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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Release Date: Aug 19, 2014

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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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
140.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
"The Golf Club" is the most enjoyable computer golf game I have ever played. A 360 controller is a must (do not use keyboard controls) - it was hard to give up the 3 key-click shot (of other games) but I think I like the 360 control better. Play alone, play with others, play with ghost is all good. Typical golf games have limited courses to play; this one has more than you could ever play in a lifetime. The course creator is an awesome tool (a little bit trial & error to learn) but it makes me appreciate the time & effort that went into some of the user created courses.

My only minor gripe is the 'tournament' & 'tour' feautures need a little more improvement. The game has a tendency to grade courses as 'easy' (not sure how it calculates that) and the leaderboards can have some mighty low scores - unreachable at my skill level, even after 130 hrs of play).

Hope the programmers/creators continue working on this golf game ...or a Club 2, they will have my $upport.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Good golfing game!
Reminds me of the good old tiger woods days on console :)
Graphics are nice, and the game runs smooth.
I do highly recommend playing this game with a controller.

**Note to devs** adding a driving range and a short range/putting option would be nice, Something llike a training button in the main menu.
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285 of 342 people (83%) found this review helpful
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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221 of 297 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2014
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 issues prevent me from recommending this game in its current state. With wonky putting, an unreliable swing mechanic, and lackluster ball physics (seriously the same bounce on every terrain except sand), you'd best save your money until this is patched.

On the plus side the sound design is top notch and the course creator is a great feature, however its certainly not enough to justify buying a game that feels like its still in beta.
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106 of 137 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 17, 2014
From what I have played so far, this might be one of the best golf games ever made and it is nice to finally see a game like this on Steam.

The golf course creation tool is amazing. You are able to create and customize your own golf course - It can be fully randomly generated or you can hand craft all of the holes, bunkers, trees, hills, anything you could think of, and you can share it to the public.

As it is currently Early Access some game modes are not available as of yet, such as Tour's and Tournaments (These have a coming soon sign). Stat tracking is also on the way.

As far as I can see, there is no online multiplayer, however you do get to play against other players ghosts and The Golf Club supports local Multiplayer.

Graphics wise - Very good, very nice looking game.

Audio is also nice and the commentary that is in the game is a little different from games such as EA's Tiger Woods games, and that is a nice change.
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210 of 304 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
122.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2014
No multiplayer, not optimized for pc, no real golf rules, no career mode, it's missing the essentials. No three click, no multiple pin positions, no multiple tee boxes. If you're interested in a golf game look at Perfect Golf.
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49 of 58 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
106.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Usually when I look at a game, if it has mixed or below reviews I steer clear. Luckily I got The Golf Club before it got too negative, because I personally have never had any issues with the performance of the game. I don't doubt those who say they have, but I have had nothing but fun playing this game.

On the hardware side, my PC has an i5, and a GTX760, and the game runs very smoothly, with the exception of the rare course with massive amounts of trees.

As far as content, well, you play golf. Some people appear unhappy that there is no career mode, and while that would be cool, it wasn't part of the game I bought, and my family enjoys just sitting down for a round of golf when we get together. I guess a lot of people are looking for a replacement for their previous favorite golf sims, and they find The Golf Club lacking, but if all you want is to play a round of golf when you feel like a round of golf, then this fits the bill nicely.
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46 of 56 people (82%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
1,739.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2015
I have never played a game as much as I have with The Golf Club. The Greg Norman Course designer is incredibly powerful, easy to use, and will have you creating fantastic courses in no time. The actual golf is great, relying on skill and not special pants you can buy that help you hit it 20 yards further. The career mode in the game is the only downside of the game, but if you head on over to, you can play a REAL career mode with real players (check it out)!

The community on the HB Forums and is incredibly active, helpful and fun, which further makes this game a complete joy to play. HB Studios is always making tweaks, and adding new features and themes for courses to help improve the game even more.

100% recommended to any golf fans and aspiring course designers.
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89 of 128 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 27, 2014
Update to the Updates: As of May 2015 they have made it so that in order to access some of features you have to buy a "DLC" which gives you access to the season pass features. So those of us that thought we spend $20 on a golf game just found out that we have to spend more money to get the other half of the game. On top of which the game still has a lot of development left despite the current release status. I felt this information was foremost to what I had to say about the game play that I experienced.

