Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. This game is more than your average links simulation—it’s a lifestyle.
  2. The presentation is second to none, the gameplay is addictive without being overbearing, and Sid Meier's signature "I-can't wait-to-see-what-happens-next" magic is here in full force. [Apr 2002, p.97]
  3. This release is nothing if not ridiculously and deliciously addictive. [Mar 2002, p.86]
  4. SimGolf does manage to provide a game that is especially simple to play and continues to be fun long after you've managed to turn a profit.
  5. An all-round fantastic experience. It's got enough building to keep god-sim fans happy, enough interaction to keep Sims-fanatics interested, and enough detail for even the management freaks to have a damn good time.
  6. While not revolutionary as other "Sim" games it does a great job of what it is supposed to do...a fun experience.
  7. Its open- ended nature lets you mold the game into whatever you want it to be.
  8. It streamlines the sport of golf so that you don't have to deal with any of it except the good stuff: hitting the ball and sinking shots. SimGolf's building and design elements are easy to use and surprisingly open-ended.
  9. A wonderfully realized civilization-style management game, full of the joy of the game, with entreating graphics.
  10. It has the magical ability to make hours melt away in gaming bliss without the player even really noticing the passage of time.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Nov 1, 2014
    One of Sid Meier`s best games, which is high praise indeed. Probably one of the best golf games ever made as well, and one you can enjoy evenOne of Sid Meier`s best games, which is high praise indeed. Probably one of the best golf games ever made as well, and one you can enjoy even if you hate golf. Designing your own course from scratch, managing the club`s economy, developing your avatar`s golf skills in practice rounds and even full competitions and managing the level of enjoyment of your guests and members is very addictive. Amazingly it takes ages for it to even start to become repetitive.
    I think my favorite part of the game though is the ranking system the game uses for your holes. Far from letting you build holes willy nilly, TGA requirements mean you have to build varied holes, both in length, par levels, bends and topography while also making them attractive. Make too many similar holes and your customers will get bored and quit; make too many easy holes and they will get bored and quit; make too many hard holes and they will become frustrated and quit. You also have employees weeding your greens and fairways, selling soda and food as well as service buildings of various kinds. Even celebrity homes!
    Depending on all these factors and quite a few more besides, holes come in many different categories. To make a perfect course you need at least some of everything to build a challenging course of the required length and to keep happy customers. It is quite a challenge in a game which is incredibly simple to learn and have fun with. This is how computer games are supposed to be made!

    Try it immediately if you haven`t already.
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  2. Jan 9, 2012
    A classic. Awesome. The best golf tycoon game, tons of fun. If you ever played golf in real life will like even more.
  3. MarianaJ.
    Jul 1, 2008
    Very addictive game.