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In NES Open Tournament Golf, you can play a round of golf on one of three different courses. One or two players can play in the U.S., Japan, or the U.K. and choose a stroke or match play game. Gameplay is from two point of views, starting with an overhead view allowing you to set up the shot and choose a club, then switching to a 3-D point of view. Hitting the ball uses the common power meter where tapping the button starts the meter, tap the button a second time to select the amount of power in the shot, then tap the button a third time to select the amount of slice or hook. If you are unable to finish a round in one play, NES Open Tournament Golf features a battery back-up allowing you to save the game and continue later.

The Famicom version is significantly different than the NES version. The Famicom version has 5 courses, losing the U.S. course found in the NES version but gaining France, Australia, and Hawaii. The Famicom version also lacks the tournament mode feature found in the NES version.


NES Open Tournament Golf NES Choosing game options
NES Open Tournament Golf NES Teeing off
NES Open Tournament Golf NES A very large bunker...
NES Open Tournament Golf NES Mario and Luigi leave the clubhouse for a round of golf

Promo Images

NES Open Tournament Golf Screenshot
NES Open Tournament Golf Screenshot
NES Open Tournament Golf Screenshot
NES Open Tournament Golf Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Mario's Open Golf" -- PlayChoice-10 arcade title
  • "マリオオープンゴルフ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A great but mildly unfair Mario golf game Scribblemacher (210) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
Early forerunner in golf gaming chris runowski (2) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Feb 13, 2002 A 100
NES Times Jul 16, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Nintendo Power Magazine Jun, 1991 4.2 out of 5 84
Nintendojo 1999 7.7 out of 10 77
Video Games Dec, 1992 74 out of 100 74
Megablast 1993 71 out of 100 71
Play Time Nov, 1992 62 out of 100 62 Nov, 2012 D 25


Topic # Posts Last Post
Are the NES and Famicom version 2 separate games? 4 雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (60599)
Jan 15, 2013


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Servo (57355) added NES Open Tournament Golf (NES) on Mar 07, 2003
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