Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. 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.
  2. While not revolutionary as other "Sim" games it does a great job of what it is supposed to do...a fun experience.
  3. Its open- ended nature lets you mold the game into whatever you want it to be.
  4. 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.
  5. A wonderfully realized civilization-style management game, full of the joy of the game, with entreating graphics.
  6. It has the magical ability to make hours melt away in gaming bliss without the player even really noticing the passage of time.
  7. 85
    It's a damn addictive game that will have you calling in sick to work and taking your meals at your computer.
  8. SimGolf was surprisingly good, however, and before I knew it, hours had passed and I was sitting on top of a small 9-hole course, screaming at my pro to sink a 5-foot putt.
  9. A good example of how a game can be fun if done right no matter what the subject matter is.
  10. Another problem is the forced retirement at year 2050. Who came up with this hair-brained idea? I work my butt off, building 3 courses in my career, and then at the year 2050 I am FORCED to retire? Seems rather shortsighted to me. Luckily a beta patch removes this forced retirement restriction, but it should never have been there to begin with.
  11. 80
    Incredibly addictive. You're constantly thinking of new ways to design a hole, new tricks to throw at the golfers, and new adjustments to increase the sims' enjoyment and challenge.
  12. This game is more than your average links simulation—it’s a lifestyle.
  13. 90
    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.
  14. Almost infinitely replayable. The fact that its gameplay fits snugly into the difficult to achieve "simple-but-deep" category practically qualifies SimGolf as a barbiturate along the lines of "Tetris."
  15. 80
    Addictive, brilliant, and fun. It has an intuitive interface, charmingly simplistic graphics, and the relaxing yet relentless pacing that always denotes a Sid Meier game.
  16. 80
    This game is so simple and easy to play that you’ll have a great golf course up and running in no time. In fact, crafting holes is the easy part; making them challenging and entertaining is where the difficulty arises.
  17. It's a virtual, and literal, bummer. SimGolf is a fantastic game, by far Meier's most playful project to date, marred by all-too typical PC game glitches.
  18. A fun, inviting sim game that manages to do away with the hob-snobbery that usually surrounds golf. It's cleverly designed and is a good choice for strategic simulation fans.
  19. A great sim. Players can create and manage easily and it has enough slapstick comedy to keep you entertained.
  20. Game Informer
    This release is nothing if not ridiculously and deliciously addictive. [Mar 2002, p.86]
  21. An interesting and very playable game...not as much as Civilization or the The Sims, but good nonetheless.
  22. The game plays incredibly well and allows beginners as well as pros to enjoy the game effortlessly.
  23. It delivers the gameplay in a unique way and it is so addictive that the box should have a warning.
  24. PC Gamer
    I never grew bored or frustrated with SimGolf, but I didn't lose countless hours of my life to it the way I did to "The Sims" or "RollerCoaster Tycoon." [Mar 2002, p.62]
  25. Computer Gaming World
    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]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  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.