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Important announcement regarding the GolfWRX forums!

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Dear GolfWRX Members,

Last year, in an effort to improve the capability of our forums, we switched to new software. We expected tremendous scalability and rapid customization that would significantly improve each Member’s experience across multiple devices and integrate flawlessly with social media platforms.

Unfortunately, after a significant capital expense, we have decided that the length of time and the additional cost to reach our goals make this enterprise untenable.

Thus, we have made the difficult decision to transition the forums to our original software platform. We’re excited that, in the nearly two years since we began the process of our most recent switch, our original platform has been upgraded significantly, and we are confident that the reversion will not only provide the stability that we desperately needed prior to our last move but will also return to the Membership the high level of customization that made our online community so great. We have also added technical resources to the GolfWRX staff that will allow us to build custom modules and modifications that we are confident will take the forums to the next level.

We remain the world’s largest online golf community, and we still hold true to our core values and mission statement as written in 2005. Bearing both of those elements in mind, being the best and offering our Members a platform that is world-class are both requirements, not options, and it is that spirit that has motivated this decision.

So, please pardon our mess over the next five days or so while we transition the forums.

A few important notes: Current content will be accessible during that time, but the forums will be READ ONLY, and you will not be able to start new threads or reply to posts. Personal Messaging is enabled, but PMs sent/received from the time the board was frozen will not carry over. We know this is inconvenient, and we apologize, and we greatly appreciate GolfWRXers bearing with us through the transition.

We are very excited about starting this next chapter for GolfWRX and getting back to the high-quality Member experience we all expect as soon as possible.

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  1. Geoff

    Aug 15, 2020 at 11:06 am

    “The next five days or so.”

    Many of us remember the long slog to version 2.0. If the forums are back in less than a week, I will be shocked.

    What is going on at Golfwrx that they are incapable of performing a proper upgrade?

  2. Ewfnick

    Aug 13, 2020 at 8:06 am

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE lose the pop ups, they are driving me MAD!!!!!!!

  3. Greg B.

    Aug 13, 2020 at 7:27 am

    Excellent news if a bit late. I honestly don’t know how Vanilla software works for anyone nor how the company survives. It is a very user-unfriendly platform and the support model sets organizations up for disaster. Hope this transition is smoother for users.

  4. Gianni Sucks

    Aug 12, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    I wish that the first page was the latest comments and they filed back instead of page 11 being the latest and 1 the first.

  5. Tim Taylor

    Aug 12, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Please, one thing to consider is making your information available to all people regardless of abilities or disabilities. Someone who is blind may still enjoy your site if they can use a screen reader and keyboard. Someone who has mobility issues may be forced to use a keyboard always or some other device for input. If your site does not always allow that it is frustrating. You may also open yourself to litigation as the American’s with Disability Act (ADA) may be invoked in a lawsuit for discrimination.

    So a little thought and care would be appreciated.

  6. MrMeeSeeks

    Aug 12, 2020 at 10:54 am

    True WRX ho’ing. Have the trusty flatstick. Try something newer/flashier for a few rounds. Revert to old.

  7. Jim

    Aug 12, 2020 at 9:05 am

    I blame Gianni and his terrible articles.

  8. The Infidel

    Aug 12, 2020 at 5:23 am

    The moral of the story here is that you didn’t listen or learn from mistakes.

    Genuine constructive feedback was met with hostility and aggression. Take a quick look at the threads on ads in threads for evidence.

    Forum site visits have hit rock bottom I bet. Fingers crossed 3.0 works better!

  9. Shawn

    Aug 12, 2020 at 12:41 am

    Please restore the iPhone app and also BST feedback

  10. BE

    Aug 11, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Please tell me the next thing you are going to do is remove the SUPER ANNOYING pop ups at the bottom of the screen when reading your articles. The video one, at least you can close, but the “Read Next Article” one doesn’t have an “X” to close, and the user experience is awful, especially when reading on an iPad!

    • Ewfnick

      Aug 13, 2020 at 7:34 am

      Totally agree with this comment, the amount of adverts on this site makes it almost un-usable at times and the amount of time they take to load means that I do not use WRX anywhere as often as I used to, please get rid of EVERY pop up

  11. Curt

    Aug 11, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Will we get our feedback from BST transactions back that were discontinued with the “new” format???

    • dp4sc

      Aug 11, 2020 at 9:53 pm

      Amen, I have been away from the community since the changeover to the “improved” version. My old man, God rest his sole, once said if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Looking forward to the new old normal again!

  12. Chucks Steak House. Whats your beef?

    Aug 11, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Bout time!!! I went from logging on almost daily and interacting in the forums to MAYBE logging in 3-4 times since “update” and im not the only one. Hopefully this transition goes MUCH smoother than the dumpster fire of the last one.

  13. Jeff

    Aug 11, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Excellent news!!!!

  14. Yellow Jacket

    Aug 11, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    About damn time! The new forum software is horrible compared to what we had before. I noticed a decline in activity during and after the switchover. Advance notice would’ve been appreciated for ongoing BST transactions though–I feel like that’s a big driver of activity.

  15. Roy

    Aug 11, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    For hose of us who were in the middle of BST transactions, a little notice would have been appreciated. “Beginning at 6PM EST tonight, the forums will be read only……”
    Not too hard – other web sites do it all the time for maintenance……

  16. Moosejaw McWilligher

    Aug 11, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    We all know who the tech is really designed to work for. Google can track your every keystroke, but try to hold a Z**m meeting without freezes, dropouts and bombing… As long as the ads work, the coder’s job is done.

