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Sorry, I have robbed this idea from the boxing game one. 

 

Mostly been playing Everybody's Golf on the Vita lately, just an unbelievable game that. But the Vita is hacked and in lieu of a real sim coming to the switch I have a real urge to play a few more. 

 

Was always a fan of the links ones on PC and played a lot of old PGAs but were there any other unsung ones? 

 

Thinking upto PS1 really although I do have the gamecube set up too. 

 

Turf Masters is one of my favourite games ever so anything even slightly close to that would be good. 

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Neo Turf Masters is a total gem and pure 90s arcade golfing. Even my ex-girlfriend loved it. ON THE GLEEN! etc.

 

I've mentioned this whenever possible but I have a real love for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 on the Xbox. Everybody hates it for the stat-mangling clothing, ability to make a purple stripey course and all the daft gamebreaker pulse-pounding long shots and other hyperbole. Personally I love the arcadey touches. Mind you I only ever play it when I've had a few ciders.

 

Would love to know what good ones there are on Megadrive as I'd prefer to play something from that era than Vita Everybody's Golf which, for some reason, I can't play to save my life. Like all the EG games it looks all cute and approachable but it plays a really mean game of golf.

 

 

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I always enjoyed some PGA European Tour on the Mega Drive back in the day, some great titles in that series.

 

As far as others to try, the Mario golf games were decent (Game Boy, N64). The Major Title games are also good, and by Irem, no less.

 

Also, Ninja Golf, of course.

 

 

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I was playing the Golf Club the other day, with 3 ghosts, their ball trails, multicoloured streaks on my screen, and you know what it reminded me of?

 

the sheer wonder of multiplayer Links 2004 on the OG xbox.

 

which had come a long way from the Fuji Golf in windows 3.1.

 

Tee Off, on the dreamcast, is better than Everybodys Golf of the same vintage, except for one thing: the loading times. It spoils the flow.

 

on PS3 Everybodys Golf world tour is my go-to. I especially like the little videos at the end of a round of golf.

 

Golden Tee in the arcade, with the trackball, was good, but designed to take your monies.

 

Top Players Golf on the Neo Geo is utter dogshit

 

Actua Golf 3 was the pinnacle of Gremlin golf games on the PS1.

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1 hour ago, Clipper said:

Leaderboard on C64

 

nothing has bettered it

Tried playing that recently. It's definitely one of those games that's very hard to go back to after playing anything more recent. I Found it hard to translate my inputs to how the shot would pan out. Made it really difficult to judge shots.

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The best of Everybody's Golf for me was on PSP.  One of the best launch titles ever.  I loved how the saved game file played a little video clip.

 

Awesome Golf on the Lynx is quite good.

 

Golf on Gameboy is basic but fun.

 

I like Wii Sports golf until you get within about 30 yards of the hole,  I could never do a half power / third power shot at all.

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14 hours ago, Vimster said:

Tried playing that recently. It's definitely one of those games that's very hard to go back to after playing anything more recent. I Found it hard to translate my inputs to how the shot would pan out. Made it really difficult to judge shots.

i still play it and the purity of the swing system still works just fine for me...  which has been copied by nearly every other golf game ever since.

 

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Back in the day you had to learn those club distances which made it all the more satisfying.

 

The disk versions of WCL came with a dongle you had to remember to stick in the tape port otherwise the game wouldn't load. 

 

One great thing about WCL is it let you create your own courses. That sounds better than it actually is; basically you just select which holes make up your course, but it's a nice way to play your favourite holes.

 

Also worth mentioning the golfer's animation was absolutely astounding at the time.

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Leaderboard was a beast of a game. I played a bunch of different versions - it was a gaming staple for years, you'd be round someone's house and they'd just have a random version of it for whatever computer or console they owned.

