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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.

Enjoy!

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:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“THE GOLF CLUB”, TEES OFF NEXT GEN GOLFING THIS AUGUST
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.

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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
603 products in account
3 reviews
14.0 hrs on record
An absolutely amazing golf game. Great graphics and sound with smooth controls. The course creator really fun to play around with, plus tons of cool fan made courses. Overall, this game has a really authentic feel to it. If you are a fan of golf games at all I highly recommend this game.
Posted: August 20th, 2014
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
76 products in account
4 reviews
15.5 hrs on record
You would have more fun teeing up a turd, hitting it at full force with a driver and watching it explode. I know you want a golf game, but trust me this isn't it.

This game runs embarrasingly inefficient. System specs:

i7-4770K, OC'd 4.1 ghz
Geforce GTX 770 (MSI TF n770)
16 GB DDR3 ram
3TB HDD
Z87-g45 mobo

I can't get better than 31fps. When the game was in beta, I could get 60 in windowed mode, and 30 fullscreen. I don't know what the ♥♥♥♥ is going on, but it sure as hell isn't optimized. And even if it were, the graphics look kinda clunky, second-rate. The reflections off the water are at times glaringly terrible. These were issues that were easy to overlook during Early Access. You know, things you expect to be fixed before launch. Oh how wrong we all were.

This will be the last title I support in Early Access.

The controls are really bad. You have no way to judge exactly how much swing you're applying, other than 100%. The power applied during the swing IS NOT PROPROTIONATE TO THE BACKSWING. Meaning, if you take a full backswing, and apply slow pressure upward, you could swing 10%, 45%, or hell maybe 88%. It's all a crapshoot. Instead of using a visual meter, you're supposed to learn to "Feel" the swing and the club.

Sorry HB, that's not the way that games work. I'm not actually holding a club. I don't have Chubbs to show me the hip technique.

The controls are especially terrible in your approach game. Need 60 yards with your Pitching wedge? Sorry, the closest we can do is full blast at 120 yards, good luck estimating your power for a half swing because your backswing has nothing to do with the result. Again, no visual standard. Oh, you didn't want to hit it 85 yards over the green and into the water? Better luck next time, because that's all it is, luck.

Here's some other thoughts:
-Announcer is painfully annoying. You'll want to kill him.
-All the players look like they could have had the same parents.
-Course creator is okay, but the finished product always looks rough.
-Cheaters are using "edging" techniques to never hit anything but a straight shot. Have fun with that.
-You can count the number of songs featured in the game on one hand. In fact, roughly half of your hand.
-No crowd. No atmosphere.
-No player progression. You'll always drive 100% max at 265 yards with no wind.
-No live multiplayer.

-No reason you should consider buying this game.

Give me Tiger Woods 2004 on the Xbox over this any day of the week. I wish I could get my money back for this. Don't buy it.

I know, you're thinking, "But it's a golf game, it can't be that bad can it?" It can, and it is, because people like me saw potential and the developer did not live up to it. They still got my money. Don't let them get yours.
Posted: August 20th, 2014
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
52 products in account
2 reviews
8.1 hrs on record
I got this game while it was still in alpha thinking "It can only get better" you know how much NOT better it got?? I did not know it wasnt in alpha anymore till I just looked at it on my Xbox ONE marketplace....This game was fun and the bugs it has were ok in alpha but not now....the rules are not there the clubs dont work how they are supposed to, you can hit your club the same way 3 times in a row and get different results everytime. I know they were going for a real feel with having no power meter for your shots but really guys its a video game.....Instead of playing this game that i thought i may like in the off season I nay just grab my clubs and go play in a thunder storm.....I am very sorry to the devs and to the people like me who bought this............3/10
Posted: August 21st, 2014
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
17 products in account
1 review
10.8 hrs on record
Great game but you need a good Graghic card too run it
Posted: August 21st, 2014
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143 products in account
26 reviews
4.0 hrs on record
As of release day (August 19th, 2014), a few very important bugs have not been fixed. The first being that some GPU's are being taxed at 99% with max fan settings at all times and on any settings. This happens to be one of my issues. Another is the lack of options to adjust graphical settings, with your only options being Low, Medium, or High. Some graphical errors include not being able to see putting distance in feet due to your head being in the way.

Gameplay: The game is smooth when you want to hit the ball hard and straight. Putting is also smooth. Where I have problems is lining up a shot and not wanting to hit at 100% power. It seems as though the "feel" power that they are going for is not very accurate.

Graphics: It's okay looking, but for 2014 you can't call these outstanding. That's a shame, and probably turns some people off.
Posted: August 22nd, 2014
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226 of 262 people (86%) 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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