Golf Games: Is there a good one? (Please Help)
Kermit Rickenberg
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I have a friend that loves to play golf. Him and another friend came up with their own homemade golf game that seems terribly unbalanced (AKA too much luck for a real game of golf which is skill based). There theme is interesting enough and they put a lot of work into their cards/board. I'd like to help them with their play mechanics, but I don't know golf well enough. Every golf game I found on this site seems to get poor ratings and exposure. If there are any good golf games out there, please, speak out. If not then how could one be good?

Also feel free to add any golf games you know of and why you hate or like them (No trivia games though). Let the search continue... Thanks. Game on!
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1. Board Game: Matchgolf [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
Nello Cozzolino
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i'll get the game next week.

Paul Evans comment from 2006 London toy fair report:
Every few years a golf board game pops up at the Toy Fair. This year we got Matchgolf. This is a nicely-produced board game that simulates a game of golf across a 9-hole course. As you’d expect, the board shows the course. Each hole is marked out by spaces showing the distance from tee to green – and beyond. Players choose the club they want to use for each shot and draw a card that says how far that shot has gone. There is a certain skill in judging the best club to use – though the range of each is shown on the board – and in avoiding the hazards. Players also start with a hand of cards and must use these up. Making the best use of these gives some further tactical options.

The bulk of the rules of the game are, of course, the rules of golf. Which means that the aim is to complete each ‘hole’ in as few ‘strokes’ as possible. There are lots of nice touches to the game: a medal for the winner, a cardboard golf buggy that holds the cards for the different clubs. Matchgolf is a pleasant family game, but doesn’t offer much of a challenge to hard core gamers. Designers Peter Penfold and Keith Harris have done an excellent job with the game
 
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2. Board Game: Pocket Pro Golf [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:7696]
Steve Sisk
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May I suggest a game that I designed for your consideration?

As one BGG'er pointed out, Pocket Pro Golf™ is unlike most other golf games in that you get to see the "narrative of the shot". Instead of using a chart to determine where you ball lands, you get to see the path of the ball and all it's twists, turns, and close scrapes with all the hazards of the course!

Pocket Pro Golf is a free print and play that requires only a deck of cards and a few bits you probably have laying around.

Each hole is created using a series of modular game cards. Hazards and features can be set up at random or arranged to resemble any hole from any golf course in the world.

Once the hole is assembled, players must choose the right club, aim carefully (taking wind into account) and hit the ball with the right swing tempo.

Can be played solitaire or with up to 4 players.
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3. Board Game: GolfProfi [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:5800]
Alan Kaiser
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Aurora
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I have heard a lot of good things about this golf game. I think it might be the most recent of the bunch and looks very interesting.
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4. Board Game: APBA Professional Golf [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:9289]
John Di Ponio
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I owned this game for many years and always liked it. The variety of courses and players was numerous and the game did account for roll...I think wind If I remember right, and different pin placements for each hole. The game is VERY easy to learn and luck is not really an issue like Ultimate Golf which I didn't care for too much.
The grid over the courses in APBA gave the game a x,y corrordinate feel....but it actually worked out well for play!
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5. Board Game: Box of Golf: A Classic Golf Board Game [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:5987]
Erik Arneson
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6. Board Game: Mulligan Dice Golf [Average Rating:6.05 Unranked]
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Fun, light, thematic game if you can get a foursome to play it over a few beers. The "Stymie" rule is perfect . . .
 
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7. Board Game: Thinking Man's Golf [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:7713]
Kermit Rickenberg
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I have heard several rave about this one, but it looks outdated. What about the gameplay made it good? Or crappy?
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8. Board Game: Golf the Perfect Game [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:11734]
Kermit Rickenberg
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This one was well rated, but again by few. Production value looks good.
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9. Board Game: CribbGolf [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:9901]
Kermit Rickenberg
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A new way to play cribbage. Card play occurs as normal, however earned points are pegged on a board displaying an 18-hole golf course. This feature changes the strategy somewhat, as your final score is a golf score, not a cribbage score. Therefore, 1-point tricks that you would normally take without thinking in regular cribbage must be weighed carefully, as that one point may just put you in a sand trap or water hole on the golf course, costing you a stroke to your game.
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10. Board Game: Head to Head Golf [Average Rating:5.71 Unranked]
Mark Goadrich
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Conway
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Haven't played it, but designer Larry Levy talks about the genesis of his 2-player card game in an article at the Games Journal:

http://www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/GenesisOfAGame.shtml

It might have some helpful tips for your friends.
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11. Board Game: GOLO [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:11364]
Michael Barlow
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Stratford
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Dice golf game.

