software. Pretty cool. Since Bethpage wasn’t included in last year’s Tiger Woods game (not sure about the 2010 version), this may be your only chance to play Bethpage without driving to New York.

In addition to Bethpage, virtual, playable versions of The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, Wolf Creek Golf Club, and Bali Hai Golf Club are also available on the site. The graphics look pretty freakin’ sweet.


So the wife and I put some of our Christmas gift cards to good use on Monday and bought a Wii.

I had been looking for a couple of weeks, and those suckers are still tough to find. During lunch on Monday, I headed over to the Target in Cool Springs, and, lo and behold, four Wiis sat in the display case.

Right now, we have Wii Sports, Wii Play, Mario Kart, and Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess. Does anyone recommend any other games?

I’m a huge fan of the Tiger Woods series on XBox 360, but I’m wondering about it on the Wii. Anyone played it? The golf game in Wii Sports is fun. But I’m looking for a golf game that’s a little deeper.

I’ve spent most of my time Wii Bowling. Now that’s fun. 257 is my personal best. I’ll bowl that perfect game some day soon.

But back to golf. Any suggestions? Bring ’em on.

On a side note, I suggested to my supervisor that we buy a Wii for work. Google does that kind of stuff. I think it would promote healthy rest breaks. A worker could clear his or her mind for 10 or 15 minutes and play a little Wii bowling.

And the best part? We could call them “Wii Breaks.” Hah. I’m funny.