Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf is a next generation, indie developed, single player and multiplayer golf game. Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf provides a truly immersive experience centered on stunning visuals and hyper-realistic game play. Don't just play golf - play PerfectGolf!
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Release Date: May 3, 2016

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October 17

CourseForge used to win the 2016 Golf Digest design award

Many congratulations to Brian Silvernail, the winner of this years Golf Digest's 'armchair architect' award!

Brian used CourseForge to help him design and visualise his entry to the contest and was kind enough to grant us an interview which is available in the game forum. Meanwhile here is the link to his winning entry which will actually get built in 2017.


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October 13

New Clothing Released (Free)

Today we released several new shirts, pants, shoes, gloves and hats. We have released these as all included with the game at no additional cost so everyone should now be able to access them in the Player->Clothing section.

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“"Perfect Golf lives up to its name and is the best golf game I’ve ever played despite being in such an early stage of development."”
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About This Game

Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf is a next generation golf game from Perfect Parallel Studios an independent game developer and published by Perfect.Golf Inc.

High resolution visuals, highly accurate ball flight physics developed using state of the art launch monitors, Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf is the best simulation of golf released to date.

Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf

Acclaimed golf course designer Jack Nicklaus—perhaps best known for his record 18 professional major championship victories in addition to his global portfolio of award-winning courses and host venues for the game’s most significant events - has teamed with Perfect Golf to bring you an all new Golf Game. Expect many of the great golf courses designed by Nicklaus to be released for Perfect Golf in the coming months as well as many designs that never made it to the real world

Game Play Modes

The default game comes with well over 20 different game play modes including StrokePlay, MatchPlay and Skins scoring methods and supports, many team based modes of play including Foursomes and Greensomes (Alternate Shot), Better ball and Scramble

In addition an online MOP editor will be made available post release to allow users to create their own modes of play and share them with the community


The game has an integrated multiplayer lobby with matchmaking and course checking to give you a seamless experience in finding online players to play against. Visit the lobby and join in the chat and find a game to play, or set up a private game for you and your friends using a password protected online game

Highly Accurate and Detailed Courses / Course Forge

The game comes with over 12 courses inclduing a driving range and a dedicated practice facility. All our official courses are fully georeferenced to the real world so the sun will rise and set in the correct place at the correct time for the day of the year.

Nicklaus Design Course Forge is our Golf Course design software and is used in house by Nicklaus Design for all their golf course designs. You will get to use the same tools that one of the most award winning designers of all time uses. While it will not available at release, pending the conclusion of negotiations with vegetation content developers it will be released very soon. Already there are many user course creations that have been created by the community for the community. Community developed content can be played in Perfect Golf so long as you keep your game updated to the latest version.

Advanced API for Tournament and Swing Integration

We have built an API for external tournament sites to be able to fully integrate into the game for online real time scoring and tracking. Tournaments set up on remote sites will show up inside the tournament lobby giving players a wide range of different tournaments to enter every week from public to private to official Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf Tournaments. In addition we also have an API to allow anyone to develop a hardware integration to Perfect Golf. Already people in the community are using these API to work on WII integration and other items. We have several official integrations with Launch Monitor companies and Simulator Systems Integrations are also in development.

Full Controller Support

The game comes with support for almost all controllers. We have not left Controllers as an afterthought, almost everything you can do with a mouse in the game you can do with the controller from moving your ball on the tee to aiming, dropping and moving between main and overhead cameras all without the need to have a pointer on the screen.

Multiple Camera Angles

We provide the player with many choices for Cameras. From the player camera, to the spectator camera to the follow camera there are many ways to watch the game unfold. In addition we have several different replay cameras to choose from after the shot has finished fully integrated into the multiplayer online experience.

Highly customisable Options

Whether you want to change the contrast, brightness or saturation of the golf courses, add a little vignetting, set up your sun rays and lens flares, add a sky scattering effect change the weather, change how far back the camera follows the ball etc pretty much everything is configurable inside the game.

Multiple Difficulty Levels and Swing Types

Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf offers 5 difficulty levels and unlimited assist customisation to allow anyone to set the game up to play as easy or as difficult as they like. Do you like par to be a challenge or do you want to have a shot at birdie on every hole. Whatever your style Perfect Golf has a setting that will work for you.

We also have many different swing types from two swing meters to motion swing with the mouse to real time integrated swing with the controller or mouse. There are several simulation options too.

True Time Of Day

Configure the time of day you want to play and watch the lighting change as the day progresses. Not only that but everything is accurate to real life as the sun will move at the correct angle and rotation for the course being played assuming the course has been properly georeferenced in Course Forge.

