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 (31 reviews) - 67% of the 31 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (818 reviews) - 63% of the 818 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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BulletSponge
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Decided I spend too much time shooting stuff on games.
Bought Golf Club to relieve stress and enjoy virtual nature.
Played several rounds, shot 11 on a par 4,
got as mad as I get during real, actual golf
downloaded Doom to shoot something

11/10 would authentic golf rage again
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JADsHome
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
I have been eyeing this title up for a while and it has been on my wish list for a while. I don't really do golf but its always been one of those games that when I have it I like to casually dip in and play a few holes and come back to it when I want. So when it came up in the sale I've bitten the bullet - and really glad I did.

The game looks fantastic and plays really well. And it even has bunnies grazing at the sides of the fairway which is a nice little scenic touch that made me chuckle - something to aim at if you feel really maniacal !

The graphics look real - gives me the feeling I am out in the world enjoying the fresh air. My only complaint is the huge gap under the grass at the edges of most of the bunkers - but it isn't bad enough to completely take you out of the experience - just would keep the realism if the grass went down to the sand. Talking of grass - its not hard to tell what is fairway, what is light rough, what is deep rough and where the jungle begins. Again like the rest of the graphics it keeps the reality experience. The ambient sounds are great too - not intrusive but not invisible - just right to keep the atmosphere. The sounds as you tee off are real enough for me. The commentator may be a Marmite thing though - he'll either get on your nerves or make you smile with his sarcasm and cynicism - hopefully if I ever acheive the holy grail of golf - the hole in one - he'll find some praise in his pocket - but personally I like it. Character animation looks right - smooth and nothing that jumps out to me as being wrong or out of place - no jerky moves. You can fully customise your outfit so you can have a conservative outfit or the stereotypical Mom dressed you in the dark golf outfit.

There are a number of comments on the reviews here about the mechanics of hitting the ball. From someone who hasn't played golf on the PC since Tiger Woods 2000, this game comes as a bit of a shock - but a pleasent shock - as in you have to work it out for youself. You won't get (well not that I have found yet - nor do I want to !) any strength guide - just a rough aim reticule - its all down to getting your pull right to get the club back - then pushing to get the right swing and power - thats where this game appears to be a little tricky - getting the power where you need it isn't always as clear cut as you may want. From my experience so far it is simply down to muscle memory - you'll get used to where 100% swing needs to be - so working it out to less is a mix of artform and luck.

Not yet played with the course designer - but being a fan of game DiY editors I will give it a go in the future. It looks powerful enough for what I may want to build.

So - to the point... am I glad I brought this game - YES definately. It looks and sounds great.
Would I have paid full price if it wasn't in the sale ? YES having played it now - but not before.

Overall out of 10 : I'll give it a 9. The missing 1 is simply for the apparent lack of swing power gauging thingy stuff.

Hope this review either helps or at least makes you smile.
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kellifowler
( 11.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
A fun game if you ask me. Simple, really fun to play with mouse I havent done anything but work on my hadycap but its a good time so far.
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Will Swyfte
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Don`t let the price tempt you as it did me, 12mins and I refunded it. Gfx are pretty much like the screenshots but the control system....Thats where it all goes down hill. Shots are so hit and miss it seems to be nothing more than a very pretty arcade golf game, Not what I was looking for.
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ddross
( 17.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
This is a great golf game and after being on WGT for 5 years its refreshing not to have to buy new balls and equipment every month and this is more realistic in graphic.s
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lei07
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I am a golf casual, I do not watch, play or follow the sport, but the games have always interested me. Coming from the era of Sensible Golf on the Amiga 1200, and the PGA Tour series on the Mega Drive, it has been a rather long time since playing a golf sim, unless if you count GTA V, of course.

I tired Perfect Golf some weeks ago, before the rebranding, and I had to refund that in about half hour. It was clunky, terrible detailing, and poor selection of courses. I picked this up in the sale today, and it is just miles better.

Visually and mechanically better, with hundreds of official and fan made courses availible at a few clicks, offers much more variety straight off the... club (not bat, obviously).

The progression system here seems to make more sense, and I can see that online play would be super fun with like minded friends. And controller support, which suits me more for a game like this.

