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 (399 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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October 8

Update 1.0 Notes - 8 October 2014

*Scroll Clubs, Putter to Driver
*Add New Cameras
*Add ability to cycle cameras in real-time during shot set-up (Off-swing stick click on controller, 'V' on keyboard)
*Add option to remove reticule
*Ability to toggle off follow-cam. Can initiate in real-time by pressing 'A' (Xbox controller) or 'X' (PS Controller)
*Remove User Ratings from Official courses
*Separate the HB Official and Suggested courses to improve content discovery (to be implemented in server update soon)
*Remove Official Courses from the Public Course Lists to improve content discovery (to be implemented in server update soon)
*In-Game Pause Menu, Scorecard, Leaderboards should all show under/over along with total score - e.g. 48 (-5)
*Commentary additions and improvements
*Ability to play rivals in all rounds of Tours/Tournaments
*Only show "Bested" Messages if it is a score that beats the players record, as well as the users
*Ability to set backdrops to Low/Med/High for initial 5 themes in GNCD
*Add Pin-Height, relative to cursor, in real time in GNCD
*Tree lighting and culling fixes
*Added a 'Personal Rounds' filter to rivals screen, taking first ghost ball from the top of that list
*Added 'Suggested Opponents' to rivals filter
*10-20% overall performance improvement
*Wind tuning and gust support
*Improvements to speed in which you appear in the leaderboards
*Career screen improvements
*Mouse Swing Improvements – Remove Dead Zone
*New keyboard shortcuts for club selection (Number keys, including ~ and +, to quick select clubs)

***Note – the new theme and new GNCD objects coming with this update will be released on PC when the console updates are live***

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September 24

Ryder Cup Sale - 25% off until Oct. 1st!!

In honor of the 2014 Ryder Cup being held at Gleneagles Resort in Perthshire, Scotland this week, The Golf Club is having a sale!

For one week you can pick up The Golf Club, which includes the incredible Greg Norman Course Designer, for 25% off.

The Golf Club is a golf sim and course designer for those looking to capture the feeling of playing 18 holes on the weekend with their friends or for those wanting to try their hands at designing their very own golf courses.

Hit the links on one of our official courses or any one of thousands of courses designed by the community and play a round by yourself, against your live friends, or against their previous rounds' ghosts. Likewise, design your own course and share it with the word.

Whatever your fancy, pick up The Golf Club now during the Ryder Cup Sale!

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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
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
237.3 hrs on record
A very refreshing and different spin on the golf vidoe game genre. Bit of a graphics hog but Hb Studios is still hevily invested in the community and keeps tweaking, updating and optimizing this wonderful golf game. If you like the feel of a weekend golfer type game without all the commercialism and unrealistic buffs and boosts then this is your game. Plus it comes with a nice course creator for those that enjoy spending their time making player created content.
The swing mechanic is done very well (sorry no 3 click here) as it was heavily worked on and tested during Aplha, Beta and Early Release. It' probably the best thing I enjoy about the game. It requires some time investment to get used to it but that is what makes it great. You'll find plenty of rewarding moments when you pull of some fantastic putts and shots.
HB Studios has done some interesting and different takes on multiplayer and the social aspect of the game but that is what makes it refreshing and fun. You'll find some negative feedback but kudos to HB Studios for not trying to please everyone and sticking to their fundamental precepts about the game. If you do decide to buy take the time to read through the forums and give them some constructive feedback as to how they may improve the game. While you might not get what you wish for you will at least be heard and considered. I can't thank them enough as I and many others have been waiting for decades for a golfing game like this.

Thanks again HB Studios!
Posted: October 9
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
I've been playing PC golf games since Mean 18 back in 1986. This is a game I'd give a "meh" to more than just Yes or a No, but considering the lack of development the last few months I'm giving it the thumbs down.

It's a pretty mediocre representation of golf with issues that have been around since it launched in early access - inconsistent swing meters, very poor performance, dull voice overs, varying object qualities, iffy physics, overpowered wind and a few other problems. Anyone who claims this is a "simulator" doesn't understand the meaning of the word. You can tweak your shot, but the shot mechancis themselves are uninteresting and (unfortunately for multiplayer) extremely easy to "cheat" with. Edging with the mouseswing is a common problem online and in virtually every match you'll run into someone who is using it to hit every shot dead straight. There's no career or progressin mode, so anyone looking for that is out of luck.

That doesn't mean that it's totally horrid. If you're lucky enough that the game runs well for you, then you're less likely to run into the swing meter issues (they're often based on sudden frame rate drops). Get the right course at the right time of day and it can be quite attractive. The course designer isn't as powerful as some, but it's quite easy to use and the pregeneration of terrain is something that is a great idea. It's a Power to the People course designer and you'll see lots of them, some of them quite clever. As such, you'll never want another course again though many have been published that aren't worth a hoot.

