What happened to the decent golf games?

I must confess to neither being a fan of watching or playing golf. Putt putt is about the furthest I’ve gotten and I admit to enjoying it quite a bit. However, I quite enjoying playing golf on the computer. Back in the day I was quite a fan of Links and then Microsoft Golf – yet another example of games Microsoft kicked to the curb. Taking up the mantle was Tiger Woods, but due to his penchant for not keeping his club in the bag, that game has been shelved as well. So where does that leave us? Why has golf fallen so out of favor?

I recently dug into the archives of the iPad and fired up the game "Let’s Golf" by Gameloft – one of their better titles in my opinion. Yes, the game is a bit "arcade" by the graphics are still quite nice, the swing meter is easy to use and it’s very enjoyable to pick a course and go for a quick 9 or even a full 18 holes.

But when you turn to the desktop arena, the selections seems to be in hiding. About the only game I can find is The Golf Club and the reviews are far too mixed to say it’s a solid contender. So what happened to the casual golf game? What is an armchair player to do these days? I suppose I could dig through my stash to see if I can find my last copies of golf and do what I can to get it to play, but why aren’t companies making new versions? Egad, you can’t get away from a new season of Madden of NHL, but to the devil if you want to play golf.

This seems like an untapped market these days. Of course if someone were to come out with a decent game, I’m sure they’d charge $59 and no one in their right mind is going to pay that. They would have to bring something impressive and keep the price under $20. Talking about my ass I know. But I can dare to dream can’t I?

I guess I will have to be content with Let’s Golf and Let’s Golf 2 for the iPad. To hell with that miserable excuse of a game Let’s Golf 3. There is something to be said for the close cut grass of the greens, the beauty of the fairway, the sound of the distant birds and the bright skies that still make golf a fun game to play.

Speaking of, does anyone remember the Microsoft published golf game that features zombie and other monsters on the course? I can’t remember the name and I can’t seem to find it in a search. It was actually an amusing game – for what it was. I wonder if I have that stashed somewhere.

There’s more golf tournaments than you can shake a stick at, but you can’t play it on your computer.

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