There may be a slightly tongue in cheek humour to this sim for those that, shall we say, need to adapt to how to swing effectively, but you can always mute the snarky commentator. For a Unity title it is pretty smart, and looks nice enough on the default/lower settings (GTX 970), but would need a Titan or the new GTX 1080 to really push the detailing and keep it above 60fps.

For a non-branded golf sim this is pretty sweet, and one of the better choices on Steam.
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quintjawsman
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I barely reccomend, because this game is OK for being on $ale, but could be made far better.
This is the best Golf game I have tried, but is by far NOT the pretiest, and would need a Cray Supercomputer to run full settings and look pretty like the videos used here depict to hock it. Don't trust me, look at the discussion boards or Google it. Most complaints and developer answers are 2014-2015, so I have zero hope of any further graphical or FPS tweaks, period.
That said:
I do like the game. The graphics are semi-pretty for Unity's decade old look and less than smooth feel.
The physics are excellent, but unlike has been said by developers I don't believe the engine uses more than one single core at all. This game bogs down if any setting is too high or if too much activity is onscreen. Which is very often.
SUMMARY:
If you have an extremely powerful PC, and a much newer video card than you may be able to get 30-40fps on medium settings. Don't belive me, then look it up or roll the dice like I did. And I have a NICE PC & Win 10.
A great buy for $5 to $7 - only, no more
I would very much eat my words and reccommend highly should the devs ever address the poor framerates and lack of video tweaking. But since nothing has been improved in ages, wish that in one hand and spit in the other and see which gets filled quicker...☺
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Spyral
( 87.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Fantastic golf game. Minimal learning curve, excellent community making fantastic courses (fictional and real life) and running events. Can't believe it took me two years to find this game!
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jkite51
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I had been looking for a good PC golf simulation but they seem to have gone the way of the Macarena. I thought the graphics were more than decent but then again I started with Mean 18 on the Atari ST in 1985.

The interface is easy to learn and getting through the first two rounds was enough to get the basic play down. Driving is easy. Putting is not. The game was immersive enough to consume an entire afternoon at first sitting which leaves me to explain why nothing got done when so much needed doing....

The only issue that I've had has been that the game occaisionally froze but this may be a function of my GPU driver. I had not read that this was a common issue. The good news was that the game saved itself and could be continued.

The Golf Club was what I was looking for and it exceeded my expectations particularly given the $10 price point which included added content. There are many features that I have not looked at. There are different courses to play and the game can be played at different skill levels.I found that Total Golf was a fine way to return to the realm of digital golf.

6/26/16 The issue that I had with the game freezing can be solved by presing ALT+Enter at the same time as the game loads. This will take the game out of Windows mode and solve the driver problem.

After playing another couple of rounds, I really don't understand the mixed reviews.
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Shotgun
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
have been waiting to get this on recomendation by my son it is a crisp no nonsense golf game it plays really well no silly ideas
it has a course designer that i havent used yet because i just want to play one more round putting will possibly anoy you at first but it works and youll get the hang of it
some times ive saved a good shot its not played the same shot ?? well thats just a little thing at the moment

this is in sale i recomend buying it its a good chill out game 9/10 get in the hole !
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
A decent not overly serious golf game that is worth it during a sale.

Graphics clearly looks like Unity engine graphics (not very crispy graphics) and there is a lot of pop in shadows, but overall it all looks decent and immersive enough.

Playing golf in this game is easy to get the hang of, after a couple rounds of golf you start to get the feel of the controls and you'll be hitting birdies soon enough. (Xbox controls do not work @ my end, K/M is fine).

In the game you have a caddy that talks to you and he gives you advise and he will motivate you (you can turn it off). The caddy sounds a bit like the random headset guy on the internet, but it is still fun and kinda funny to hear him.

There is also a nice golf course designer that I need to explore a bit further to give my opinion on, but it looks good.

I do encounter one issue during gameplay. When I start a round of golf the game often goes into windowed mode without being able to get out of it (need to restart). On the forum more people have reported this isssue and from what I've read the devs have no idea what is causing it. They do mention having an active anti-virus scanner can be the cause... so yeah. (Edit: Alt+Enter fixes it, but can cause fps issues)


Overall though, I already had a couple of hours fun with it and probably will sink in an other dozen or more hours into the game. Good buy during a sale thus.

