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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.
Release Date: Aug 19, 2014
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Official Release Build is Live!

August 19th, 2014

We are proud to present to you the Official Release version of The Golf Club on Steam.

It has been an amazing four months in the Early Access program. We have received massive amounts of invaluable feedback from you, our community. With that feedback, we have added major features to the game, and honed many others. And we are not done yet - not by a long shot. We have a long list of amazing suggestions from you that we intend to keep adding in to the game in the coming weeks and months. And we want more from you. Please continue to participate here and on our forums with all of the feedback you have so that we can all make The Golf Club even better moving forward.

That being said, it is time to let loose the game for its official release.


Some features you will see that are new since the last Early Access build are:

*Female golfers
*Links theme
*More objects and wildlife in the Greg Norman Course Designer
*Additional graphics controls
*Added stats features
*Online/Offline toggle added to Main Menu
*Added ability to use separate control methods for game and Course Designer
*Optimized KB/M controls
*Various graphical and performance optimizations

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PC Release Date and Pricing Announcement!

August 12th, 2014

Well, my friends, at long last the time has come….

We are proud to announce that The Golf Club will leave Early Access and officially release on Steam for the PC on August 19th, 2014 for $34.99!

See the full details below:


HB Studios Announces Full Retail Release Date For Golf Simulator

(Nova Scotia, CAN) Aug 12, 2014 -- Canadian video game developer, HB Studios, today announced that its golf simulation, The Golf Club will launch on Xbox One through Xbox Live on August 19, 2014. The Golf Club will also leave early access for a full retail release on Windows PC through digital download distribution service Steam the same day. The PlayStation 4 version of The Golf Club will launch later this month pending certification approval. Credited with making some of the most critically acclaimed sport franchises on the EA SPORTS label, HB Studios has developed the first golf title to bring procedurally generated courses to next gen console. The Golf Club is a highly realistic game that allows players to fully customize their golfing experience by creating and playing the course of their dreams with the built-in Greg Norman Course Designer.

“We are incredibly excited to give golf fans the game they’ve always wanted,” said Anthony Kyne, Producer at HB Studios. “No other golf game provides players with this level of customization and sophistication in course design on PC and next generation consoles. We’ve worked extremely hard to get The Golf Club ready for launch, so it’s really rewarding to officially announce the launch date and share that with our fans.”

The Golf Club is a fully featured golfing experience where users can play against friends’ and rivals’ best rounds in turn-based/asynchronous competition modes enhanced by cloud-based technology. The game supports Tours & Tournaments, stroke play, match play, and 4-ball.

The Golf Club’s Greg Norman Course Designer allows players to build an unlimited number of golf courses, which can then be shared and played with friends online. New courses can be generated in a matter of seconds by selecting a theme, terrain features, and number of holes. Players can then enjoy a full suite of editing tools from changing the time of day to placing hazards and objects to create the ultimate golf challenge. Players can also discover new courses built by friends and the community by filtering through rank and difficulty, as well as interact with new members of The Golf Club through the Message Center.

The game is due for worldwide release on Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One and PC Windows platforms priced $34.99.

The Golf Club comes complete with three modes: stroke play, match play and 4-ball, no loading times between holes, and the course designer feature.

For more information on HB studios and a full feature list for The Golf Club at final release, please visit www.thegolfclubgame.com.
Follow The Golf Club on twitter @thegolfclubgame.

About HB Studios
Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, HB Studios is an electronic entertainment software company that specializes in creating console, mobile, handheld and PC games. To date, HB has shipped 43 titles, selling over 23 million units, and contributed to 20 others.
More information about HB Studios and its products can be found on the company’s website, www.hb-studios.com.

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About the 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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

    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Helpful customer reviews
21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
70 products in account
1 review
23.4 hrs on record
I have been playing since the beginning of early access. Fantastic simulation golf. It has some areas that still needs brushing up, such as rough/bunker lie power percentages, swing mechanics (though mostly sound). I've played nearly every golf game ever and I'll say this one delivers big. The course editor is incredible and provides the community with endless options for choosing new courses to play. The big miss for now is not having a lobby for real-time online play. However, the devs are also fantastic with implementing player feedback and are aware of the potential.

