Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 89
    Our favorite golf game to date. It blows the doors off anything else with its control mechanics and takes Links down with its amazing presentation and superbly crafted 3D engine and courses.
  2. Lacks the true simulation aspects of PC titles, but at least the series now plays, sounds, looks and controls as close to perfection as humanly possible.
  3. The gameplay issues really stunt an otherwise solid game. The complaints are really nitpicking, but if I had to pick a golf game to sit down and play, it would still be "Hot Shots Golf 3."
  4. 90
    Delivers the best console golf action this side of "PGA Tour Golf" for the Genesis.
  5. Commentary is witty in places and embarrassing in others.
  6. A great mix of fun and realism and it brings a lot of energy to the conservative game of golf.
  7. Whether you choose to take part in a tournament against the world’s best or just opt for a single match where you try and improve your score, PGA Tour 2003 is a golfing treat.
  8. A near-flawless game of golf that somehow manages to appeal to every breed of golfer.
  9. Players will spend most of their time in the new Play Now mode. Here, you're given 50 scenarios where you are immediately thrown into the heart of competition. [Dec 2002, p.90]
  10. 90
    It gives serious golf fans a deep sim while offering casual fans an approachable, gorgeous game with tons of play modes.
  11. The learning curve is still cruelly steep...I still say, though, that it is the best golf game on the market. [Dec 2002, p.174]
  12. The level of detail is astounding with nary a hint of slowdown.

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