"Highly Realistic" Golf Game Being Used to Design Real-World Golf Courses

The Golf Club developer HB Studios is partnering with Greg Norman Golf Course Design to model and visualize real-world golf courses before construction starts.

HB Studios is working on a golf simulator called The Golf Club with a deep and complex course editor. You can change almost everything about each hole, from its elevation to the wildlife that wanders around it. It has so many features and is so customizable, in fact, that a real-world golf course design firm has just partnered with the developer to model actual golf courses in the game before construction starts.

Greg Norman Golf Course Design is using the game to "demonstrate [its] design concepts to [its] clients," the developer explains. HB Studios goes on to describe how the editor provides a quick, accessible way to make design changes on the fly.

In addition, the design group will provide suggestions for improvements and changes to the game. As development continues, Greg Norman and his company will help HB Studios even further expand the game's editor.

The Golf Club is due out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One some time this summer, but it is already available on Steam Early Access. If you don't want to build courses, the game features procedurally generated courses for you to play through.

Are you interested by a course editor deep enough to be used for real-world modeling? Let us know in the comments!

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justerthought
justerthought

I have been very interested in the Gold Club since its announcement due to the powerful course editor, but one thing I have noticed is that the flexibility of generating courses on the fly has a negative effect. The LOD system that controls the tree rendering is extremely crude and ugly. Trees tend to look all the same and cause repetitive patterns. As you pan around and move forward, trees alarmingly pop between the various tree complexities making them look broken and extremely ugly.

One of the main selling points of a golf game is the ability to play the game in beautiful surroundings. If this game is going to use the course editor as a unique selling point, they have to get the game looking pretty at the organic level or it will fail to sell.

deadpen
deadpen

If it is so realistic does it come with a jar of old man farts you can whiff on while playing?

mr_england
mr_england

If you just listen to the video without watching it, it sounds exactly like me playing golf in real life.

skipper847
skipper847

The Balls uses the cloud so it must be played online.


Looks good though and hope there running commentary like the PGA golf games.

acovjo
acovjo

cant wait for this, although part of me wants to hold out for the next pga game this looks like it would more enjoyable in the long run.... so maybe i;ll give it a shot. haven't wanted to play any golf game since tiger '09 i think it was. LOOKS GREAT!

blackothh
blackothh

Its good to see a game dev and its real world counterpart being able to work together and be able to help improve the other.


I like putting on golf on tv as background noise sometimes on the weekend. The courses look so nice and green in HD =D

sakaixx
sakaixx

I want a fun golf game like pangya, that game have an addicting online play.

sdevmanny
sdevmanny

Wow, so many people upset about golf video games. They've been around since the Atari 2600, and I'm fairly certain they aren't going anywhere soon.


I'm looking forward to this! Get to make your own courses, challenge your friends to set the best score, I've been wanting that since the first PGA tour game I ever played on Sega Genesis.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

This golf game will be best played on a PC and EA's game will shine on consoles since it's an arcade golf game.

siftbiade741
siftbiade741

lel golf game, cant wait, so much hype. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

sopichan
sopichan

Another fcking golf game?!?!?! gah please stop wasting time and resources on golf games!!! you people need to go play some REAL games!!!!

cbxero
cbxero

This looks incredible. It might be enough for me to consider a PS4.

simsumre
simsumre

I'll never understand golf. You walk around all day in the sun hitting a ball into a hole. Okay? Must be something those rich people do to feel good about themselves. Kinda like Kings of ye olde times would go hunting. Whatever.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Why go to so much effort to work out the shape of a patch of grass? Surely it isn't that hard to do if you know even the slightest bit about how golf and physics works.

svennkarlsson
svennkarlsson

Those swing animations don't look 60fps, 1080p to me.

hitomo
hitomo

golf is not a Sport ... its a waste of area and space

DrKill09
DrKill09

Only play golf games once in a great while, but this looks pretty cool!  Like the Far Cry Instincts style course editor.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

I've been playing the Early Access version and damn, that course editor is so great, you can remake real world courses fairly easily and very authentically, shame it will be a while before it's done, but it sure is looking good, as a simulator it beats the pants off of the arcade like Tiger Woods.

console_war_vet
console_war_vet

Cool. I'm looking forward to another golf game to play on my Xbox. Powerstar Golf is long in the tooth.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

Goes to show how silly EA's golf title is going to be, complete with warplanes and battleships

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

I'm not really into Golf games, but I do like the ability to create my own course.  I will need to wait to know more about this game but so far it's looking good.

jeremyc99999
jeremyc99999

@sdevmanny I still play PGA Tour Golf 2 on a Genesis emulator to this day. Best challenging yet rewarding golf game I've ever played.

blackace
blackace

@sopichan Golf fans do go and play golf, but they like to play video game golf as well. Nothing wrong with that.

jellyman68
jellyman68

@simsumre Sounds like you associate it with a particular type of person and choose not to understand it. It's a game like any other game.

ratchet200
ratchet200

@simsumre  It's a very technical game. Judging how far, hard and where to hit the ball can be quite tricky. Then you actually have to execute the perfect swing so you don't end up in a bunker or in the rough. Then there's putting said ball into a small hole which that alone could be a game by itself (in fact it pretty much is with mini/put put golf)


I guess it's a sport that certain people like maybe for that challenge. But after working on a golf course for nearly 5 years I still can't fathom as to how people enjoy it lol.

cbxero
cbxero

Not sure what 'rich' has to do with it, but as you said, you clearly don't have a clue.

cbxero
cbxero

Golf course architecture is very complex. It's easy when you can do it with the click of a button, but in real life it's very difficult.

simsumre
simsumre

@Dannystaples14 It's hard trying to figure out where to put the hole... kinda the opposite of the problem I usually have.

sephsplace
sephsplace

@svennkarlsson thats because it was a video, buy the game in early access if you want to see it for realsies

skipper847
skipper847

@hitomo  Just think how many lego set of tower blocked could house people on a golf course.


henzlee
henzlee

@hitomo Yea, because several hundred acres of greenery is a "waste of space." Your ignorance is astounding. 

cbxero
cbxero

You're a waste of area and space.

rjh_24
rjh_24

@hitomo you being trapped in your house playing video games is a waste

pongley
pongley

@mkeezay22 Do you know if there are plans to allow courses to be imported from external sources? It'd be awesome to import the Presidium and knock some balls around.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@homey_d_clown  Trust me it is, the course creator is amazing too, you can even put a single rock where you want.

ztype85
ztype85

@rollandsmoke Thanks, we were all highly anticipating what your opinion on the sport was

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@pongley @mkeezay22  Yes you will be able to download created courses from other sources, the state the game is in right now is very playable and quite bug free for an early access game, the only problem I have with it is the long loading times.

woodyfr
woodyfr

@rjh_24 @rollandsmoke He/She loves typing on a keyboard. 

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@rollandsmoke @ztype85  Nobody asked you to state your opinion on his opinion of your original opinion, anyone want to keep this going?

BTW I would make your username, rollitlightitsmokeit, after all you can't smoke an unlight joint.