Greatest 18 Holes Of Major Championship Golf
Copyright/Publisher: Accolade, Programmed By: Ken Moore,
Designed By: Ned Martin & Sculptured Software, Produced By:
Release Year: 1988, Genre: Golf, Number Of Players: 1 to 4
As well as being one of the greatest golfers of all time, Jack Nicklaus designs
golf courses. The 'Golden Bear' is such an expert on what makes a good golf hole,
that he has selected his greatest 18 holes to be combined Accolade into one
amazing course. There are also two of Jack's own courses to play on: Castle Pines
and Desert Mountain.
Up to four players may compete, any number or all of which can be picked from
the eight computer opponents (including Jack the lad himself). For human players
there are two basic skill levels: beginner and expert (same old story the world over,
eh reaters?). For the latter, wind conditions are worse and the player must select
his own club for each shot.
Players may also choose to play from one of three tees - Ladies', Men's or Pro at
increasing distance from the hole. Two types of match can be played: Stroke Play
where the aim is to shoot the lowest score for 18 holes, and Skins where the
winner of each hole wins a definable amount of prize money. Individual holes may
also be practised, as can driving and putting.
All golfing simulations have to be compared with the classic Leaderboard, and
Jack Nicklaus' Golf doesn't really measure up. The scenery is pretty blocky and
often strangely coloured - Jack looks like he is teeing off from a light blue pond!
Shots seem equally easy whether playing from the fairway or a bunker, and
putting is a piece of cake. Despite its flaws, the game is fun for a few rounds.
But then why get this when you can have Leaderboard instead?
Is it just me or does it look like the ball is hit into outer space with every
stroke? Is Jack the Lad really Superman in disguise? If so he doesn't need a club,
he could throw the ball further? Totally unrealistic ball movement aside the
golf game within has (surprise, surprise) much of Leaderboard in it.
With trees, bunkers, hills and the like it might have come up to scratch but
sadly this wasn't to be. Sluggish pace, generally chunky graphics, ineffectual
sound and tediously slow screen update turn this into just another very average
rendition of golf. Let's hope Jack doesn't use this to help his game (judging
by his performance in the recent American Masters he probably did).