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.
User reviews: Mixed (538 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 19, 2014

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"The Golf Club is a fun way to hit the links for golfing purists and would-be course creators."
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January 10

Patch Notes - 9 January 2015

PATCH SUMMARY

*Maximum course size indicator in the Greg Norman Course Designer.
*Fixed UFO shadow.
*Minor putting adjustments.
*Various handicap interface fixes and adjustments.
*Various Tournament interface fixes and adjustments.
*Stability improvements
*Increased max Tour duration to 180 days.
*Updated the offline course list.
*Tweaked the wood texture on selected Greg Norman Course Designer assets.
*Fixed GNCD course testing crash when ball holed out.
*Fixed local Match Play bug where match ended early.
Commentary tweaks and fixes in Tournaments.
Fixed removing Tee Furniture console bug which left the bag behind.
Various other small bug fixes and general tweaks.

Link to full post on The Golf Club website.

EDIT: Small Patch on 10 Jan 2015 to correct Turn-based issues

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December 19, 2014

Feature Update 2.0 - 19 December 2014

Below is a summary of a post on our website detailing Feature Update 2.0

Please see the full article for a list of most of the 282 bugs addressed.

"We are delighted to announce that Feature Update 2 will be available later today, probably at around 9pm GMT, 4pm PT. It is the second update for The Golf Club and we hope all the members out there enjoy what it brings to the game. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved so far and this update only serves to enhance that feeling within the studio. We have confidence that the Handicap System will add a positive new dimension to the game and for those that aren’t too keen on Handicaps there is always the option to play rounds and tournaments and follow leaderboards that don’t involve the handicap system. We are also really pleased with the Countryside Theme and can’t wait to see what you can create with it. And this is all for free!



MAIN CONTENTS

New Theme – Countryside
Handicap System
New Game Mode – Stableford
Multi-plant tool in Greg Norman Course Designer
Optimization on all Platforms
Expanded Commentary
Ability to change Tee Box styles and colours
New Official Course – Flin Flon Golf Club
New Official Course – Great Tottington Golf Club
New Official Tournaments for all handicap levels – some available immediately, most progressively over the holidays.
New Official Tours for different handicap levels – to be released over the holiday period.
Colourful plants and shrubs added to Greg Norman Course Designer.

And here are the majority of the bugs we fixed. Please excuse the wording, terminology or any unprofessional text but there isn’t a lot of formality when the QA and Dev Teams send notes to each other in the heat of the battle. We thought you’d enjoy taking a look nonetheless.


BUG SUMMARY (282)


(See linked article above)

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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
    • 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
73 of 89 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
This was a hugely anticipated game for an alternative for the other (dying) golf series and a game finally on PC. While the game initially fills void and you can play some video golf , it becomes increasingly frustrating the more you play it.

The user created courses are the heart of the game and it's fun to play others creations. This is best part of the game. Course difficulties and ratings help you find what you're looking for. I love this part of the game and applaud the effort that a lot of users make on some truly creative courses.

As I put hours into the game my frustration level with wind and putting has increased to the point where I can't even finish a round. It gets boring and repetitive. Long drive, approach misses because wind is inconsistent, and 2-3 putts because the putting is next to impossible. Approach shots become increasing difficult if you don't need a 100% shot. I've played the other series for years and never had even close to this much difficulty.

If any game needs a putt preview, it's this one. The "touch" required on putts took awhile to learn, but the aim will never be right. If you think you need to aim the ball 5' right on a 15' putt, you better move it to 12' right. Sometimes you won't even see the hole.

FWIW, I'm using a Dual Action game pad. I may be switching to other controls soon, but those don't sound like any fun to me (yet).

Overall I'm happy the game was made. I just can't recommend until the playability is fixed. Me and many others......
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47 of 54 people (87%) found this review helpful
31.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
This game is not bad, but definitely didn't live up to the hype. The lack of a career mode with depth features is a let-down, and the limited amount of character customization is one even more so. Also, it would have been cool to have some sort of earnings system or something of the like that integrates with a career mode to give it long-term replay value. Also, the lack of online multiplayer features is a bit frustrating.

