The Golf Club is a visually stunning golf simulation that features procedurally generated courses, a fully featured course editor, asynchronous online play and outstanding gameplay. Create and share courses with your friends and compete with both friends and rivals in this fresh take on golf.
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Mixed (23 reviews) - 69% of the 23 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mixed (873 reviews) - 63% of the 873 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 19, 2014

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About This Game

The Golf Club is HB Studios’ next generation golf simulation. Stunning visual presentation and outstanding gameplay are to be expected but what really takes The Golf Club into the next generation is the procedural generation of courses and depth of social interaction. The Course Creator can generate a brand new course in seconds which can be shared and played immediately online with friends and other gamers across the world. There are also full editing capabilities for courses, Tournaments and Tours. Challenge your friends on a new or existing course in real time or try to beat their best recorded round. Add to this a myriad of stat tracking and personal bests of friends and rivals to beat, notifications, challenges and social media integration and you truly have a golf club worth joining.

INTUITIVE CONTROL SYSTEM

We’ve created and fine tuned a swing mechanic that is more about feeling and fluidity above the users’ accuracy of hitting a marker on a power bar. Whilst anyone will be able to pick the controller up and play comfortably, the best players on the global leaderboards will be those with the best feel for the different golf shots and who are able to take into account ball lie, weather and terrain conditions.

INSTANTANEOUS GAMEPLAY


No loading times between holes means you are straight back on the Tee after sinking your putt on the previous green. Also, minimal loading times into a new course make for a refreshing change to your typical console game.

UNLIMITED COURSES


No more getting bored of the courses given to you by the developer. With four clicks you can generate a unique course never seen before that’s ready to play.

GENERATE COURSES


With four clicks of a button from the main menu the game will generate for you a never been played before course. The variation is infinite!

If you want to tailor the courses a little more there are high-level options available to you. Examples of these are the number of holes, par distribution, fairway width, number of bunkers, green size, green slope and rough coverage.

EDIT AND CREATE YOUR OWN COURSES


The editor gives you the ability of create from scratch or mould anything on the course. You can alter the terrain, move tees, move greens, move holes, delete holes, add holes, bunkers, rivers, ponds, trees, foliage, buildings, animals and other objects.

LARGE SELECTION OF PRE-DESIGNED COURSES SHIPPING WITH THE GAME


Courses for all skill levels and utilizing the best of HB’s creative talents will ship with the game. They can be played individually but will also make up the tournament itinerary for the pre-designed Tour that also comes with the game.

LOCAL MULTIPLAYER


Up to four players can play locally. Differentiate yourselves with different character models and clothing and choose between stroke play, match play or fourball.

ONLINE SHARING AND PLAY


Play others creations - work your way through the huge database of user created courses, each rated by other users to help make the decision easy to make.

Share your courses with the World – when you’re happy with your creations you can publish them for the rest of the world to play.

Play against others live or from the past - each round you play on every course is saved Online. Choose from Friends Rounds, Record Rounds or Rivals Rounds (others players close to your ability) to compete against. Their ghost balls and scores will be visible throughout your round giving you the feeling of competition without losing the instantaneous game play. Ghost and live balls can be hidden if so desired either selectively or en masse.

Watch others play the courses you’re on live – through our ball trace system you can see other users from around the world on the course that you are playing live, even if they’re on different holes.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX11 compatible video card with 1GB video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 660 or AMD 7850 w/ 2GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
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Mixed (23 reviews)
Overall:
Mixed (873 reviews)
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MiMiC'
2.0 hrs
Posted: August 24
Best Golf Game around! ♥♥♥♥♥ on Hot Shots and Tiger Woods. Realest Sim Golf game with 1000's of courses being created each day using the course creater! Don't sleep on this one!! <3 to Telly G aka Bang Bang </3
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pokergabe13
1.8 hrs
Posted: August 16
Sorry guys I don't like the grafix and ammount of content to the game. I played a better game 20 years ago.
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Steven
16.9 hrs
Posted: August 16
Equal parts infuriating and rewarding, probably the best golf game I've played since Links 2003. I'd advise turning the commentator off though, his quips get old real quick.
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imacnz
3.5 hrs
Posted: August 16
A pretty good game. Putting is very good. Driving seems way too easy, compared to old Links. It's trivially easy to drive straight at 100%, in Links the harder you hit the more difficult it was to hit straight. Static, the graphics look pretty good. There seems to be some problems with animation, lots of flickering, no matter what I try tweaking in graphics (I have GTX 1070, playing at 4k) Also reflections seem very blocky on some courses. It seems like they should be able to do better. More variety in courses would be nice, many look very similar. I don't want to be too hard, it's great someone is making a "serious" golf game, this is a fun game, with tougher shot play it would even better.
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Slamin' Salmon
281.8 hrs
Posted: August 13
I got this game around 2 years ago and I love it. The base game itself isn't really why though. I use TGCTOURS.COM which is basically an online tournament/competitive league simulating all the real life tours. I'm sure there are other websites such as this one but I havn't really looked into it. If you aren't really into that then the course designer is AMAZING! You can pretty much do anything to your course and its awesome! Check out some tutorials on youtube first and make sure you never auto generate your holes, build them yourselves. For some cool courses I recommend going onto the forums (thegolgclubgame.com) and checking out the courses there.

