Golfing Around the Grid
The SecondCast crew interviewed Linden Lab CEO and Second Life head honcho Philip Rosedale again the other day (which you can hear here). The interview covers a number of interesting topics, including Linden Lab’s friends in high places, the upcoming Second Life Community Convention, and the recent changes in SL registration policies. But before the taping, I met Philip on a new golf course that’s been built in Second Life, and was most impressed by what I saw. I made a return visit today to check things out more closely. The game turns out to be excellent fun.
Designed by Kanker Greenacre, who also built the groundbreaking sailboats raced by the Second Life Sailing Federation, floG!, as the game is known, works in very similar fashion to PC golf games, and takes good advantage of SL’s heads-up display functionality, as well as making unexpected use of the new one-click-to-sit function that was implemented in a recent patch.
After dropping your ball and choosing your club from the HUD, you line up your shot by clicking once on the orange arrow, rather then having to right-click to sit, as in former releases. Be sure to take into account the wind direction that’s represented by the white dots streaming off the aiming arrow. Clicking the middle of the HUD starts your swing, then you click again when the gauge reaches the power you want to put into it, and again when the line reaches the bottom for accuracy and to start the swing. A nice swing animation plays, and the ball takes off, leaving a white trail in the air so you can follow it to the green (hopefully). There’s also a collapsible HUD scorecard to record your bogeys on.
There seems to be a greens fee, but I was able to play for a mere L$1 for 24 hours, as far as I could tell. Grab your clubs — and some nice golf wear — at Hollywood (183, 170, 29) [<-- SL link], or click in the SLurlPane at the top of the right column here to be launched into Second Life. The Holly Kai Golf Club, which runs the course, is run by SL residents MarkTwain White and Nber Medici, and plans monthly tournaments, club championships, and a Second Life Open that any resident can enter, sometime this fall. The Holly Kai Ocean Nine -- which is a fun course made mostly of islands -- is the first of a number of courses planned for the area. Definitely a great addition to Second Life, one that I imagine will become quite popular.