is a 2D golf simulation.
Having been quite successful with their cute action soccer game Sensible Soccer
, Sensible Software decided that the concept of "No fuss, just fun" could be applied to other sports, too. They chose golf.
Sensible Golf is not an accurate simulation of golf, but an action adaptation of the sport streamlined for quick and easy gameplay. Consequently, complications such as wind and terrain heights are not featured, although the green has little arrows indicating the slopes. Apart from that, the player's only concerns are the water and sand hazards, and the distance to the hole. As a result, Sensible Golf is instead a practice in target shooting, rather than a golf game.
Striking involves only two action: Aiming the pointer in the desired direction, and pressing the action button three times. The game uses the well-known three-click-control, with which you set power and swerve of the strike. The computer automatically suggests a proper club, but the player may change it manually. A pop-up map helps one find their bearing.
The courses are fictional, composed from a pool of holes which often appear in multiple courses, sometimes with minor variations. Play modes include single 18-hole rounds, a complete season and a tournament. Up to 72 human players may participate in the latter.
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Sensible Software did itself no favor with Sensible Golf. The game was badly received by the public as well as the press, receiving a score of bad ratings in the magazines.
Most members of the design team are not credited with their full name, but with nicknames. They certainly know why.
As there is really not much to explain about the game, the blanks in the manual are filled with "useless golf facts". I'll include them here for entertainment:- An American (well, it would be, wouldn't it) managed to balance seven golf balls vertically on his head without the use of adhesive.
- The youngest player to ever get a hole-in-one is Coby Orr, who managed the feat at the age of five.
- The fastest round of professional golf ever was recorded at the 1977 Heritage Classic at Hilton Head. Two players completed their fourth round in 1 h 27 minutes.
- The highest golf course in the world is The Tuctu Golf Club in Morococha in Peru - it's 14,335ft above sea level.
- Robert Mitera holds the record for the longest ever recorded hole-in-one. Thanks to a 50 mph gust which carried his shot over a 290 yard drop-off, he managed to hole out in one shot over 447 yards.
- No matter how crap you are at golf, you'll be hard pushed to match the record set by a lady player in the 1912 Shawnee Invitational. Her tee shot wound up in the Binniekill River and the ball floated. Being a practical sort of chap, her husband suggested they put to sea and carry on. They caught up with the ball one and a half miles downstream. She eventually putted down in a very reasonable 166 - not bad on a 130 yard hole.
- Whilst Sensible Golf is going for the record for the largest sand trap in the world, they'd be hard pushed to match the one in Pine Valley golf course in New Jersey. They have the largest bunker in the world, called Hell's Half Acre.
- The longest single hole on a golf course is the sixth at the Koolan Island course in Australia, which is a 948 yard par 7.