If you aren't into either building courses or playing in online tournaments, then this game isn't for you.

ALSO: if you do not have a controller this game is... meh. It is literally impossible to swing without a controller for me and it is NOT a 3 click swing mechanic game. Controller is pretty much a must.
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Mike
13.7 hrs
Posted: August 10
Pros.
looks nice
Nice continue game feature
Multiplayer works quite well


Cons.
Playing on a PC with dual monitors is a pain, ie. no screen traversal in full screen mode.
Unusual naming and positioning of the advance tab.
Club power is difficult to control.
No metric voice over.
Changing units from metric to imperial or vice versa creates a mix of the two.
Only seems to work with Directx 11 compute shader compatible graphics cards.
Unable to see multiplayer friends until on the course.
Overly complex menu layout needs a basic and advanced mode.
Sometimes all courses are unavailable.
Feels like a beta.
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Sigwolf
19.6 hrs
Posted: August 5
I have not enjoyed a computer golf game so much since I played early DOS versions of Links in the early '90's. Though I played that with a mouse, this game is much more enjoyable for me with a gamepad. I suspect many of the negative reviews about the feel of the game are from people not playing with a gamepad. The negative reviews that talk about the lack of "leveling up" and "improving shots" are really the greatest strength... you get better at this game by playing and practicing, just like real life. It does take practice, and you get better by playing and learning. Sooo much better than the EA golf games' "upgrades", and "level-ups".

The only negative views I fully understand concern online play and the handicap system. That is truly broken and exploited. But that does not take away from the fact that this is just a fantastic golf sim, with essentially unlimited course options. I would love the option of real world courses and equipment, but even that does not take away from the fact that this is a fun and relaxing golf game. The course designer is an awesome addition, and it is just fun to play solo, or with friends you know won't cheat the system. I took a chance the last time it was on sale, and liked it so much I went back and bought the collector's edition upgrade to further support the developer. Well worth the price, and I look forward to the next version.
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The Spirit of Jazz
17.6 hrs
Posted: August 3
Well, basically the game doesn't work. Ok, let me correct myself, kind of. It does work, but the control system doesn't.

It doesn't matter if you use mouse/keyboard, a PC gamepad or an XBox controller on your PC (I've used all 3). You will always hit a number of shots at 85% power, despite doing a full power swing. The likelihood of this seems to increase with your framerate. The higher the framerate, the more likely you are to hit underpowered shots. It's as if the engine is skipping input samples the faster it goes or some such.

Anyway, avoid at all costs. So much promise but ultimately let down by shoddy coding in the most important area of the game.
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Joust
37.1 hrs
Posted: July 31
LOVE IT
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Ants In My Eyes Johnson
23.0 hrs
Posted: July 30
This is probably one of the best golf games made. Such a good waste of time.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
I'm not too sure why there are so many bad reviews for this game. I haven't played hunderds of hours but so far I haven't had any issues at all. I was looking to buy a golf game, this was on offer and I couldn't be happier. So much variety with thousands of courses to choose from. Looking forward to creating my first course.

If you're looking for a golf game get this. Unless you want something like Golf With Friends but they're obviously very different games.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
This is probably one of the best golf games made. Such a good waste of time.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
I have not enjoyed a computer golf game so much since I played early DOS versions of Links in the early '90's. Though I played that with a mouse, this game is much more enjoyable for me with a gamepad. I suspect many of the negative reviews about the feel of the game are from people not playing with a gamepad. The negative reviews that talk about the lack of "leveling up" and "improving shots" are really the greatest strength... you get better at this game by playing and practicing, just like real life. It does take practice, and you get better by playing and learning. Sooo much better than the EA golf games' "upgrades", and "level-ups".

