Features of The Golf Club
The Golf Club is HB Studios’ next generation golf simulation. Stunning visual presentation and outstanding gameplay are to be expected but what really takes The Golf Club into the next generation is the procedural generation of courses and depth of social interaction. The Greg Norman Course Designer can generate a brand new course in seconds which can be shared and played immediately online with friends and other gamers across PlayStation 4, XBox One and PC. 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 and you truly have a golf club worth joining.
Intuitive Control System
We’ve created and fine tuned a swing mechanic that is more about feel and fluidity above the users’ accuracy of hitting a marker on a power bar. Whilst anyone will be able to pick the controller up and play comfortably, the best players on the global leaderboards will be those with the best feel for the different golf shots and who are able to take into account ball lie, weather and terrain conditions.
No loading times between holes means you are straight back on the Tee after sinking your putt on the previous green. Also, minimal loading times into a new course make for a refreshing change to your typical console game.
No more getting bored of the courses given to you by the developer. With four clicks you can generate a unique course never seen before that’s ready to play within any one of the Themes included – Autumn, Rural, Alpine, Desert and Links. Boreal was added with Feature Update 1 and Countryside is being added with Feature Update 2.
With four clicks of a button from the main menu the game will generate for you a never been played before course. The variation is infinite!
If you don’t like the course that’s been generated, one click and you can generate a new one.
If you want to tailor the courses a little more there are high-level options available to you. Examples of these are the number of holes, par distribution, fairway width, number of bunkers, green size, green slope and rough coverage.
Edit and Create your own Courses
If you have a particular course in mind, want to use your creative skills to create something from scratch or edit something the generator has created for you the game also has an in-depth editor. The Greg Norman Course Designer gives you the ability to create from scratch or mould anything on the course. You can alter the terrain, move tees, move greens, move holes, delete holes, add holes, bunkers, rivers, ponds, trees, foliage, buildings, animals and other objects.
During editing you can play the ball from any spot to review holes and make changes as you see fit. The minimal loading times make this practical and enjoyable.
Large Selection of Pre-Designed Courses
Courses for all skill levels and utilizing the best of HB’s creative talents shipped with the game and are regularly added to. They can be played individually but will also make up the tournament itinerary for the pre-designed Tours that also come with the game.
Up to four players can play locally. Differentiate yourselves with different character models and clothing and choose between stroke play, match play or fourball. With Feature Update 2 stableford will join the options offered. Stableford rules were added with Feature Update 2.
Play online against your friends and rivals. Hundreds of players can be on a course at any time and you can either play your round at your own speed against their Live balls or play turn-based against up to three others.
Online Sharing And Play
Play others creations – work your way through the huge database of user created courses, each rated by other users to help make the decision easy to make.
Share your courses with the World – when you’re happy with your creations you can publish them for the rest of the world to play.
Play against others live or from the past – each round you play on every course is saved Online. Choose from Friends Rounds, Record Rounds or Rivals Rounds (others players close to your ability) to compete against. Their ghost balls and scores will be visible throughout your round giving you the feeling of competition without losing the instantaneous game play. Ghost and live balls can be hidden if so desired either selectively or en masse.
Watch others play the courses you’re on live – through our ball trace system you can see other users from around the world on the course that you are playing live, even if they’re on different holes.
Tours and Tournaments
These can be Time Constrained or Indefinite. You can choose a start and end date with just one entry per player or, if your tournament or tour is indefinite, you can allow players to enter as many times as they want to try and get to the top of the leaderboard.
The Handicap System
[Added with Feature Update 2]
Establish and maintain your handicap, which represents your ability level and will enable you to compete on a par with any other player in the game. Play on qualified courses to improve your handicap, enter tournaments and tours that have handicap entry requirements and compete against any player of any skill level using Ghost balls, Live balls or turn-based multiplayer.
Social Feeds and Messages
You will be kept up to date with the world of The Golf Club through a fully interactive social ticker bar and an in-game message feed
To create a truly competitive world the messages will tell you:
- Friends achievements and creations
- Friends currently playing
- When your records on courses are broken
- Invites from friends to play
- Major achievements from all players within The Golf Club
With one press of a button you can interact with these messages. Immediately join your friends on a round or regain your record by jumping to the course and / or hole where the record was broken. All rounds are constantly saved so you can return to your previous game whenever you want to and play from where you left it.