Don't get me wrong. With the demise of the Tiger Woods Golf franchise us fairway junkies have been waiting for a game to come along and give us our knee pant, 9 iron fix. This game will be that, one day. Right now the game is being updated side by side with the console build of the game. Very little effort has been put into the controls for mouse users. So you either need to play with a Xbox controller for the PC or struggle to figure out the who what where when and why of how the game registers your mouse movement. There seems to be no ability to control roughly how hard you whack the ball, I still haven't seen much influence from using the fade and draw features. It makes it hard to not want to break your digital club around the electronic trees surounding you on the course. That all being said the game is still in early stages, one day the game might be the next great golf game for both PC and console. One day. Right now they are putting too much into social features like friends lists and competative play, meanwhile very little into the ability to teach players how to use their control systems to get precise shots. I'm no stranger to golf games but I'm having a very hard time being consistant with this game.

Edit/Update: I've had the chance to play a few rounds with an XBox controller, and I've found the controls equally as hard to master. I think the problem still lies in not having a meter system either in game or at least as part of a learning feature that help you adjust to the control scheme.

As for the rest of the game. A lot has been put into implementing the social features. The game has single, tournament and tour features. I really like the choice of play variety. However unless you happen to bring 3 other golfers in your bag at the bottom with the loose tees good luck. There is no match making feature that I've come across. So if you don't have other players to play with you wind up being matched with imaginary ghost players who represent some of the best players that have played that course. Talk about frustration. As I have said the controls will drive you batty, but it's worse when an imaginary player with a -7 is driving them right to the green, taunting you while you try to work your way out of the sand. The feature was so annoying the do now have a way to turn it off. So obviously this game does want to promote social play. But for those of us who don't have golf loving gaming buddies it would be nice to have a match feature to meet up with other single players for some rounds.

I have not used the course making feature, but I've read that it too can be very difficult to use. However there are many well made player designed courses, that is a great feature of the game.

While they are constantly improving the social features of the game, the frustration of the controls combined with the under developed ability to actually use the full social interface make all the implemented features still seem far off. I will revisit this game soon hopefuly after some more updates to see what they have done.

February 2015 update: I finally uninstalled the game. The last updates have seemed to revert the controls back to being wonky and unpredictable. Which is a shame because right before that I was finally have to have a full round with a negative score. The controls seemed to be getting better. That has seemed to change. I'll check back maybe in the spring or summer to see if after a few more updates if the game has made any improvements.
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24 of 24 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
59.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
I've been waiting for a decent PC golf game since TW08. This is almost that game.
Pros: Beautiful scenery, fairly natural swing control, solid in-game physics, wide variety of available courses, and a course editor that is a lot of fun.
Cons: Charging extra for a Season (Career) Mode is lame at best, any joy created by Season Mode is removed by fact that the software engineers chose to cheat the game horribly so their software would not "lose" - no regional Pro-Am EVER had a an entire top 10 at -11 in a single 18 hole round! Makes it tough to care about playing through it.
Overall, I would give the game as it stands right now, 3/6/16, a B-. I will continue to play the game in other modes, but I am done with Seasons until the programmers stop cheating. Save yourself $9.99 and skip skip it.

added 3/7/16: Apparently the last update weighted all AI scores in all single player competitive events to the realm of absolutely stupid. The last 18 hole event I managed to finish had the ENTIRE TOP 30 IN THE LOW 50s! Until it is fixed, the only single player mode worth playing is single course, NO AI.
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10.4 hrs
Posted: October 16
I kinda like the Golf Club. It's a relaxing game, and as far as I can tell, a reasonably good golf game. Not perfect, but reasonably good.

