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The main differences of the 1998 version of MS Golf compared to its predecessor are the enhanced graphics and sounds.

In this version there are three eighteen hole courses, the Bay harbour Golf Club, Casa de Campo Links, Teeth of the Dog and a nine hole course The Preserve Nine, making sixty three playable holes in all. The game is highly configurable, for example each match can be played with ten difficulty settings, ten different scoring variations including stroke and match play, skins, scramble, bingo bango bongo, and teams. Other configuration options include customising the player, changing the weather conditions, using a two or three click system to control the swing, playing the full course, the front nine, back nine or practice holes and much more.

Each hole has a fly-by preview to aid the golfer and there are optional windows such as the vertical view which gives a birds eye view of the hole and the flight of the ball.

Multiplayer games are possible via a direct modem link, network LAN, and the internet over the Internet Gaming Zone which the in-game help describes as "a site on the World Wide Web that connects, or "matches up", players from all over the world for various types of computer games".

The CD contains a folder called 'Goodies' in which there are alternate models for the golfers - these have to be installed manually, Windows NT4 service pack three a requirement for multiplayer gaming under that operating system, and Microsoft System Information ( a tool for gathering system configuration information to help Product Support engineers solve system related problems)


Microsoft Golf 1998 Edition Windows The first hole of a new game. 
The animated fly by in the centre pane can be stopped by clicking on it.
The overhead view on the right is optional
Microsoft Golf 1998 Edition Windows The game's title screen. 
This opens in a small, fixed size window and the game can be played either in a window or full size
Microsoft Golf 1998 Edition Windows Here the player is manually selecting their club.
The clubs each player carries can be configured by editing the player's characteristics
Microsoft Golf 1998 Edition Windows This shows some of the game's configuration options

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Alternate Titles

  • "微软高尔夫1998" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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Critic Reviews

Svenska PC Gamer Jul, 1998 82 out of 100 82
Privat Computer PC 1998 81 out of 100 81
Power Play May, 1998 80 out of 100 80
PC Jeux Jul, 1998 78 out of 100 78
PC Player (Germany) Jun, 1998 74 out of 100 74
Power Unlimited Sep, 1998 7.1 out of 10 71
PC Games (Germany) May 06, 1998 69 out of 100 69
PC Joker May, 1998 69 out of 100 69
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Oct, 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Player (Denmark) 1998 6 out of 10 60


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Lite Version

There is a Microsoft Golf 1998 Lite on Microsoft Plus! 98. This version contains only 9 holes.

Version Number

Microsoft Golf 1998 Edition has version number 4.0 as can be seen in the about window.

Information also contributed by jean-louis.
NGC 5194 (17617) added Microsoft Golf 1998 Edition (Windows) on Sep 17, 2000