Edit: There is also a season mode... but I noticed it is a payed dlc. I personally find it a tat lame to ask money for a what should be 'core mode' in the game (but I bought it anway @75% off)..

70/100
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Pretty good golf mechanics. Putting takes a bit of getting used to but feels real good when you get the hand of it.

There are more courses than you'll ever be able to play and there are always more being created. You can even search local courses and you might be able to play a course you've played in real life.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This game is great if you like golf and enjoyed the PGA Tour games. The only gripe i have with this game is that the putting can be pretty inconsitant on how much power you need on your stick.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Have played this on PS4 for the last 18months solid. I haven't played this on PC yet due to lacking a half decent PC to play it but have bought it in anticipation of such a day.

Simply put the game is excellent and there is a constant flow of excellent courses from a buzzing community. Go visit www.tgctours.com and you'll see why no decent career mode is irrelivant. Simply an amazing online experience where you can have a proper virtual career with lots of friendly folk of all levels of skill. The course designer is brilliant and allows for an immense amount of creativity. The designer has come on incredibly since launch, some designs are simply spectacular.

Get it now! Oh and watch this space, I expect a sequel to be announced soon
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I barely reccomend, because this game is OK for being on $ale, but could be made far better.
This is the best Golf game I have tried, but is by far NOT the pretiest, and would need a Cray Supercomputer to run full settings and look pretty like the videos used here depict to hock it. Don't trust me, look at the discussion boards or Google it. Most complaints and developer answers are 2014-2015, so I have zero hope of any further graphical or FPS tweaks, period.
That said:
I do like the game. The graphics are semi-pretty for Unity's decade old look and less than smooth feel.
The physics are excellent, but unlike has been said by developers I don't believe the engine uses more than one single core at all. This game bogs down if any setting is too high or if too much activity is onscreen. Which is very often.
SUMMARY:
If you have an extremely powerful PC, and a much newer video card than you may be able to get 30-40fps on medium settings. Don't belive me, then look it up or roll the dice like I did. And I have a NICE PC & Win 10.
A great buy for $5 to $7 - only, no more
I would very much eat my words and reccommend highly should the devs ever address the poor framerates and lack of video tweaking. But since nothing has been improved in ages, wish that in one hand and spit in the other and see which gets filled quicker...☺
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
I wasted 40 bucks on getting suckered into getting the tournament DLC. Don't fall for the same trick. Take that 40 bucks, and go out on a cheap blind date. It probably won't turn out worse than this game. Another option to have more fun would be to buy 40 bucks worth of golf balls, and run them over with a lawn mower.

I really do hate taking my time to write negative reviews, but in this case, the other negative reviews are correct. I dislike golf in real life, but I have enjoyed video gaming ones in the past. I would rather watch golf on television instead of suffering through the mindless boredom and technical issues presented on this way over priced incarnation.

I was hoping for maybe a playable golf games like the old and good Links games of the past. Whoopsie...

First, the controls stink. For some odd reason, its easier to putt with a gamepad than it is with a mouse. on the reverse, driving and fairway hitting is easier with the mouse than with the gamepad. Driving is still inaccurate with the mouse, even if you use a straight edge to find out what you are doing wrong.

There is now way to tell what you are doing wrong, either. You won't find any descriptions on how things work in the game. There are no visual cues to tell you either, besides a diagram on the right. No matter what I try, i always hook to the right unless I screw up, then the ball goes left.

I am guessing this has to do with the graphics system because its bad. The games doesn't look very good, and trying to turn up the graphics in hopes to see something nice turns the game into a slide show. Don't let the screenshots fool you. They must be taken at perfect times, or simply photo-shopped.

What I find completely inexcusable is that if you have an invidia card, chances are you have to download the beta patch to run the game in 32 bit mode. I can probably guess this is part of the reason the game runs like garbage.

There are no AI golfers to play against or any sense of what made these games fun in the first place. There is no progression or interesting gaming type stuff. There are very few golfers to pick from, and they all look poor and boring. There is no way to overswing on driving for that risky crush of a hit. Ya, you can't do that in real life, but it made drving fun in other games. The only response you will get from the developer on this subject is the claim about about being a sim. This game is a failing of both aspects of being a game, and a simulation.