However, I haven't played other golf games lately, so I can't really compare the Golf Club with anything. In fact the last time I played any proper golf game was 20 years ago. I also know very little about golf itself. Just the basics about the rules and the differences between different clubs. So I can't really say whether the Golf Club lacks some important features or not, or if it is realistic enough or not.
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71.3 hrs
Posted: October 14
The best Golf-Game (Sim?) for PC... Slightly limited (but priced accordingly)..TGC 2 should make it complete.
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1,142.9 hrs
Posted: October 12
I am surprised views are mixed ..This is a great game
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0.1 hrs
Posted: October 9
Can't figure out how to play this... No help on web site. Was pretty excited about this game - Steam you should not sell crap like this. Will try a refund today.
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4.4 hrs
Posted: October 4
I'm not a golf game expert, but I know what I like. The Golf Club is missing a bunch of features, but it is satisfying enough to play.

The swing mechanism is good once you've practiced a little and have gotten used to it. I've tried both the mouse and the Xbox controller and I think I prefer the mouse. With either one, it's hard to specify a less-than-100% shot, though. The putting and chipping power seems to be based on a different scale than fairway play. So, you have to hit the ball significantly harder on the green than off it.

The swinging is all analog; there is no three-click power meter. Just as "Cue Club 2" uses a power meter while "Virtual Pool 4" is all analog, The Golf Club attempts to recreate the more organic "feel" of physically moving a thing (mouse or thumbstick) to replicate swinging a club (like the pool cue in Virtual Pool 4.) How well it executes this is up to your taste. I think it's OK except for the inconsistent power detection.

There are no other people anywhere at all. No computer opponents or spectators at all. Not even when playing a season are there any crowds or applause or anything. Maybe the seasons are trying to reproduce the feeling of an honor-system play-by-email event. (Just kidding.)

There is a disembodied voice that I turned off after playing a few rounds. He continually states the obvious and offers no actual advice and just becomes annoying.

In many ways, I find the Tiger Woods series on Xbox 360 or maybe even the old Microsoft Links 2003 to be superior golf games. Still, The Golf Club can give you several hours at least of pretty good golf.

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0.6 hrs
Posted: October 3
Completely unplayable. It might be nice to have some in-game instruction as to how to swing, how to aim, how to putt, all that stuff. Apparently I'm supposed to have that information pre-installed in my brain -- if it's in there, it's cunningly hidden.

Once one does a web search to see how you actually take a swing, it might be nice to have the swing mechanism actually *work*. Pull the mouse back, move the mouse forward. Sounds simple enough. Pull the mouse back, well, okay, that's sort of a backswing. Move the mouse forward, and... nothing. Not even a twitch.

To make matters worse, I'm running on a brand new system and the graphics are jerky and slow even after stepping down resolution, antialiasing, and all the other graphics options. What in the world am I supposed to have to run this game smoothly, a server farm?

The programmers should be ashamed of themselves. Will someone *please* just re-start the Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Challenge franchise?

I'm uninstalling this and asking for a refund. This was a complete waste of money. I'm tempted to dig my old 486 out and load JNSE or TW2K on it. It would run and play better than this mess.
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12.1 hrs
Posted: September 11
For those of you looking to find a game close to the Tiger Woods games, then this is the game for you. To be honest, the course creator is a bit of an aquired taste, however to those who can use it, there are some absolute masterpieces on the community section. From Augusta to Whistling Straights, there is always a new course to play.
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28.9 hrs
Posted: September 5
Fun golf game. It's not perfect but it's the best thing on steam that I'm aware of.

+Looks nice
+Feels like golf
+Fairly realistic shot adjustment
+Adjustable swing difficulty
+Good customizability overall (even works with track ball)

-Still no driving range? Been waiting on this since release. Closest thing is to go into course creator and constantly revert your shots after hitting them.
-Wind seems very overpowering. An 8mph wind can blow your ball halfway across the green. A 15mph wind and expect to aim way off the side of the fairway to land mid. Maybe it's realistic (?) but it feels like too much.
-Resource hog. Maxed out with a GTX 1080 it runs choppy.
-Lastly, the biggest one IMO. The game NEEDS character stats. Every character being 100% identical makes for boring multiplayer. If I go before you and you watch exactly what I did, you can take that and tweak it for success because your character is an exact clone of mine. Including other variables would reduce this and add a lot of variety to the game. Playing the finesse player or long drive player or even amateur player would add a lot of replay.
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