Mechanics - keyboard and mouse gameplay is really, really not enjoyable once you have tried it with a controller. You will notice a ridiculous difference in your accuracy when using a controller joystick over a mouse for swinging.

All that being said, the course designer is cumbersome, and almost feels like the main attraction of the game. If you want to design a virtual golf course and have the time and imagination to devote to it, this game is for you. The course designer has a lot of options and - I would imagine - is unmatched in its genre in the scope of this feature. Also, the gameplay is not bad at all, but can be quirky. The commentary is really just downright annoying and repetitive after a while.

Overall, if you are not big into golf games, avoid it. It's really unbalanced and does not have enough of the career and online features to attract a wide scope of gamers. If you are interested in designing elaborate and realistic looking golf courses and playing them for fun, it could be worth the 35 bucks, but I would honestly wait until there's a drop in price or a sale to consider it even if that is your MO.
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38 of 52 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Pre-Release Review
When I bought this game, their FAQ said they were still considering incorporating a 3-click shot meter, which I assumed would be optional. I understood they wanted a 'realistic' mechanism to focus on the 'feel' of golf, but I hoped, because of their FAQ, that they would add the 3-click shot meter for those people who preferred a lighter fun vs super serious. Eventually they dug their feet in the ground and decided they wanted 'realism,' which completely killed my desire to play the game. While it seems their mechanism for a console game controller works okay, their mouse and keyboard mechanism is too frustrating and imprecise to be fun. At least for me (some may disagree).
Consequentially, I felt like I had wasted my money, which inspired this less than positive review. Alternatively, if Steam allowed (easier) refunds, I would have done so, and would not have been as frustrated, and would have just waited for a golf game that is more accommodating to us 'less-serious' golfers.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
First off, while this is marked as a recommended title, there are issues to be aware of.

This game is fun, but it's missing some key elements that sports type games need to be an overall good experience. There is nothing in the way of a practice mode, or even a basic tutorial. You're thrust into the game, and left to figure out how to play on your own. I don't understand why there was such an oversight in this design, and the developers even acknowledge the lack of a practice/tutorial mode in a video on their own page.

That being said, it is great fun. The courses, while not real world copies, are challenging, and quite rewarding to those that take risks in their shots. The game mechanics are good, and the game is engrossing enough to have you looking for you club, when you've missed a shot by inches, and decide to throw it.

The bad is this. I felt like I've played this game before, at least, I've played PGA Golf Games before, but they felt like there was more to it. This feels less than, because it's more simulator, and less casual. Putting is challenging, and there aren't 15 different types of overlays setup for you to use. Instead you get a grid, and a camera you can move. It feels basic, but it's more challenging in the end.

If that is what the devs were going for, which I believe they were, then they hit the mark. This is not a Tiger Woods game, this is a Golf Simulator, rage included at no extra charge.

p.s. please add some sort of practice or tutorial modes. That's really a rookie mistake.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
68.9 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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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
The graphics are nice, but this just isn't a good golf game compared to other available PC golf games (such as Customplay 2010 or Hank Haney's World Golf- which both use the same basic golf engine and both having comparable realism to The Golf Club). Too much is missing in terms of gameplay and game types (there are no skins or stableford games), and overall this feels like a rushed console port. The mouse swing never feels right, and is extremely unforgiving. While the random course generator is a nice feature, the editor itself is tedious to use and not as powerful as the editors featured in other golf games (such as the Links or Jack Nicklaus series).

Do yourself a favor and avoid purchasing this game.

