"Highly realistic" golf game with no loading times comes to Steam Early Access, arriving for Xbox One/PS4 soon

The Golf Club soon available for $30 through Valve's testing platform; Xbox One and PlayStation 4 release scheduled for later this spring.

[UPDATE] The Golf Club will be available through Steam Early Access at this link starting at 9 a.m. PDT/12 noon EDT.

The original story is below.

"Highly realistic" golf game The Golf Club, from Canadian developer HB Studios, will soon be available through Steam Early Access on PC, it was announced today. When it goes live, which should be any moment now, you can get the game for $30, discounted from $35 for one week only.

The Golf Club is still on track to be released for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 "soon," but those platforms do not support in-development games like Steam does. HB Studios, which has worked on numerous sports titles across the Tiger Woods, Madden, and FIFA franchises, says that The Golf Club will "redefine the genre" across console and PC.

The game is designed to support 1-4 players for local "couch multiplayer," but it also includes an asynchronous online multiplayer mode where you can compete against "live balls" or "ghost balls" from other players. The Early Access version of The Golf Club includes three modes: stroke play, match play, and 4-balls.

One of the biggest selling points for The Golf Club is that it, unlike EA's Tiger Woods series, has "no loading times" between holes. The Golf Club also features a Course Creator tool, where you can build and share courses with your friends, as well as a social features that allow you to track your scores against your friends and compete for the lowest rounds.

Unlike EA's professional golf series, which will not be called Tiger Woods when it is revived for Xbox One and PS4, The Golf Club does not feature actual PGA Tour professionals or courses. For its part, EA's next-gen golf game also looks absolutely stunning. Golf fans are in for a treat.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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lilreider
lilreider

If you visit the games website the developer has put up tons of videos regarding the course creating tool. It's a cool idea but all the actual gameplay I've seen so far looks very iffy. What's the point in spending time making your dream course if it's not fun to play? Without any new clubs to unlock or leveling up to get better this game will have zero replay value and probably tank... Now don't get me wrong, I would love for this to do well because without an EA golf game this year it's nice to see someone step up and make a golf game. I just hope it's more than meets the eye at this point.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

Reminds me of the PC version of Tiger Woods 2008. That was pretty damn realistic, using the mouse to swing the club. The last good golf game i played.

Evdne971
Evdne971

Why not realistic shooter?

mbounce88
mbounce88

Everyone has the same swing..Thats not realistic at all... Looks like in the follow through they are grampa shotting it.. Other then that looks nice and all, but PGA will have real courses, players, and obviously a higher budget.. We will see

running_snake
running_snake

Would love to have a solid release date for PS4...very excited to play this game, especially the course creator!

JiminycricketX
JiminycricketX

""Highly realistic" golf game with no loading times"

Truly, this is the next generation of gaming.

nparks
nparks

The Golf Club is like other golf games, minus all the superpowers, outlandish environments, and colorful characters.  In other words, they've removed all the interesting parts until the only thing that remains is golf, the most boring sport ever invented.

vadagar1
vadagar1

well i guess thats "realistic" visuals for the consoles  ;/


pffff

megakick
megakick

It's still golf though? Maybe a HIGHLY REALISTIC fishing game with no loading time is next...

nbf4548
nbf4548

Sick of 13 year old's sniping you in the face in Battlefield4?  Play a relaxing round of golf!  

Namgis
Namgis

No load times is a good start. Course creator would get my money though.

Maverick6585
Maverick6585

Golf and Sim games, both the most boring of their fields, now brought together.

Oni
Oni

There's only so much enthusiasm I can have for the game of golf. This does look okay visually. 

TheKeef
TheKeef

Reminds of Links386 and 486. I can hear the PC speaker blurting terrible fake bird sounds now.

stuff238
stuff238

Hot Shots Golf is STILL the most realistic golf simulation. It has the most realistic gameplay. The shooting mechanics make perfect sense, wind direction affects the ball, the physics are perfect, putting is awesome.

The only thing HSG has is cartoony graphics, but otherwise it is the best sim. Screw the tiger woods games. Those games were horrible. 

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

That's a very impressive screen shot, but truthfully I'd rather have a new Hot Shots Golf than get worked up trying to play a simulation well.

grenadehh
grenadehh

Highly realistic. So does it have the option to hack angrily at the sand and grass and break your golf clubs and such when you remember golf is a stupid, ridiculous exercise in self-hatred for most people who actually golf?

LiquidGold
LiquidGold

Can't wait for this, It reminds me a lot of Lynx golf on xbox back in the day which to me was 10x better than tiger woods. Local co op is cool as I'll play this with a few friends in my games room, with a drink and smoke ;) We like to play 5 different games before hand and who ever wins each games gets a mulligan lol.

Quarkzquarkz
Quarkzquarkz

I'm sorry but they copied Golfstar (putting mechanics)  =(

loops73
loops73

Yet another golf game without proper multiplayer. I don't want to play against ghost balls, I want to play against real people, in real time over the internet. Designers are just getting lazy.

cjtopspin
cjtopspin

So every golfer has the same swing?  With a dip at the bottom of the down stroke?  The female model has the better swing of the two...better looking and smooth.

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

Finally a good golf game again..... seems like a lifetime ago since Links golf was around!

bottaboomstick
bottaboomstick

I'm interested


i don't care for hot shot golf type sports games

mr_nee
mr_nee

this is a unity engine game, right?

kay2kid
kay2kid

I'm still having great fun with the latest Everybody's Golf/Hot Shots Golf. Realistic is boring.

Phrase_Universe
Phrase_Universe

Every player has to use the analog stick. But it's been tweaked and is more difficult than Tiger Woods. Also, there are no stat attributes, so everyone is on the same playing level. The game is more skill based and the difficulty comes from the course itself. 

Sw1tched
Sw1tched

Ball physics look bunk as hell, like usual in sports games. Their more focused on getting pretty visuals than rendering the sport realistically with the only thing that matters, realistic ball physics. That applies to Basketball, Football, Hockey and tennis games

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Eddie, can you point us to who you quoted to say the words "highly realistic" in reference to this game? Or is this like a cop-out quote? Because this wouldn't be the first time you exaggerate.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@Evdne971  ARMA and once you learn how to use the Ai, its amazing, challenging, tough and hard as nails. But hugely rewarding if you dont lose a single man. make your own missions to make it even more realistic.

bud1316
bud1316

@mbounce88  the pause before the downswing is cringe worthy...no one who plays golf has that much of a hitch/pause in their swing

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@mbounce88  yes because higher budget means better games? Couldn't be further from the truth. It SHOULD make for better games, but it often doesnt.

peterhorner1867
peterhorner1867

Thanks for your interest. U have clearly never watched cricket

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@megakick  Highly realistic fly watching game. Matter of fact, a game being a fly would be pretty damn fun. Having to navigate fly sprays, get away from fly swats and puke on people.

TheKeef
TheKeef

@stuff238

have to disagree the putting is stupid easy, and then out of nowhere the physics go wonky to up the difficulty, in the late game.

major_retard
major_retard

@grenadehh  No, there's a hot beer cart girl who comes around and gets you loaded while you take Happy Gilmore swings at the ball.

bud1316
bud1316

@cjtopspin  Finally someone else sees it...the pause before the down swing makes me cringe everytime i see it