The commentary makes me feel like calling an emergency hotline, as though I am about to lose my mind, and am in need of serious help. I suppose there might be some option to turn it off, but I do not intend to waste any more time playing anyways.

I better stop before I decide to beat myself over the head with a 9 iron.

P.S.

I hope the developer chokes on my 40 bucks.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I am a golf casual, I do not watch, play or follow the sport, but the games have always interested me. Coming from the era of Sensible Golf on the Amiga 1200, and the PGA Tour series on the Mega Drive, it has been a rather long time since playing a golf sim, unless if you count GTA V, of course.

I tired Perfect Golf some weeks ago, before the rebranding, and I had to refund that in about half hour. It was clunky, terrible detailing, and poor selection of courses. I picked this up in the sale today, and it is just miles better.

Visually and mechanically better, with hundreds of official and fan made courses availible at a few clicks, offers much more variety straight off the... club (not bat, obviously).

The progression system here seems to make more sense, and I can see that online play would be super fun with like minded friends. And controller support, which suits me more for a game like this.

There may be a slightly tongue in cheek humour to this sim for those that, shall we say, need to adapt to how to swing effectively, but you can always mute the snarky commentator. For a Unity title it is pretty smart, and looks nice enough on the default/lower settings (GTX 970), but would need a Titan or the new GTX 1080 to really push the detailing and keep it above 60fps.

For a non-branded golf sim this is pretty sweet, and one of the better choices on Steam.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
This is a great golf game and after being on WGT for 5 years its refreshing not to have to buy new balls and equipment every month and this is more realistic in graphic.s
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I have been eyeing this title up for a while and it has been on my wish list for a while. I don't really do golf but its always been one of those games that when I have it I like to casually dip in and play a few holes and come back to it when I want. So when it came up in the sale I've bitten the bullet - and really glad I did.

The game looks fantastic and plays really well. And it even has bunnies grazing at the sides of the fairway which is a nice little scenic touch that made me chuckle - something to aim at if you feel really maniacal !

The graphics look real - gives me the feeling I am out in the world enjoying the fresh air. My only complaint is the huge gap under the grass at the edges of most of the bunkers - but it isn't bad enough to completely take you out of the experience - just would keep the realism if the grass went down to the sand. Talking of grass - its not hard to tell what is fairway, what is light rough, what is deep rough and where the jungle begins. Again like the rest of the graphics it keeps the reality experience. The ambient sounds are great too - not intrusive but not invisible - just right to keep the atmosphere. The sounds as you tee off are real enough for me. The commentator may be a Marmite thing though - he'll either get on your nerves or make you smile with his sarcasm and cynicism - hopefully if I ever acheive the holy grail of golf - the hole in one - he'll find some praise in his pocket - but personally I like it. Character animation looks right - smooth and nothing that jumps out to me as being wrong or out of place - no jerky moves. You can fully customise your outfit so you can have a conservative outfit or the stereotypical Mom dressed you in the dark golf outfit.

There are a number of comments on the reviews here about the mechanics of hitting the ball. From someone who hasn't played golf on the PC since Tiger Woods 2000, this game comes as a bit of a shock - but a pleasent shock - as in you have to work it out for youself. You won't get (well not that I have found yet - nor do I want to !) any strength guide - just a rough aim reticule - its all down to getting your pull right to get the club back - then pushing to get the right swing and power - thats where this game appears to be a little tricky - getting the power where you need it isn't always as clear cut as you may want. From my experience so far it is simply down to muscle memory - you'll get used to where 100% swing needs to be - so working it out to less is a mix of artform and luck.

Not yet played with the course designer - but being a fan of game DiY editors I will give it a go in the future. It looks powerful enough for what I may want to build.

So - to the point... am I glad I brought this game - YES definately. It looks and sounds great.
Would I have paid full price if it wasn't in the sale ? YES having played it now - but not before.

Overall out of 10 : I'll give it a 9. The missing 1 is simply for the apparent lack of swing power gauging thingy stuff.

Hope this review either helps or at least makes you smile.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Decided I spend too much time shooting stuff on games.
Bought Golf Club to relieve stress and enjoy virtual nature.
Played several rounds, shot 11 on a par 4,
got as mad as I get during real, actual golf
downloaded Doom to shoot something

11/10 would authentic golf rage again
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