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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Disclaimer: I played one round, and intend to play more.
The Good: The commentator is a condascening jackass, game is well made, actually fun to play even if you don't like golf, course editor, heaps of community based features, diverse courses.
The Bad: Keyboard and mouse is extremely difficult and would recommend a controller, minor tearing.
I bought this hoping it was similar to SimGolf, it's not. However it is a solid golf game that is actually quite good fun. If you just want a casual sports game or like golf in general, this will be great.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
277.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
This is an amazing golf game, anyone who is into golf knows that there are not many good golf games for PC, actually the last decent one was Tiger Woods 2006 which was nine years ago! The golf club feels like a modern updated version of the best golf game ever made (PGA 2000 by Sierra). Also the devs are still improving it and listening to people in the forums which is worth a lot these days. Highly recommended for all you golf freaks out there.
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24 of 37 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
I cannot say how much I am disappointed in this game. The only positive thing I can say is that the graphics look great. Everything about game play is ridiculous. The physics must be a simulation from a different planet. Hit the club twice the same way and the ball may travel 20 feet or 30 yards. The is no consistency at all. I wish I could get my money back for this turd but Im sure thats about as likely and hitting a hole in one.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
I think if you want a Golf simulator, and have the patience to learn the mechanics of this game and how they work, you will love it. Folks that are looking for an arcade golf game, probably won't like it, and will quit before they give it a chance.

Personally I really like the game. Once you get used to the controls, it "feels" like you really are playing golf. You have to concentrate on each shot, and not every shot is perfect, some are really bad, sometimes you hit it perfect...but thats how it is when you really play. The point is, the feeling you get with the controller, is about like the feeling you would have really swinging the club, from the mental point of view.

I'm not sure of the specs of the reviews I see that say the game is not optimized or runs slow. It runs perfectly fine on my machine and the graphics look beautiful. Multiplayer works great also, a friend and I play together and take turns and it is quite fun.

The only cons I have is that there is no tutorial or practice area that I could find. It would be nice if they at least had a tutorial in game describing the controls, and a driving range that you could click on and practice swings. I think I eventually found this info on their website, but it was hard to find. Also, a bit of advice, if you are using a controller, make sure you have an Xbox based one, not the older D based (Sony) kind.

Final verdict in a nutshell - GREAT game, very much worth it, IF you put the time in to learn it properly.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
79.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Brilliant golf sim. Online competition is fantastic and you can custom make your own courses.

I would recommend this to anyone who is a simulation fan and especially to anyone who plays golf.
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
983.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
The Golf Club is a great golf game that has the best putting of any golf game I've ever played - once you understand it! The graphics are great and with new themes being released it's only getting better. There's no reason to not try it if you like golf - it's definitely more on the sim side than arcarde at this point which is pefectly fine by me. For those looking for a bit more (career) come visit us at www.tgctours.com and enjoy an enhanced experience with The Golf Club.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
89.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Great golf sim with a few quirks.

I love this game - play it several times a week with my Dad. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a good solid golf game, but it's certainly not perfect. Probably easiest to sum up with a list of pros and cons:

Pros
  • The core of the game is rock solid and realistic. The feel of the swing, the look of the courses, the physics, and the action of the ball are all great.
  • Fantastic course editor - best I've ever seen in a golf game. You can play courses created by other palyers or generate a fresh new course with just a few clicks. You'll certainly never run out of courses to play. Very satisfying when you put in a good round because you know you earned it. :)
  • Skill is not stat based. If your get better at the game it's because you've learned to play better.
  • Devs are still improving the game. I've been playing since the first day of Early Access and the Devs have been communicating and responding - while still sticking to their gameplan. They haven't fixed all the quirks, but the game has seen steady improvements over the months.

Cons
  • Some machines might struggle with the graphics. Seems to recquire more CPU/GPU power than you might think. Only a few graphics settings to adjust.
  • The swing controls can be hard to learn. I love the controls (I use xbox 360 controller) but some people seem to get frustrated. No option for the old 'three-click' method that is popular in other games. I think this is part of the 'level playing field' that the devs are shooting for. They have worked hard to make the competition skill-based and fair.
  • The interface is sometimes clunky. All the info and controls are there, but sometimes they are not intuitive. Took me a long time to figure out what the two different distances on the putting green were (one is distance to the cup, and the other is the distance to your aiming marker). I still can't figure out how to properly show an instant replay. :)
  • No career mode or similar extra features. The Tiger Woods games were full of all sorts of extras and some people might expect them here. Presentation is somewhat sparse. The voicover/commenter is well done, but there is very little 'juice' or graphical embellishments to spice things up.