Customisable Green Speeds and Course Conditions

Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf offers totally customisable green speeds based on official STIMP measurements from 8 to 14. In addition there are three firmness settings that can be used to set up a different challenge each time you play.

The Free Camera

At any time engage the free camera and go for a wander around the golf course. While you are waiting for your opponent to hit you could be lining up your putt or taking a look down the hole at the green or simply moving to an aerial view of the course to watch your opponent hit. Our innovative free camera lets you take control of the way you want to watch the round unfold.

Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf has been designed from the outset to be a community driven game with regular content and feature releases based on player feedback. We have spent a long time in early access trying to get the game to be the best golf game on the market. We have incorporated many community suggestions during this process.

While Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf is still a work in progress we will continue to develop, update and imporve the game over time.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 core duo E8400 @ 3.00 Ghz. 3.00 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX9 compatible video card with 512MB video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • Additional Notes: Windows XP requires Unicode to display in menu arrows. Also at minimum spec settings low graphics quality setting must be used in main menu
    • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10
    • Processor: Quad Core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 770
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • Additional Notes: DirectX 11 Compatible
    • OS: Maverick
    • OS: Yosemite
    • OS: Ubuntu
    • OS: Ubuntu
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
I personally like this game. As a world golf tour player before this game I like the immersion of this game. With http://onlinegolftour.net/course-reviews.html A player has access to over 50 more courses and this number will only get bigger now that the course forge is coming.

A bit of a resource hog, but not unmanageable. I run 4k at 60fps.

This game is only going to get better.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
187.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Excellent golf game. Play with my GC2 Launch monitor and very realistic playing. Game is constantly being updated with great communication from developers on their forum. Recently released the course forge so number of courses is about to explode. Multiplayer options are definitely a massive bonus. Would love to see some crowds and commentary added in the future to add to the fun factor!
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
202.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
By far the #1 golf sim on the market !!!!
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7 of 22 people (32%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
I've played with this game for a little bit. Having played most every golf game out there it didn't take me long to come to the conclusion that this is a mediocre game at best. Graphics are fine. Scenery and Courses are...well, fine too. But game controls and ball physics are ancient. Way below par. Lacking info on club length, aiming is hard, to coarse. So you are gambling most of the time.

Not sure if there are better golf games for mac, but this one I would steer away from if you are familiar with, say, the EA tiger woods franchise which is, even arcadish in nature, much better and smoother executed than this.
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108 of 133 people (81%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,232.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2015
The entire Bug Reporting section of the Perfect Parallel forums, is not even available to the public. A user must register in order to view the Bug Reporting section of the Perfect Parallel forums. Here, try to find it, otherwise: http://www.perfectparallel.com/forum/26-perfect-golf-bug-reporting/

Instead of taking bug reports seriously, the developers have religiously deleted legitimate forum posts, and fabricated TOS violations out of whole cloth... in an obvious attempt to muzzle legitimate criticisms.

When a developer starts deleting on-topic forum posts, devoid of any rules violations, whatsoever... than, they have reached a new low.

The developer has now fully retaliated against these criticisms... by issuing a permanent forum ban; as of December, 19, 2015.

Only, that's not the good part. The good part; is that, the developer actually dredged up a forum post from May, 2015... as a pretext for a permanent forum ban, that has now been issued over 6 months later!

So, basically... Necroban. Here's the screenshot to prove the surreptitious hilarity. If you'll notice, there isn't even anything listed under the all important, "Ban Reason." http://s19.postimg.org/3tdzlgav7/2015_12_19_pg_forum_ban.png

The fact that, a game developer, would actually peruse back over 6 months into a user's post history, as a pretext, to ban them from the forums - and still not be able to come up with a legitimate reason - is both sad, and pathetic... on so many levels. (The ban has since been revoked)

Forget about the game. One would reasonably expect more professional behavior from the developers.

Nevertheless, here are the rest of the issues with this game:

While there are multiple control methods; the controls – particularly when attempting to navigate through the menus and the settings - are both clunky and frustrating.

There exists no tutorial, despite the entire piece of software being anything but user-friendly.

While there does exist an official Practice Facility, the player is not able to move around, nor follow any shot within said facility; nor can the player putt in the practice facility.

The sound is somewhat intermittent, with the impact of golf shots oftentimes being completely missed.

The graphics are not entirely terrible, if one is able to use their own imagination... with several obvious gaffes, relating to blending, or the lack thereof; as well as, poor water reflections, and nonexistent edge refraction.

