Copied from a previous announcement ... with a few twists ... and with Special Thanks to brotha Gunter (teson1), I'm happy to announce one of two known (may be more??) TW Golf outings for this year.
[Drum roll ... crash of cymbals ... or was that my empty beer mug hitting the floor again? ]
Our April event takes us back to Augusta, Georgia, LJ922’s home city. We will be flying into Daniel Field and Augusta Regional Airport and joining over a hundred corporate jets bringing players and fans to the Masters Golf Tournament at the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club. The Masters Golf Tournament has a viewing audience of more than 30 million and is viewed live or delayed in more than 170 countries.
But this is not just a fly-in. We are going to be competing in the tournament too using Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2006 or 2007. So you will not only get to see the Masters on television that day, but also, you will get to play in the tournament too.
Participating in the entire event requires that you have both Flight Simulator 2004 or FSX and one of the two listed versions of Tiger Woods PGA Tour installed on your computer; and that you are experienced in the use of both the flight and golf simulations. Additionally, you must have Teamspeak 3 client as well. If you do not wish to play golf, you are welcome to participate in the fly-in portion only.
There are two components of the event: the flight rally and the golf tournament. Each of these is described below.
The Flight Rally
The first component of the day’s event is the flight rally. Fly to Augusta’s Daniel Field (KDNL) or Augusta Regional Airport (KAGS) in a plane of your choosing from your home airport or other airport.
Plan your arrival in Augusta at or before 1900 GMT (3:00 pm EDT). You may arrive as early as you like, but you must be at the airport and on the ground by 1900 GMT. Tee off time begins shortly thereafter.
Air Traffic Control will be in place for both airports on Teamspeak. Announce your desired airport destination and the controller will provide descent altitude, speed instructions, and vectors into Augusta.
Regardless of when you arrive in Augusta, be sure crash detection is turned off before joining the session. (Select Aircraft/Realism Settings and then tic “Ignore Crashes and Damage”.)
The Golf Tournament
We will join the tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course on the last nine holes using direct IP multiplayer connections of the Tiger Woods games. Please review the manual for information on connecting using direct IP. Depending on the number of participants, there will be an IP in use for every four players for each version.
Each foursome will be assigned a different Teamspeak channel and when you join your assigned channel, you will be given the IP to use to join your group on the golf course.
Each group will assign a host who will report the team's status from time to time to the other channels.
Remember that all players in the foursome must agree on the pace of their round, since all must move together from one hole to the next.
When you finish the final hole, each player should take a screenshot of the leaderboard that appears at the end of the game to validate their score for the round.
PREPARING FOR THE EVENT
Hamachi is a small utility for your computer that greatly alleviates the port issues that plague the FS series. What it essentially does is fool your internet connection into thinking it's connected to a LAN. The result is the elimination of people getting blocked out of a server due to port issues, as well as smoother animations within FS. No configuration is required. The program is very small and requires only a few steps to get things set up. Hamachi is available at this link:
Before the start of the event, someone will set up a Hamachi session, and the necessary information will be given to get connected. Once connections to Hamachi have been made, simply start up a multiplayer session as normal, leave the IP field blank, and hit "Search." FS should automatically locate the connection, at which point you can join the multiplayer session.
Please note that Hamachi is required to participate in the multiplayer flight portion of this event. You will not be able to locate the session without it.
Scenery for Flight Simulator (Optional)
You can use the default scenery in FS9 or FSX for Augusta. If you are using FS9, there is also excellent freeware scenery that was developed several years ago by Jim Ellis, a local EMT in Augusta. To get it, go to the FlightSim.com library and download auggav2.zip. The scenery installs in the usual way. It provides some nice improvements to Daniel Field and to the greater Augusta community and adds the Augusta National Golf Course into FS9. It has not been validated for FSX operation. If problems occur with FSX, use FS9 or use the FSX default Augusta scenery.
Scenery for Tiger Woods PGA Tour (Required)
You may use any of the three versions of the Tiger Woods golf simulation that you wish. Most of our older forum members have TW 2006, but there are two later versions available, 2007 and 2008. These three versions are available at many computer software retailers either in stores or by internet purchase. Prices vary widely and range from $10.00 to $50.00 depending on the version you select. All do a fine job and will give you many hours of enjoyment. All can be used in a multiplayer mode, either Direct IP or Internet. We will be using the Direct IP feature to connect our players together.
[For now we will just be using the 2006 and 2007 formats]
Please note that the multiplayer connections are not compatible across different versions of Tiger Woods. In other words, players with 2006 must play only with other 2006 equipped players, etc. The 2006 version is probably the most popular in the group, but it is becoming harder to find at retailers due to its age. If you are new to this, 2006 will give you the best chance of hooking up with other forum members for this tournament, but our goal will be for everyone to be paired with at least one other player and hopefully more, regardless of the versions they have. Most of our members have standardized on TW 2006. As of the date of this announcement, Amazon has TW2006, 2007, and 2008 for sale in both new and used condition for the PC.
The publisher, EASports, decided in 2008 to discontinue further versions of this simulation for the PC. So there probably will not be any later versions available for us anytime in the future. They are going forward with TW for the popular game consoles.
It is very important that you initially install your version of the Tiger Woods program into the default directories that are recommended by the publisher. There are many add-on courses available on the internet. The add-on course installers use the default directory locations, so it is best to keep it simple, if at all possible.
The Augusta National Golf Course is not one of the included default courses in the Tiger Woods series. Freeware add-on versions of the Augusta National course for TW 2006, 2007, and 2008 have been developed by Ken McHale and are at coursedownloads.com.
Example instructions for installing the Ken McHale add-on course for TW2006 will be provided in a subsequent post on this thread. All add-on courses install in a similar fashion. Read and follow the instructions carefully. If you have a problem with the installation, make a post on this thread and we will assist you.
PROBLEMS AND QUESTIONS
Please spend some time practicing for this event in advance on the Tiger Woods multiplayer system. There will be a practice round session scheduled during the weekend before the tournament. Check the Multiplayer Adventurers Forum as we get closer to the tournament for date and time.
If you have problems, take steps to resolve them early to avoid personal disappointment and possibly disrupting the event for other golfers and pilots.
Our Main Servers will be in use for this event. Join the Teamspeak server first and request the Hamachi session name and password. Then connect to Hammachi. The servers will be in operation all day on the day of the event. Check in on the Flightsim.com Multiplayer Adventures forum for information on any last minute changes.
Separate golf servers will be used for the golf portion. Each will have a host and unique IP address that will be announced as the tournament is about to begin. You do not have to play golf to participate in the event. Separate Teamspeak channels will be in use for the golf portion and those who are not playing golf may also monitor these channels for the latest information on the tournament status.
We look forward to seeing you in Augusta on April 10.
p.s. Here’s a way to add even more fun to your afternoon….
Watch the tournament on television and see who the tournament leader is at the end of the front nine holes on Sunday. Use his score for the tournament as your own score as if you had played each day. See how well he does on the back nine holes and compare your total score to that of the tournament winner. Did you beat the tournament winner? Did you win the tournament? Whoever wins our tournament may post a score on the back nine holes that is good enough to win. GO TEAM!!!!!!!