I'm thinking of making a little golf game, searched the geeklists and found your list. Thanks.
 
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12. Board Game: Par "72" Golf [Average Rating:5.73 Unranked]
Kermit Rickenberg
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This oldie looks like it tries to use some different type of dice, for yardage distance. Rolling the strategicly correct combination of yardage dice seems to be the strategy here. Perhaps this is the closest I have seen to the Formula Dei dice mechanics. What say you all?
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13. Board Game: Pargolf [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Kermit Rickenberg
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Another attempt that no one seemed to care about... Comments??

Pargolf does an amazing job of simulating the actual game of golf. The game is played over a challenging 6970 yard par 72 test of skill judgement and luck. It requires all the shots you have in the bag.
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14. Board Game: Pro Golf [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:13066]
Kermit Rickenberg
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This one looked like a statistical heaven or nightmare (depending on how much you actually liked golf). It claims to be a simple game though.

Very simple golf game. Cards represent each player's capabilities with various clubs (the later edition included only generic players with names such as #1, #2, etc, representing their finish on the PGA's money list). On a turn, players roll dice to determine the lie of their ball, with the only strategy decision being whether to "go for it" or lay back. Silly fun.
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15. Board Game: Challenge Golf at Pebble Beach [Average Rating:5.39 Overall Rank:12985]
Kermit Rickenberg
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A simple boardgame version of golf. Players mark their ball position on the laminated map of the 18 holes at Pebble Beach. They choose a club and then roll dice to determine if the hit is long or short and whether or not it hooked or sliced. There is a special putting chart for when you are on the green.
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16. Board Game: GolfMania [Average Rating:5.10 Overall Rank:14745]
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This game has only the theme of golf tacked on. It should be funny but plays well like a iron elephant in ten feet of mud.
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17. Board Game: Golf Masters [Average Rating:4.79 Overall Rank:14298]
Kermit Rickenberg
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Golf Masters is part of the line of physical dexterity games published by Goldsieber published under the DSF imprint (see also: Tennis Masters).
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18. Board Game: Golf Board Challenge [Average Rating:4.22 Unranked]
Håkan König
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Anyone out there that has tried this one? Found it in a store for 99SEK (~14USD) and I'm wondering if I should pick it up or not. At that price it might be worth a shot. (Pun not intended)
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19. Board Game: Ultimate Golf [Average Rating:4.64 Overall Rank:14592]
Kermit Rickenberg
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This one looks like it had high production value, golf choices galore, and some luck after making those choices. Few have played it to really rate it though.
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20. Board Game: Old Century Pinball Golf [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
George Husted
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East Hartford
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This game is well made and beautifully appointed. It is deliberately "distressed" to give it the look of an antique. It comes with two 1/2 inch ball bearings for the balls. The spring loaded plunger action is smooth and consistent. The flapper action is also smooth. The flapper itself looks like the head of a driver.

The artwork is superb. There are plenty of hazards, both water and sand, to offer a challenge. The hole-in-one ramp requires practice to get the "sweet spot" but it is more than a matter of careful aim and timing - if you over shoot the hole-in-one cup, there is a two stroke penalty. The hole-in-one cup is divided down the middle and the ball must land in the front half to score. If the ball lands in the back half, you get the penalty.

There are plenty of scoring holes out on the fairway, allowing for birdies, bogeys, and double bogeys. It is even possible to score an eagle! The rule book is made of heavy gloss card stock and contains score cards and a glossary of terms as well as assembly instructions (6 screws total). There is a peg hole track to keep track of what hole you are on by moving a golf tee along the track. There is a velvet like drawstring bag to hold the 2 ball bearings and golf tee when not in use.

Game play is by manual dexterity (controlling the direction and power of your shot entirely through the club head flipper) and while luck may play a part, skill will win the day.

All in all...this game ROCKS!!!
 
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21. Board Game: Fore: The Golf Game [Average Rating:4.29 Overall Rank:14651]
Kermit Rickenberg
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This one is a card game it looks like. It looked the most interesting to me for some reason. But no one really has rated it. I am courious how this one actually playes with the cards.
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22. Board Game: Lucky Shots Golf Board Game [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
Kermit Rickenberg
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Hmm.. This one by the title surgests its honesty; AKA no real skill involved, just luck in the end. Is there not a golf game that has a better way?
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23. Board Game: Golf Ace [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
Kermit Rickenberg
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This one looks like it playes with a regular deck of cards. Does anyone know how it plays? I'd love to see someone submitt the rules, as it looks like it would be easy to make myself to test.
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