For example, the outline of the rough - that separates different types of rough - often bulges, and causes shots hit there to bump squarely up against the outline of the rough, as if the golf ball were coming in contact with a street curb, as opposed to - thick grass.

Another example; is that the cart paths hover above the ground. The developer has stated this is intended, as it is apparently a workaround to another issue. – Okay.

Another huge issue is the lack of smooth undulating surfaces, particularly on greens. There are jagged creases and geometric shapes with straight lines protruding from the ground; oftentimes causing the golf ball to veer off of its intended path, unnaturally.

The latest golfer avatar looks horrendous. The setup positions are largely incorrect, down to the backwards hand positioning. Also, the swing animation has a terrible hitch in it. – It's all just very amateurish in appearance.

There is no user customization, whatsoever. Each and every user is required to use the exact same character. The only variation being, some pewter-like shirt color adjustments.

The developers have repeatedly made unproven claims about the accuracy of their physics engine, as it relates to actual Tour Golf... despite the actual in-game physics being routinely over-corrected, with each subsequent new draft version of this game.

Hitting three-quarter shots makes the ball roll forward excessively, moreso than would be realistically attainable with any given club.

In this game; shorter, more-lofted clubs, will oftentimes actually incur more roll-out, than longer, less-lofted clubs... when struck in the same exact manner. Go figure that one out.

Or, shots struck with more power, right on the sweet spot, will oftentimes inexplicably lose distance... regardless of the trajectory of the shot.

Occasionally, the golf ball will actually penetrate underneath the surface of the turf, warp underground, and pop back up above the surface. This is completely inexplicable, and destroys all immersion.

There have been ongoing issues with ball markers; not showing up, nor being in their correct location.

There have been ongoing issues with Gimmes; freezing the game progression entirely... when hitting a par 3 tee shot that lands inside Gimme range.

The Concede Hole button oftentimes causes the wrong player or team to win the hole.

There have been ongoing issues with multiplayer connectivity failing.

There have been ongoing connection issues, which may cause undue stuttering while spectating shots.

There are ongoing issues with lag, and unexplained disconnections.

The Course Creator has yet to be released. However, some beta testers have managed to create courses. The issue is that the system is entirely disorganized, causing users to have to download each course from varying download services, and manually extract each file individually into the correct game directory.

There are also no Auto-Updates in place, which also can cause users to have different versions of courses. Yet, there are also false positives, that prevent users from joining games, when the two users in question actually do have the same course version.

The lobby itself, is setup rather haphazardly, with inaccurate and incomplete references to player locations.

The game is constantly being pirated, and the developers cannot seem to figure out how to kick multiples of obviously hijacked Steam accounts, from the lobby.

Chat boxes oftentimes fail, rendering in-game communication inoperable. Also, Multiplayer games are not automatically setup for Voice Chat. Players have to either setup Steam Voice Chat, on their own; or use utilize an outside Voice Chat service.

There is no Shot-Clock to dictate a fair pace of play, which is part of the official rules of golf. Since there is no Simultaneous play option in this software... the lack of a Shot-Clock becomes a big deal, as multiplayer stroke games tend to run quite long; or at least, much longer than they conceivably should.

It is not possible to convert a grouping to Custom difficulty settings. The difficulty settings chosen must fall under a default difficulty level. The alternative is to allow “Any” difficulty level to join the game; which creates obvious mismatches.

The putter head is not at any time squared up at address. Not only that, but the putting itself seems to impart far more break than would realistically occur on similar greens, in real life.

One of the most egregious issues, is the lack of Competitive Purpose, anywhere in the game. There is no Career Mode. There is no Official Tour. There are no Rated Multiplayer Games. There are no Win/Loss Records. There are no Experience Points. There aren't even any In-Game Statistics, nor any track-able Player Averages.

While anyone can play or join Multiplayer games with and against other users; there is presently nothing whatsoever to play for.

“Perfect Golf,” is like a less polished version of the Tiger Woods Golf series. A Poor Man's Tiger Woods Golf, if you will.

It originally showed some promise. But, as of yet, there are too many game-breaking bugs, ongoing... as well as, occasional physics anomalies, and the glaring lack of any Competitive Purpose, whatsoever; which would compel any fair-minded individual to - in its current state - give it a thumbs down.
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92 of 110 people (84%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
148.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Now that the game is fully released i can give a full review

Graphics - 6/10 by modern standards the graphics are quite poor, they chose to use directX 9 along with unity, The Graphics look ok at first but when you look closer you realise how basic they are. Water looks terrible, no 3d grass for light rough and rough, lighting is very basic and the performance is inconsistant from course to course. I have to turn settings down on an I7 4790k@4.6ghz and a amd Fury to maintain 60fps on some courses.