For me the pros definitely outweigh the cons. This is one of my most played games of 2014 and I expect it will be in 2015, too.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
Very Fun
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Ye get tae swing a big stick at a wee ba' and watch it flee intae a hole up the park. No bad like.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
67.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
If you have the rig to play this game, give it a shot. Don't put any stock into the negative reviews they most likely just don't have the PC to play this game. Great community and Doyley and Co. have created an amazing Tour structure for us to play in 2015.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
I've had my eye on this game for quite some time. I picked it up during a sale recently and do not regret it at all.

I'm a former Links player and I've been looking for a simliar experience for quite some time. This game captures that experience. I'm not a big fan of the Tiger Woods gaming experience. The RPG elements and monetization scheme is just not for me.

This game is about skill and consistency. There is a learning curve. You'll be frustrated and challenged. There is no magic win button/skill/purchase. There is just you and your skill. As it should be. Trust me, I'm right up against that learning curve with only a few hours in. Out of the gate, this game feels good. Tons of potential here.

There are pretty consistent updates to the game and content additions. The community is growing and getting stronger. Support this game if you are a fan of games of skill, rather than a vapid pay to win environment.

It isn't without a few bugaboos. Nothing has been a show stopper, up to this point.

On thing that I wish they would add is some sort of visual indicator of your swing.

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20 of 34 people (59%) found this review helpful
108.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
The Golf Club is a great idea. Place a golf sim game on the PC platform when other developers refuse to and give it a course creator. What could possibly go wrong with such a strong idea? Many things.

First and foremost this game does not run well. Even on powerful machines you will innevitably find yourself playing on Medium or lower settings just to get a decent and constant framerate. This is something that can be overlooked by many but still needs to be stated as it is important.

Ball striking is solid and good until you get close to the green. Due to the minimal control you have over shot distance anything other than a full 100% shot into the green is unlikely to land anywhere near where you intend it to. Putting is also a widely varying affair where getting correct distances is nearly impossible.

The course creator is one of the shining positives in The Golf Club. It has enough functionality and customization to allow for a large variety of course types and difficulties. However, more recent updates had altered some of the terrain functionality making it difficult to create smoothed surfaces with large scale changes. Still, the course creator is definitely a strong point.

The largest issue with this game currently is the seeming abandonment of the PC Platform. With their release on PS4 and XBox One, HB Studios have given continuous updates to both of the console platforms, yet have not updated the PC release with any of that content for 2 months as of this writing. ('Release was on October 8th, currently December 15th) This is the most diseheartening thing HB could have done. The console versions now have more HB created cources, 2 more course creator themes, and more bug fixes than the PC version.

With this last point in mind, I cannot recommend this game. It is a wonderful idea with a nice course creator that seems to have been abandoned before it could be made into something great. If you really want a golf game on the PC platform and have no other options then pick this up when it is on sale for 50% off or more, otherwise just steer clear. If they ever come back and give the PC platform some love, it may be worth the asking price, but as it stands it is not.

Edit: As of 12/19/2014 the PC and console versions are finally on the same patch. Going forward it is difficult to tell if they will become split so disparately as before but this does not change the core idea that it is better to wait for a sale for this game than to buy it at full price.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Good game.

It is getting better with updates.

Reasonable purchase a present price ($34.99) if you like golf games.

Would like to see an RPG mode in this game similar to Mario Tennis but more mature--would give the game some more 'character' and appeal to single-player.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
59.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
This game is loads of fun! And that's the point isn't it?

The Multiplayer works good and the graphics, mechanics, and game play are smooth and enjoyable.

I'd recommend an Xbox controller, the mouse controls are not a comparison to a good game controller.

I wish there was a user's manual, but I couldn't find one. Their web site has tutorial videos that communicate very nicely how the game works and covers the many different aspects of game play. If you enjoy a good golf simulator, this is a worthy purchase.
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