Release Date: 1980
Publisher: Atari
Controller: Joystick
Players: 1 – 2
Genre: Sports
Alternate Title: N/A
Model #: CX2634
Rarity: 2
Programmer: Tom Rudadahl

Step on the links, pick up a club, and play a round of golf like you have never played before.

You will use your 9-iron to pull off backwards shots, use your cleats to kick the ball towards the green, and consider it a victory if you get back to the clubhouse with a swing count under a hundred.

There are nine holes with a total of thirty-six par, with a nice selection of par threes, fours, and fives. When the golfer steps into the tee box, it’s vital that you take a few steps back and do some practice swings. Once there is a basic understanding of how the club moves, it’s time to line up your shot. Since the ball will travel at whatever angle and direction the club hits it, you will have to get creative in order to make it to the green.

On a basic hole the first shot will be pretty standard looking, however after that the only way to make it to the green is to position the golfer below the ball and facing away from the pin, and swing the club above his head to send it in the proper direction. This will continue until the ball reaches the green. Now it’s time to putt, which is done in the same way, only with a little more finesse.

Despite the system limitations, the designers still included sand traps, water hazards and trees to make your journey to the pin difficult. While this isn’t a realistic representation of the sport, it’s still worth a play as it has its own weird charm and challenge to it.

 

 


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Derek Slaton (62 Posts)

Derek began playing video games in the early 80s, cutting his teeth on every Atari 2600 game he could get his hands on. This kickstarted a lifelong love of games, which continues to this day. No matter how advanced the systems and games become, the love for Atari remains supreme, which is why the Atari 2600 Encyclopedia project was done. With this massive project completed, Derek looks to begin work on another system encyclopedia, hoping to pay tribute to the games that shaped his childhood.