The devs are hit and miss. Not bad folks, but they knew a lot of these problems existed and rushed the game out the door to match the console release (and it's quite obvious this is a console golf game first and foremost). So fixing obvious problems like the green grid not working or being able to retract your course from the public (if you accidentally published it) have gone lacking. The short game is another place in this that the game is abysmal - forget trying to hit half or three-quarter shots because the mechanics don't lend themselves to doing so.

Long story short, good effort, mediocre execution, questionable development...equals thumbs down (or at least buy only on sale). I can't recommend this at full price.
Posted: September 28
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Good graphics. Somewhat limited game options. Takes a lot of practice to get ball to go straight and also to take power off of it. Putting is fickle also. Editor kinsa cool have not done much with it.


Not great, but it might get there soon
Posted: September 29
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
The only golf game available on PC right now, so I have to recommend it...if you MUST have a golf game. I'll start with the con's, as they could/should have been taken care of long ago before an official release.

Con's:
1) Runs like crap on my GTX 780. No excuses here. I have to run it on medium/low settings to get anything close to 60ish fps, and even that is a stretch. Graphics settings in game are extremely limited, and quite odd (tree settings?). Simply put, it just doesn't look well-developed...leading to #2.
2) Looks like a bad port and reminds me a whole lot of COD: Ghosts in it's lack of ability run smoothly at any graphic setting. Definitely does NOT looks like a well-polished game.
3) No career builder game mode.
4) No real life courses.
5) Commentator gets repetitive and is a bit bland.

Pro's:

1) Decent gameplay. I complain a lot about graphic optimizations, but I've still kept coming back for a few rounds.
2) Course builder, if you're into that kinda thing. But I feel like they focused on that since they don't have real-world courses.
3) Swing mechanics are good, with Xbox controller. Haven't tried mouse/keyboard, but I hear it's abysmal.
4) Ambient sound is peacefull.

Conclusion:
I can recommend this game mainly if it's on sale and you are jonesing for a golf game on PC. I think I'd still choose Tiger Woods on PC, if it was available, over this, given the choice. And that's saying something...
Some game updates that fix graphics would be appreciated, but I can see the writing on the wall here. On sale right after release doesn't bode well for this developer.
Posted: September 29
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
This has the potential to be a great game. If they ever fix the swing mechanism. It is just too flakey at the moment. I am stuck with the game. I hope they change the controls in the future. Just had a 612Mb patch. Didn't seem to change anything. Aren't these guys listening. Great game ruined by a silly swing method. It is just too frustrating. Fingers crossed. Back to playing Tiger Woods 2008.
Posted: September 30
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
52.0 hrs on record
Great to see a viable return to the golf simulation game. Good number of people putting together some great courses. I'd like to see that continue. Game play is very good, pretty open. Control is not easy, especially with a mouse. I believe they are trying to give the game more of a feel to a swing that the ol' hit the mouse button once, then again, then again. So to that it is better. You've got some pretty good control over shot lineup and stance. Graphics are good. I even like the rather candid caddie comments, bit like a simi-pro trainer might be. Others might think it gets old, but I can't play 12 hours a day, so it's good for me to break it up a bit. Do think putting on the green a bit loony. I miss a put past the hole because the green slopes right-to-left. So when I get on the other side of the hole looking back for the next putt, why is the green now leaning something other than left-to-right? Oh well. Still, I'm happy with anything that's not arcade-like.
Posted: October 3
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 12
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
374.5 hrs on record
This game is not optimized. And according to the devs, who only released the information about the path ahead was after launch, then telling people it would be at least a YEAR before it would be done. Been with it from the beginning, logged around 380 hrs , mostly beta. The forum moderator is a Ban / poser, clearing away any bad news fast and disagreements and the slightest arguement against the game not being optimised after launch and my disagreement in the company saying it would be before launch , resulted in being banned from the forums. The company released this game too early, promising alot in beta, suckering people in. I was told by the moderator things would be resolved before launch, a few months since release, to which i was told i was " harping on about it" .
While the game it self is a copy of Tiger woods on line, it does alot worse playing from the mouse user point of view. The people at Hb went straight for the console market, and havent really been honest to the mouse users. The slightest hair either side of being wrong in your swing at thats its for that hole. So u 'd think they add some form of playing handing cap for the lesser skilled in drawing a straight line , but no options for say, novice swing etc. Nope ,

The graphics are ok, if u have the very latest in cards, other wise nope your wasting your time in making the game look even half way decent, coz the UNITY engine they choose is terrible. and even then the company addmitted why after release that they set the bench mark to high, resulting in people cooking the tower units, fans going 100 mph. While the moderators response is turning down sliders, that only hammper the visuals, and not your fans going 100mph.

Theres prob one good thing about it i must admit , and thats the course creator, though the interface , is ropey at best. With the right imagination u can create a beautiful course. But once u release the course , its then lost in a sea of generated courses to which the menu system is basic and lack luster, trying to make your way through the near 30.000 course is a total pain, .With no book marker system in place , your forced to either remember the name, to add to favourites or troll through the mostly generated courses. The course description is super vague too. Your encouraged by the moderator of this comapny , to use a off site course bumping scheme , where people more or less bump each other courses so it will be noticed , maybe even taken onboard by the company itself. To which u recieve nothing , except in bumping there own courses and locked in tourneys. Of which the modertor is friends with. The company dropped the ball on this and are quite happily letting people go off site for things they couldnt be bothered to do them selves.


