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Links: The Challenge of Golf is a golf simulation that tries to implement realistic aspects of golf in a video game format.

The game uses VGA 256-color graphics, with courses containing trees, water, sand traps, and the fairway. The addition of ball physics, mulligans, changing the lie of the ball, real digitized environmental sounds, and the ability to view a replay (from multiple angles) helps to emphasize the realistic aspect.

Links comes with one Championship Course, Torrey Pines, located in San Diego, California, USA.


Links: The Challenge of Golf SEGA CD Using the grid
Links: The Challenge of Golf SEGA CD Title screen
Links: The Challenge of Golf DOS Overhead course view
Links: The Challenge of Golf SEGA CD The map

Promo Images

Links: The Challenge of Golf Magazine Advertisement
Links: The Challenge of Golf Magazine Advertisement
Links: The Challenge of Golf Magazine Advertisement
Links: The Challenge of Golf Magazine Advertisement

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User Reviews

"Looks like I hit the tree, Jim" DOS Paul Varley (13)
Classic! The ancestor of all golf games. DOS justinstyles (5)

Critic Reviews

Attack DOS Jul, 1991 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Mar, 1991 10 out of 12 83
PC Joker DOS Mar, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Play Time Amiga Jun, 1992 74 out of 100 74
GamePro (US) SEGA CD Apr, 1995 3.5 out of 5 70
Amiga Joker Amiga May, 1992 68 out of 100 68
Player One SEGA CD Apr, 1995 65 out of 100 65
Sega-16.com SEGA CD Sep 20, 2010 6 out of 10 60
Power Play Amiga Jun, 1992 32 out of 100 32
The Video Game Critic SEGA CD Dec 01, 2000 F 0


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Covermount release

A complete version of Links: The Challenge of Golf is available on Classic Games Collection CD featured with the July 2000 issue of PC Gamer Magazine.


According to the back of the manual, here's what it takes to design a Links course:

Play the course. Take over 500 aerial and landscape photos. Videotape the entire course. Obtain topographical and grading drawings. Gather information about prevailing winds and weather. Convert topographic maps into terrain data. Locate greens, tee boxes, bunkers, hazards, etc. Digitize actual vegetation found on the course and place appropriately along with other objects. Use a specially designed course editor to smooth and refine original terrain data. Digitize and install panorama. Install tee markers, ball washers, benches, clubhouse, etc. Playtest and refine for accurate course representation.

This process takes two men months to complete and generates approximately 700,000 bytes of course data--10 times more than other golf games!


For no apparent reason, when pressing 'Q', the game will play a sound of a quacking duck and on rare occasions it will play the quack automatically after a particularly bad shot.

Big Bertha

The famous club and ball image featured in the cover of the game box, also used in Links 386 Pro and other releases (sometimes inside the game instead of the cover) is the classic Big Bertha driver from Callaway, part of its signature Big Bertha club series. Fading with the black background, barely anything from the club can be seen except reflections and the golden face with strips. The head of Big Bertha with the ball has been associated with all the early releases of the Links series, with many boxes (e.g. The Links 386 Pro box featuring the image beveled) giving proper credit displaying the sentences: The image of "Big Bertha" on the front is used with permission of Callaway Golf. "Big Bertha" is a registered trademark of Callaway Golf".


  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1991 (Issue #88) – Action Game of the Year
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #5 Most Innovative Computer Game
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #36 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1992 – Best Sports Game in 1991
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