Gameplay - 7/10 RTS is broken, it is way too sensitive, move the mouse back 2 pixels and thats a full back swing at 800dpi* on a 1080p screen, only increasing the screen to 1440p and the mouse DPI down to 400 is the RTS some what controlable,this is using the lowest sensitivity setting in game....

Even then there is no feel and putting is a joke, with the ball rocketing off the face after the smallest slowest movement you can possibly do with a mouse, to top this the game gives zero feedback whilst on the course has to what you are doing right or wrong, the only way to get feedback is to go to the practice area (no putting green btw), and you will get feedback through a launch monitor, not that it will be any use to you as there is zero explination of what the numbers mean, so if you have never been on launch monitor in real life and had the number explained to you, you are screwed basically. This wasn't thought through at all and they listened to totally the wrong people when implementing this.

*Mice used Roccat Kone XTD and Corsair Vengence M65

However mouse swing using the meter isn't bad at all, although it will be very difficult for the beginner. so max assists is recommended..

Presention - 6/10 simple menus very easy to navigate....nothing to write home about

Value - 5/10 Thought long and hard about this, if the game was £14.99 i would say yes the game is good value for what you get, but they have released it at £26.99...and on top of that have release an extra course as day one DLC (if you have DLC ready for day one, it should be in the game at no extra cost) and are planning more micro transactions. So id say this game isn't good value, as of now there is no career or progression system, there is a planned course designer, but has yet to materialise (no idea what its going to be like)...there is online play, and solo rounds, for a golf enthusiast maybe just enough, but for a gamer looking for something to play, £26.99 is going to be poor value.

Overall 5/10 This game offers nothing for the causual/gamer player, the learning curve is very steep, with zero understandable feedback from the game ( A launch monitor is jibberish to the none enthusiast Golfer, even to some Serious golfers), The gameplay is kind of there, you just have to put is stupid amounts of hours to find it, and you will have to go on the forums to find out what the numbers on launch monitor mean....

I do like parts of this game, but i can not recommend it (not at £26.99), so its a thumbs down from me.

Edit... I was banned from the forums for critizing thier micro transactions implementation in this game, the game is on its way to pay to win, with being able to buy balls and clubs that change the way the game plays.....Avoid this game and do not support this GREEDY developer.

Edit... I just found out that this developer is going to make you pay for "major" updates to the game, disguising them as DLC....So this means if you want to keep your game upto date you are going to have to keep sheling out your hard earned cash to do so, and this is after they have the nerve to charge £26.99 for a half finished game.....

Edit... This is a quote from the Dev reguarding the future of the game"Once additional Feature driven DLC is available access to play user created content will be limited to those players who are on the new version." This means courses you create yourself you will not be able to play anymore once the DLC update is released unless you buy it....This is disgusting from the dev its not enough that you have already paid for the game, they just want to fleece you out of more money.....

Devs if you read this, its not the peoples who bought this games fault you underestemated how much this game would cost to develop and its not right to ask them to pay extra for updates, no matter how substantial the update is, The way good developers work is once you buy a licence for a game or piece of software it entitles you to updates for life, unless specifically stated...

This was not the case with this game, you waited until we had paid our money, and then unleased the news that we would have to pay money for "milestone" updates....Sorry but this is morally repugnant on your part, and you have shown that you are just going to milk this community for a long time to come...i really hope more people see through you.

Shame really because your game isn't bad, and if you had used directx11 from the start (oh one of things they want to charge for is porting the game to DX12) and polished the game a little more before releasing it, the game would have sold well and you wouldn't have had to resort to such shaddy practices.
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107 of 143 people (75%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Product received for free
I got this game for free as a birthday gift because I have been a fan of games like Mario Golf Toadstool Tour. It was a fantastic game in the pre-release and the core gameplay still stands. However, as soon as the end product was released the name "Perfect Golf" was changed to "Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf" and micro transactions were added. This seems to range from little things like shirts and pants for your character to golf courses. The prices for this adds up to $250 a year for a season pass?

This game was originally $19.99 before release and now stands at $34.99. I was thinking $20 was too much... this is abysmal. A game developer cannot simply add a $250 microtransactions to a game (PER YEAR?!?) and price the game as $34.99. This is unacceptable. Total cash grab. I cannot believe my eyes.

If this game were to get rid of it's microtransactions and put the price down to about $15 I would recommend it. However, as the current price stands, it is simply not worth the money.
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87 of 118 people (74%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Not a chance...