It has no option to play with anyone else other than watching there ghost balls, and even then the information is wrong, u might see your friends ball go in the rough, but magically there 5 foot from the pin, u cannot spectate anyone playing live.
Theres no lobby, No drop shots if things go wrong, your placed at there disgression, at times in the place a long way away from where your ball went astray.
U cannot set up your club bag at all, again there disgression. Theres nothing much either for your avatar, very limited stuff in terms of looks. There no career mode, and the infomation about your chracthers stats are soo convoluted , u cannot make sense of there system, The highest stats i have seen are around 110.00, meaning they must be doing around 25- under every round, and on every course, my stats where around 95.00, and i got around 11 to 12- under per round. Not matter what the course i played , does not really come in to affect to affect yours scores. There is systematic cheating in this game on every level, from hackers, to edgers, to people altering there controllers to take out the axis swing, so perfect everytime, and HB do very little to remove these people from scores boards,

The wind in the game suffers from being tame to crazy. The wind its self is such a unregular pattern it makes it more or less unplayable, as u cannot really get any sense of how to play in it. The options for trying to crontrol the ball , i.e adding loft , generating spin etc is really vague and not very well done.

I would not have bought the game knowing that they'd renege on there promises, stretching truths and pushing back deadlines. Even for the most basic of things to be in game at launch, but yet again i have burnt my self hoping that the what is now regular pattern of early access games turn the back on the very people that help get it up and running , in terms of customers , esp for the pc market, Once they had the consoles, the attitude on pc terms changed for the worse.
Posted: October 23
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
145.4 hrs on record
Not Recommended...I play Mouse and Keyboard and after the last update..not much works...UnPlayable..I posted Feedback on the Forums and got ...Hammered ...by negative feedback to my Input...I play video games ...especially golf...to relax...this game as is...is very frustrating..I uninstalled it...hopefully someday maybe it will improve...but I doubt it based on the attitudes I have seen
Posted: October 18
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
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......
Posted: October 24
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
works for me. needed a golf game, very much enjoying this one, it will see alota play.
Posted: September 27
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Still needs a lot of work. NOT OPTIMIZED for PC. Never had trouble running new high end pc games. This one I have to lower all the settings to make it work and then it still doesn't swing smoothly - unplayable. BIG WASTE OF $$$ Older golf games better. Hope they optimize or hope I can get my money back.
Posted: September 28
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Decent game but needs attention before I would recommend it.
The backswing and down swing are way to slow and can really throw your swing (mouse movements) off because of this, also is very hard to have control over how much power is put into each shot.
Not being able to move your shot aimer when zoomed down the hole is annoying and not being able to move your shot aimer with your mouse is quite annoying also. Putting can be really difficult when using a mouse.
The course editor could use some more basic functions of moving holes and tee's.
Posted: October 3
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
19.8 hrs on record
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.

Posted: October 6
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
By far the worst golf game I have ever played
Posted: October 8
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
If you enjoy golf and want a true simulation of the experience, get this game for sure. It is highly addictive.
Posted: September 27
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
41.0 hrs on record
Very good game that is visually stunning in places, the rival/ghost system is quite good and there is a lot of course selection available both official and user created. Thec course creator is in depth and sure to be a masssive draw for those with that nature. I enjoy this game when sick of the battlefield and want to relax. Worth a purchase.
Posted: October 21
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
36.4 hrs on record
I love the game of golf and I find my self experiencing the same raw emotions playing this game as I do on the real golf course. For example when I sink a long put I'm up out of my chair fist pumping just like I would on the golf course after a same type of shot. Then on the flip side I'm cussing up a storm when I miss hit or mess up a put. It's why I keep coming back for more.

I can pick up a quick game and stop in the middle of a round if need be and the game saves where I'm on the course automatically. The graphics are great and works well on my laptop for easy portability for golf on the go. I have played the game since early access and the dev team continues to listen to the players and continue to update the game.

I cant say enough about the replay ability of this game due to the Course Designer and the multiple courses out there already.

Huge thumbs up!
Posted: October 23
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
it doesn't work! i have a new powerful computer that plays all games easily. very frustrated!!
Posted: September 26
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
I hadn't played a golf game in a while, and once you've played one tiger woods you've played them all, so I thought I'd give this a go.

The reviews were solid, but this game is dreadful. The graphics are like something from 10 years ago, controlling the swing is a joke, and putting is complete blind luck.

It's quite a nice idea - build a huge amount of courses and allow people to play online - but the reality is a bunch of samey, characterless courses which feel nothing like the real thing.

And you have to use a controller. You can use the mouse, but it's the worst control I've ever experienced ever in a computer game.

3/10
Posted: September 30
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