The only negative views I fully understand concern online play and the handicap system. That is truly broken and exploited. But that does not take away from the fact that this is just a fantastic golf sim, with essentially unlimited course options. I would love the option of real world courses and equipment, but even that does not take away from the fact that this is a fun and relaxing golf game. The course designer is an awesome addition, and it is just fun to play solo, or with friends you know won't cheat the system. I took a chance the last time it was on sale, and liked it so much I went back and bought the collector's edition upgrade to further support the developer. Well worth the price, and I look forward to the next version.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
281.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
I got this game around 2 years ago and I love it. The base game itself isn't really why though. I use TGCTOURS.COM which is basically an online tournament/competitive league simulating all the real life tours. I'm sure there are other websites such as this one but I havn't really looked into it. If you aren't really into that then the course designer is AMAZING! You can pretty much do anything to your course and its awesome! Check out some tutorials on youtube first and make sure you never auto generate your holes, build them yourselves. For some cool courses I recommend going onto the forums (thegolgclubgame.com) and checking out the courses there.

If you aren't into either building courses or playing in online tournaments, then this game isn't for you.

ALSO: if you do not have a controller this game is... meh. It is literally impossible to swing without a controller for me and it is NOT a 3 click swing mechanic game. Controller is pretty much a must.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
A pretty good game. Putting is very good. Driving seems way too easy, compared to old Links. It's trivially easy to drive straight at 100%, in Links the harder you hit the more difficult it was to hit straight. Static, the graphics look pretty good. There seems to be some problems with animation, lots of flickering, no matter what I try tweaking in graphics (I have GTX 1070, playing at 4k) Also reflections seem very blocky on some courses. It seems like they should be able to do better. More variety in courses would be nice, many look very similar. I don't want to be too hard, it's great someone is making a "serious" golf game, this is a fun game, with tougher shot play it would even better.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Equal parts infuriating and rewarding, probably the best golf game I've played since Links 2003. I'd advise turning the commentator off though, his quips get old real quick.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
85.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
I have waited a long time for a natural, non-arcadish golf game. I thought this was the one, and in many ways it is.

What I want to know however, is why it seems that no developer is able to put out a golf game where the difficulty simulates true play.

-22 on 18 holes?

Obviously, this is someone who is cheating or doing the impossible of having multiple golfers of the same name all winning, but believe me, I have yet to play in a tourney where there weren't many, or most, people at -18 or better for a round.

Either the game is just too easy for some, thus requiring the devs to consider making it more realistic, or in a twist of irony, cheaters are all over the place in the game of golf, which is the one sport of which I know that players admit to their own errors and take their penalties.

I know these things about the game for sure:

  • It does not FEEL arcadish in the play.

  • the handicapping system is utterly being abused and needs to be revised.

  • Playing the game is very fun, and it is definitely my favorite golf game to date.

  • It is still not the game which makes it "real" in terms of scoring potential.

  • I will always finish last when people are shooting -18 or better through 18 holes, and the game needs to ensure that can't happen if they want to truly make a great golf simulation.


The game is beautiful in a different way, graphically. It uses many textures repeatedly, yet somehow that doesn't seem to matter and the scenary is still lovely. It is far more organic than the Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy franchises, but nevertheless, suffers the same level of either cheating or ease of beating they both do as well.

I would recommend this game highly to anyone who just wants to play some rounds without concern for place in a match. I would highly discourage anyone who isn't a cheater and wants to score well against competition to spend the money; you won't win, and your handicap will never reflect it, for whatever reason.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Awesome Game ... Been looking and I found it, Thanks !!!!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
285 of 341 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
92.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 17, 2014
I was going to write up an elegant summary of the game but honestly it doesn't need it. The game is easily the best golf sim I've played. The fact it has an unblievable course creator just puts it over the top. It's intuitive, fun and beautiful. You can play your course as your build it to ensure its exactly what you wanted. From placing objects such as buildings, trees, signs to sculpting a simple sand trap, you'll be in love with the ease at which it's all done.

Ontop of that the game is gorgeous to look at, runs great and simply the best representation of golf you can find on PC. With an interesting multiplayer aspect you can challenge your friends or take on their ghost ball of their best score.

So if you like golf, or golf creation and horribly written reviews, you should get this game.
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