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Leaderboard on the C64 was the first game I thought of when I saw the thread title. That was one of the defining C64 games for me, along with International Soccer, Miner 2049er, Gyruss and Choplifter. Coming from the Spectrum these games were so much cooler and more advanced. I've wanted a golf game as pure and uncluttered ever since, but nothing has the same vibe or feel as the mighty Leaderboard. Even now the animation looks beautiful. What a game.

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Leaderboard was the first C64 game I ever played from 1541 disc, in a mate from schools converted attic, waiting for Jean-Michel Jarres Destination Docklands to start.

 

He lived on the street with this view of the venue, we saw the lights, but not much else

 

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but that was back in 1988. The view has changed a bit since then.

 

Oh, and I already had my Atari ST...

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On 24/11/2018 at 07:59, gone fishin' said:

Great topic, because the other day I was lamenting to myself at how few golfing games you get these days!

 

Even though I've always really enjoyed golf games, I never actually played the real game until a few months ago. And now that I've got the golfing bug, I find myself wanting to play some golf games - except there's bugger all now. Bah, it really does make me think "In my day, you didn't get one or two golf games, there were loads. And all different styles! Some more realistic... some more arcade... some 3D... some top down... BUT WHERE ARE THEY NOW...THANKS EA FOR KILLING OFF THE GENRE!!!"

 

Aaaanyway... I've gone back to some of the classics.. and especially going back to Leaderboard (which has been brought up a few times already!)

 

To me Leaderboard is still one of the greatest golf games you can play. In some respects it's very basic, but that's what makes it so enjoyable. It's hard to get over just how revolutionary it was when released in 1986(!!) The three button swing system started here. And it maybe shows up how the golf genre struggled to change over the years. Even playing a fairly recent Tiger Woods PGA Tour game, underneath all the "game face", customisation etc - it's still the same game as Leaderboard! 

 

But... the thing with Leaderboard was that there wasn't just one Leaderboard game. There were four Leaderboard, Leaderboard Tournament, Leaderboard Executive and World Class Leaderboard - and WC came with additional course expansion disks for the C64. That's a lot of golf!

 

I will give a warning about Leaderboard, mind you. Unless you've got a course guide with you - it can be really difficult to play now due to just how hard it is to work out distances. That's why, if you're going to play it, you should treat yourself (like I did a few weeks ago) to Leaderboard Par 4 on the C64 - the Leaderboard Compilation.

 

Why? Because it comes with all these luxuries only a high flying CEO would expect!

 

The hole guide, despite making me realise my eyes are nowhere near as good as when I was a kid, are so useful in knowing distances. The Club Guide is also really useful, because there's no indication of distances when you select a club. If you're going back to play these now, you really need to have these to hand.

 

And the score cards? They're just a cool thing to have!

 

Now compare these to what you get with a modern game... bah!

 

 

 

 

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is that a tape of disk set?

 

I feelt he need to scour ebay to add to my display/play shelf :)

 

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26 minutes ago, Clipper said:

is that a tape of disk set?

 

I feelt he need to scour ebay to add to my display/play shelf :)

 

 

Mine is a tape set, although you can get it on disk too. There's a complete disk version on eBay at the moment!. 

 

As the OP asked for golf games on the Gamecube, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 04 was probably the pinnacle of the whole PGA Tour series - it had a good amount of courses (19 on the Gamecube) and had refined the whole PGA Tour (and Leaderboard), excellent presentation although it moved away from the "3 click" control to an analogue swing control (I can't remember if you could set it back to 3 click, or not). It's definitely one of the best "arcade" golf games on a more modern console.

 

Here's 8 hours of long play! (although definitely check out the tongue in cheek intro)

 

 

After that, the series went a bit downhill in my opinion, adding in too many gimmicks. Although PGA Tour 12 "The Masters" on the Wii was pretty good, if you want a motion controlled version of the game (and the Wii version included all of the paid DLC courses for free). Pity my step father gave away my copy to a charity shop, as it seems to go for quite a bit now...

 

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