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  • Summary: The Golf Club is HB Studios' next generation golf simulation. 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 playedThe Golf Club is HB Studios' next generation golf simulation. 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. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Aug 26, 2014
    80
    The course designer adds a huge amount of depth to the game as you will never run out of new courses to play.
  2. There’s no denying The Golf Club needs some sort of proper career or long-term competition to help retain players’ interest...But if there’s ever a sequel – and I hope there is – then perhaps HB Studios can add this one last missing piece of the puzzle to what has turned out to be an excellent golf simulation.
  3. Sep 1, 2014
    77
    Game play trumps presentation here. Excellent swing mechanics make the actual act of playing golf in The Golf Club quite enjoyable and the social and online features are abundant and fun. These things outweigh the technical hiccups.
  4. Aug 24, 2014
    65
    The Golf Club brings to the table some interesting features, like social interaction and the advanced course editor. Unluckily it fails in providing a good shot planning and swing mechanics, coupled with unpolished visuals and the lack of a more thought-out game structure.
  5. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Oct 11, 2014
    60
    Real golfers will love the challenge, and the course design feature is a trump card. However, it won't give the average user much of a buzz. [Issue#116, p.83]
  6. Aug 26, 2014
    60
    As it stands it is expensive, and can sometimes feel like a tech demo fleshed out with menus.
  7. Sep 3, 2014
    50
    The Golf Club is a little bit simple in terms of graphics and gameplay, but its procedural golf courses editor makes it interesting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 28
  2. Negative: 14 out of 28
  1. Aug 23, 2014
    10
    If your expecting Tiger Woods, then this game won't be for you, and thats probably a good thing. This game is more realistic, very simple,If your expecting Tiger Woods, then this game won't be for you, and thats probably a good thing. This game is more realistic, very simple, and definitely more geared toward golf fans. If you think you will pick up this game and be great at it from the start think again. Even despite some framerate issues, and lack of a sense of accomplishment with perks, equipment boosts, and other things this game is still pretty awesome. Once they iron out all the quirks in the game come update time this game will be great. Also, there are many courses to play from users and the game itself. I advise any golf fan or even TW fans to get this but warning it can be difficult at times. Expand
  2. Feb 23, 2015
    9
    This game is great! It's just like real golf. Driving and irons are a little too easy, but the short game is a challenge. I'm glad it doesThis game is great! It's just like real golf. Driving and irons are a little too easy, but the short game is a challenge. I'm glad it does not try to simulate real pros and waste time with "drama". You just make shots for a half hour. Also golf is simple enough not to involve too many buttons at once. Expand
  3. Aug 20, 2014
    9
    This game IS NOT Tiger Woods. with that out of the way, you have to know what you are buying. think SimGolf meets Minecraft with a simpleThis game IS NOT Tiger Woods. with that out of the way, you have to know what you are buying. think SimGolf meets Minecraft with a simple approach to the mechanics of golf.

    The Course Creator(10/10): it is why a majority of buyers will jump on board. you can spend as little or as much time as you can imagine on any given hole. always wanted to tweak TPC Sawgrass' 17 island green? you can recreate it and modify it until your heart is content. tired of everyone hitting the fairways with ease, narrow them down, put 50 bunkers, put a stream down the middle, put trees jutting out into the fairway. if you can imagine a hole design, then you can create it. what is great is that as you are building a hole, you can quickly play the hole and then jump right back into the editor, helps when testing out yardages and the likes. you can even quickly play from a specific spot on your hole so you don't have to tee off on the hole, just place your ball at point X and play from there.

    Gameplay(9/10)now the game play is smooth and basic. no swing meters, no landing circle telling you that your driver will land in this specific area or that applying X amount of loft will make the ball trajectory clear the tree line. you have a camera fly-over that gives you the general area you are aiming towards and you have an overhead map that provides yardages on the hole you are on. putting is probably the most true to feel of all the aspects of gameplay. you can read the green and generally decide your aim, then its about providing a smooth clean putt. there is no putt meter or "putt preview". my missed putts usually felt wrong the moment I made contact... rather than "oh man I only hit it 68% instead of 80%"

    the graphics(6/10): they are not great, they are early last-gen. things look pretty from a distance and as a whole but when you are playing a round you will see the flaws. this game was never about being the best looking golf game out there.

    replayability(10/10): this is the key, you don't have licensed anything much less courses so you have to understand that you will be playing user created courses. that being said, by launch there were already thousands of courses created. you can search by top rated, style, difficulty, courses friends have played, courses friends have created, etc. so you could play a different course everyday and never repeat. it also helps that the course publishing is cross-platform so you can share courses with PS4 and PC players, I imagine the PC players will create the best courses over time. unfortunately scores do not cross platforms.

    so understand that you are not buying a game competing with EA Golf(Tiger Woods), you are buying a game that brings you a robust course creator and a solid golf simulator with last gen graphics.

    for $34.99, this game is a 9/10 but you have to know what you are buying. if you just want to jump in and play 20 courses with a real golfer and real clubs and outmuscle every designed hazard, skip this. if you want to create your own golf course where par is actually par, or play other peoples creations that are growing by the thousands across 3 platforms daily then pick this up.
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  4. Feb 28, 2017
    4
    Great idea, but poor appearance and approach hinder the devs from executing what they set out. I love the idea of a sim game or even just anGreat idea, but poor appearance and approach hinder the devs from executing what they set out. I love the idea of a sim game or even just an EA competitor. However, lack of tutorials limits the audience right out of the gate, even if they are long time EA customers. The game needs to look better and approach a casual audience to engage more people socially, from there they can experience the depth the game has to offer. Unfortunately the game has to much depth to pick up and have fun. I dont see it competing with EA until maybe a third installment, even if people dont mind bug/choppy graphics. Expand
  5. Aug 23, 2014
    1
    I could easy have given this better score, but the small things ruins to much. Like you will get the Message "Connection lost" regurlarly.I could easy have given this better score, but the small things ruins to much. Like you will get the Message "Connection lost" regurlarly. Every time I go to the submenus Connection is lost and I have to wait and hope it Connects itself or I have to go back to menu and Connect.
    My saved round didnt start me where I left off. The leaderboardsystem is no good. The Graphics are horrid. The Interface/menu is no good. The putting I kinda enjoyed untill I tried fast greens. The ball has some kind of perpetuual motion and With only 0,00001mph speed the ball rolls 50 feet. Its just strange to watch. Also putting uphill is strange. You have to hit way hardr than the rest of the game indicates.

    Good things is you get Message if friend starts a round and you can jump in. Onlinemode is good if they can buy a server or two.... Lots of good courses. Gameplay itself is also pretty good.
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  6. Oct 5, 2014
    1
    An absolute diabolical game graphics are like something from the original xbox. Gameplay is way too basic surprised they let this one get outAn absolute diabolical game graphics are like something from the original xbox. Gameplay is way too basic surprised they let this one get out there it's that bad Expand
  7. Aug 24, 2014
    0
    This is most possibly one of the worst golf sims I have ever played. I have played most golf games ranging from EA to Mario and this is theThis is most possibly one of the worst golf sims I have ever played. I have played most golf games ranging from EA to Mario and this is the least intuitive, least rewarding and most frustrating. Not saying that golf shouldn't be frustrating at times but this is non-stop! To add to this the graphics look more at home in an arcade than on a next gen console. Do not waste your money and hold out till a decent game studio has a crack at a game. Expand

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