Golf video games: Top 20 of all time

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Golf video games are big business and we’re here to count down the 20 greatest in history.

Video games have become a juggernaut in our society, so much so that eSports competitions are being held all over the world. Golf video games are no different. Gaming is entertaining folks much like movies have for years. Video games have been around for decades but now fit well into our tech-savvy world.

Golf has joined the fun over the years, with several games being created over time. For those of us who saw pros on TV hit dazzling shots, we wanted a piece of that action. The closest thing you got to that was firing up your game console and blasting drives on the virtual links. Much like many of you who are reading this, I’m one of those digital, golf-club-wielding warriors.

At one point or another, you likely fired up one of the old Tiger Woods games, or perhaps Hot Shots Golf, and playing the Tiger games made you feel like you were playing on the PGA TOUR, while HSG took you to a whole other world of golfing goodness.

Gaming played an integral role in why I came to love the great sport of golf.  These golf games allow us to experience what it’s like to win a major championship or to explore a prestigious course in our own way. It’s important more now than ever to let gamers experience the joys of golf from the comfort of their own homes.

Gaming played an integral role in why I came to love the great sport of golf.

With gaming continuing to rise beyond imagination, the golf games help paint a picture of this beautiful sport. There are now even virtual reality golf games to add to the immersion. It’s the closest thing to being out on the course with fairways right beneath your feet.

A big reason for the success of a driving range such as TopGolf is because it provides both a golfing and gaming experience. The goal of the popular range was to combine two fun activities together and it really does show you the power of gaming.

Video games take us to different worlds and the golf games help us experience the places that we hope to visit one day. Or perhaps they help us enjoy golf in a completely different way, taking us to a fantasy world. With so many new golf games coming out and the new generation of gaming in full swing, there’s no better time than now to be a golf gamer.

So to celebrate an era of golf-gaming greatness, I present to you the top 20 golf games of all time. Before I begin, I must mention that I am a member of generation Y, so my list may seem more modern and aims for the 2000’s era. With this century approaching 20 years, it only seemed right and let’s be honest here, the games were just better. Am I right?.

As we push forward into the next generation of gaming, it’s exciting to think about where the journey of golf video games will go next. One thing is for sure. It will be a journey well worth the effort demanded to play well. It’s a great time to be a golfer, a great time to be a gamer and a great time to be both. So without further ado, here are the top 20 golf games ever made. (Hint: most of the games are from the Tiger Woods series.)