The game it self is quite good but it's more aimed to the "Arcade" fans but tries to pass it'self off as a game for the Sim golfers..

Then they have gone and released it and the 1st thing they do is to add DLC's..

So all the "licenced" courses will have to be paid for.. on top of the money you have paid for the game..

Money grabbing ♥♥♥♥ bags!!!!

PS.. You even have to BUY golf balls if you want better than bog standard.. and no. not in game cash.. $1 for the golf balls.. GTFO..

So the 1 course you get that has a license.. Over $4 / £3... For 1 course ????

No. No. No.

Do the whole gaming industry a huge favour.. Boycott this money grabbing game and buy "The Golf Club"

The Golf Club in general is a far far far better game and has the best non paid commontator around.. (I think it's one of the devs and he is SOOOOO sarcastic at time.. You get +3 and he'll say some funny comment, make you laugh and you move on to the next..

This is the poor mans version of The Golf Club.. so suck it up and go get that one instead.
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110 of 157 people (70%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Rediculous! You want me to pay 150 bucks for a season pass? WTF? There is absolutely no depth to this golf game. No real way to judge the apropriate striking power for a good shot and the controls overall are just "thick" and "clunky". So disappointed, there is not even a career mode and no skill tree to follow or upgrade your golfer. No options to obtain newer better clubs or clothing, no sponserships, no, no, no, no!!!!!!! NO!
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65 of 85 people (76%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
145.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
After trying the full release.

The game is more of a pre-pre-pre-pre release.
Most of the common features, expected are still missing.

In fact, there are no features or Characters.
Just one white guy with a change of clothes.

No multicultural characters to choose from?
No female charaters either duh?
No saving.
No comments from computer players.
No adding your picture.
No playing with Jack Nicklaus.
No carts or life on course.

There are literaly no features in this game.
It's like they never saw all the great full featured games like Links LS and TG in the past.
Just one white guy with a change of clothes.

We have been waiting more then six months for this release, and all they did was fix a few bugs and put an old time golf pro name on it.

This game is lame to say the least, it's not even demo worthy.
This is suposed to be the full release, it's just a barebone copy, of all the other games.
But without ANY features or reason to play it.
I have 2 friends that purchased this game, they can't be bothered to play it, it's an empty game.

So save your money boys, this was all hype, this game has NO value.
That's the way I see it anyway.
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2.6 hrs
Posted: October 25
just starting out horrible putting is crazy seems like they say here go play there is no help in the game it self
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26.4 hrs
Posted: September 26
Just purchased Jack Nicklaus and I don't know where all the bad reviews came from great scenry great game play just what I was looking for. Date 9/26/16
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42.0 hrs
Posted: September 24
To counter most negative reviews I'd argue that back in the day you had software houses that employed lots of people. Games Like Links (386 etc) and Microprose Golf were awesome because of it. Big software houses today don't care much for the thinking (hu)man but we do have here a playable golf game, and that is more than enough for a thumbs up.

The game lacks decent commentary, those funny quips you'd get in Links LS were great, and the multiplayer setup could be done better, jump-in preset rounds for example, that might encourage players to play, but all in all this is a good golf game.
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166.8 hrs
Posted: September 22
The game has a lot of potential but the lack of communication from the developers on the progress of the game is extremely frustrating. I enjoy the game alot and play when ever I can but it still needs alot of work and should have never been released out of beta. If and when the devs start communicating better about the progress of things I will gladly write a much better review .
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12.6 hrs
Posted: September 22
after playing WGT for a few years i thought i woul dtry this game ,as it was THE NEXT BIG THING in pc golf,how wrong i was.
it is BY FAR the worsed put together game of golf i have ever played,the game-play is lumpy comared to WGT,there is nothing smooth about this game at all,the controls are very primative,it says that max power is at 12.00,yeah right
that will bring you up about 70-100 yds short,putting is impossible even on beginer lvl,look at the green lay-out,move the pin ,to take out the slope.......and it goes where you hit it,very poor,little or no tuition for this game,
if the great man jack nicklaus has put his name on this game then he obviously has not seen it,
it is a complete waste of money
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8.3 hrs
Posted: September 18
How this game has been getting such negative rewiews I have no idea. You have the option of NOT buying the Season Pass, that is meant for folks w/ Simulators anyway, so that isn't even a legitimate complaint. This by far blows away The Golf Glub if multiplayer is what you're looking for. I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone looking for a good casual golf game that they are wanting to enjoy with friends.
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