Go play!

The other topic I failed to bring up is PC optimization. It is a GPU hog and may need to be played on lower settings. Really hoping it gets ironed out soon. The community is in a frenzy over the issue and rightfully so.

My experience is still positive and I do love the game!
Posted: August 19th, 2014
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
31 products in account
1 review
11.6 hrs on record
What an utter disappointment for a game with so much potential and practically zero competition on the PC market. Very limited PC graphics optimization and horrible performance/graphical issues on AMD cards prevent me from recommending this game in its current state. Additionally, the early access price was the same as the now launch price which is bothersome. The sound design is top notch and the course creator is a great feature but its not enough to justify buying this unfinished game.

This game could be amazing but is an absolute mess right now. Save your money until this is patched up.
Posted: August 19th, 2014
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13 of 23 people (57%) found this review helpful
59 products in account
1 review
0.4 hrs on record
Take this "review" for what it's worth: Only 30 mins of game play. But I feel like I just threw away $35.

It's more fun to watch the trailer than it is to play the game. And it certainly looks better. Graphics are mediocre for a 2014 release, and performance is pretty sluggish. Optimizations for PC (uh, oh, console port?) are supposedly on the way.

The "Intuitive Swing Mechanics" are anything but. I had to search forums on keyboard/mouse controls, as there are no hints or anything in-game on how to swing the club. When I did learn how to control the club, it felt clunky, not like other golf games I've played. Putting is even more frustrating to figure out. All in all, but the end of the first hole I knew I wasn't going to bother playing the second. Too bad, because this really looked promising.

I really, really dislike giving a negative review, but this game is simply not ready for PC, and it's just not very interesting. Wait a few months, perhaps wait for a Steam sale, then check it out.
Posted: August 19th, 2014
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
108 products in account
1 review
114.4 hrs on record
No multiplayer, not optimized for pc, no real golf rules, no career mode, it's missing the essentials.
Posted: August 19th, 2014
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
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24 reviews
0.2 hrs on record
swing mechanic pretty rough, feels super delayed and rigid... poor shot system... dispalys no estimations what so ever outside of the reticle you are given. generally just feels unpolished. the course designer is a great feature... but thats about it. In the end, it feels like another unpolished unity game; Thats not to say that I am down on the game because it was made with unity, but there is a distinction between a fine tuned, well crafted game made with unity and a generic, slapped together asset store unity game; this game is somewhere in between... leaning more on the generic unpolished unity game side. I was honestly looking forward to this game as I really enjoy golf games... but this was a major dissapointment as well as a bit over-priced... 20$ is fine, even 25$. I do feel that it will become much better in future updates, and am excited for such updates... but as of right now... it feels unfinished. Another not... The announcer's audio is not mastered at all... it just feels like your annoying friend is sitting next to you, commenting on you swing as you fumble to get use to the game's mechanic.

I do not wish to make the developer feel bad at all... I just hope this gets better than what I paid is all. also, I am running in a Titan graphics card with general high end specs on my comp... why is this game not optimized? unity has specific tools for optimization... and worse case scenario... buy the SectrSTREAM asset to help optimize your scenes.

overall, I did kind of enjoy the game, but there are a ton of issues aside from what i sated above... one major issue is the fact that on a perfectly functional highspeed internet connection, the game will lose the connection and kick you from a solo game while in the middle of playing every 5 or so minutes. It is a pretty serious problem, as it breaks immersion and completely ruins the matches, even if you are playing single player, which by the way... makes no sense to have any heavy internet usage.

to conclude... I am expecting to be entirely happy with this game in the next few updates.
Posted: August 19th, 2014
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219 of 247 people (89%) found this review helpful
132 products in account
2 reviews
92.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
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.
Posted: April 17th, 2014
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