  17. Trevino

    Aug 11, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Thank god… this “new” GolfWRX forum has been hot garbage.

  18. shawnee

    Aug 11, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    wow great relief — this is great news

    heres to wrx 2.0 II

  19. Perkov

    Aug 11, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    You should probably fire the guy who made this mess and recruit a proper CTO/Tech Lead.

  20. BJ

    Aug 11, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    IM SOOOOOO HAPPPPYYYYYY!!!!!

  21. Patrick

    Aug 11, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Does this mean the iPhone app will start working again?

    • Orion

      Aug 11, 2020 at 1:46 pm

      Great question, Want to know this as well…

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Greg Norman praises ‘rebel’ players ready to compete in controversial Saudi International

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There has been much speculation as to whether the new Greg Norman-led Asian Tour will be able to snipe some of the world’s best golfers during the 2022 season.

As reported by Golf Digest Australia, it appears Norman is confident in doing just that.

Yesterday, organizers of the Saudi International, which is set to take place at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club from February 3-6, confirmed 25 of the golfers who will be making the trip to Saudi Arabia.

The list of stars is quite long and headlined by Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, and Dustin Johnson. Additionally, many of golf’s European Tour stars will be joining the field, including Adam, Tyrrell Hatton, Xander Schauffele, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen and Paul Casey.

In response to their commitment, Norman praised the “rebel” players for standing up to what he called “anti-competitive threats” in a memo sent to the golfers:

“I want to share my undivided support and endorsement for the stance taken in announcing your participation in the Saudi International,” he wrote.

“You are standing up for your rights, as professional athletes, and for what is right and best for the global development of the sport of golf.

“Without this change, you will never realise your individual and collective value, or elevate the game to the levels it deserves. Simply put, the anticompetitive threats and actions these professional bodies have taken are designed to prevent fair competition, limit the game’s growth, and harm your ability to realise your true value. 

“I wanted to reach out directly to share the respect I have for you and the strength of your actions, and also to voice the level of support you have from so many sectors of the industry, who are greatly encouraged by your leadership and the new horizons in golf’s future.”

The Saudi International will be played directly opposite to a brand new DP World Tour event, the Ras al Khaimah Championship, scheduled to take place in the UAE the same week.

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Golf pioneer Lee Elder passes away at age 87

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One of the pioneers against segregation in golf, Lee Elder, who will be mostly remembered for his appearance as the first black golfer to take part in The Masters, was reported to have died on Sunday, aged 87.

Having moved to Los Angeles at a young age, Elder took jobs at local golf courses before being encouraged and tutored by Joe Louis and Ted Rhodes before making his mark in the United Golf Association Tour for African-American players, at one stage winning 18 of 22 tournaments.

He reached the PGA Tour in 1968, losing a play-off to Jack Nicklaus at Firestone but always faced an uphill battle against the prejudice that existed.

Per Golf Channel’s report, during a tournament in Memphis one of his opponents, Terry Dill, saw a spectator pick his ball up and discard it, only for him to receive death threats at his hotel.

Further to that and similar episodes, at the 1968 Monsanto Open, Pensacola, Elder was amongst many black players forced to change in the car park as members would not allow non-white players in their clubhouse.

Six years later, Elder was to win in Pensacola, paving his way to that first initiation to The Masters, and whilst he received “up to 100 death threats” he confirmed some 40 years later that, “Every green I walked up on, the applause was just tremendous, I mean every one of the people shouted, ‘Go, Lee! Good luck, Lee!’”

In 1979, Elder became the first black player to qualify for the Ryder Cup and became a crusader and spokesman for injustice against racism at golf clubs, as well as speaking out against social discrimination and forming the Lee Elder Scholarship Fund, aiding low-income families seeking a place at college.

Elder eventually became a member of the PGA Champions Tour winning six of his first 22 starts and a total of nine tournaments.
As Tiger Woods won the 1997 Masters, Elder was on hand to witness the cheers. “You would have thought I was winning the golf tournament,” Golf Channel report Elder to have said. “To be there, to see what Tiger did, that meant the world to me.”

Indeed, Tiger himself stated that “I wasn’t the pioneer. Charlie Sifford, Lee Elder and Teddy Rhodes paved the way,” said Woods. “I was thinking about them and what they’ve done for me as I was coming up the 18th fairway. I said a little prayer and a thanks to those guys. They are the ones who did it for me.”

Last April Elder was appointed an honorary starter (alongside Nicklaus and Gary Player) for the 85th Masters declaring that it was ”one of the most emotional experiences that I have ever witnessed or been involved in…..it is certainly something that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

Masters chairman Fred Ridley gave Elder the ceremonial first-tee honours while adding that Elder will “make history once more, not with a drive, but with his presence, strength and character.”

Lee Elder is survived by his wife, Sharon, and will surely go down in history as one of the most influential players to break down racial barriers within the sport.

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As ecstatic as golf fans are about seeing Tiger Woods effortlessly swing a club again, players on Tour seem to be just as fired up about Tiger’s video.

Here we’ve rounded up some of the best tweets from Woods’ fellow PGA Tour players:

The PGA Tour is in a great place, with many young superstars on the rise and interest in the game at all time high. Even still, yesterday was a reminder that nothing moves the needle in the sport of golf like Tiger Woods. If more evidence is needed, the video Woods tweeted currently has 6.8 million views in under 24 hours.

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