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Electronic Arts, 24.95 disk
World tour golf P olish up your spike-soled loafers, pull on your gaudy plus-fours and your Pringle sweater, and do all those other things that golfers do - there's just time for 18 holes before you have to switch off the Amiga.

Over 12 of the world's most famous courses are available for your round, and when one has been chosen, the screen splits into an overhead view of the first hole on the left of the screen, and a view from behind and above the golfer on the right. In the upper right of the screen are displayed the course name, club selected, wind speed and direction, hole number, distance to green, and other useful information.

When you start to get the feeling that you know the position of every blade of grass, entering the game's editor mode allows the course to be completely redesigned, with the positions of trees, bunkers and water all open to change. A redesigned course can then be saved out to disk for future use.

Zzap, Issue 42, October 1988, p.82

Gordon Houghton As Leaderboard is the undoubted king of the golf simulations, and I wondered why Electronic Arts released this on the 64. I wonder even more why they released this horrendous Amiga version! The Swing Meter is just a circular form of the Carver's Hookometer, and the golfer's view of the course takes obvious inspiration from the Access game. Graphically, though, it's a lot worse, and only nearby trees are adequately defined. I can't pour enough contempt on the ball movement, it's just so unrealistic! The most comic thing is the cries from the audience when you putt the ball... Keep an eye out for US Gold's Leaderboard Birdie double pack, instead.

Maff Evans There are good, average, bad and utterly awful golf simulations and I'm afraid World Tour Golf fits into the last of these categories. The 3D just isn't at all credible, and the game appears to be taking place on a large green carpet dotted with a few minuscule plastic trees. I almost choked laughing when the ball flew off on the most horrifically jerky flight path imaginable. The control method is equally bad, requiring four hits of the mouse button before you even hit the ball! One of the screenshots on the package makes note of a 'typical hole' - well, this game certainly is one.

Good on-screen appearance and in-depth instructions, but inferior control method. Changing most of the game's parameters isn't much fun.
Generally poorly defined, and golfball movement is unconvincing.
A few samples, including a comical crowd sound.
Poor graphics and lack of realism are an immediate turnoff.
After a couple of games, there only exists a minimal level of interest for creating original courses.
A poor golf simulation at a high price.