The Best Online Golf Games

By Steve Silverman

Different people enjoy golf in their own way. Some people love nothing more than going out to play nine holes after work. Others want to get away and take a two-week golf vacation. Others are more than happy to satisfy their golfing urges by playing online golf games. These games are fun, exciting and fast moving.

World Golf Tour

World Golf Tour (WGT) is the #1 top rated 3D online game, playable on the web (PC or Mac) or a mobile device (iOS and Android). By clicking on the site, you can play any of over 15 world famous golf courses and thousands of country clubs. The realistic 3D simulation and Flash recreates swinging, driving, chipping and putting from the fairway, rough, bunkers and greens and excellent graphics. Free download at, Google play and the App Store.

Shot Online

Shot-Online is a highly accurate 3D simulation and a realistic role-playing experience. Players can choose a character and compete against players with different skills. This game includes a proprietary physics engine which results in realistic interaction such as ball movement that reflects wind, weather and temperature.

Mini Putt

This is an online game classic. It is very simple to play and the graphics are very basic. As with mini golf, actual golf game skills are not as necessary to win as the ability to understand angles and impact strength when hitting the ball. Experienced players may find the holes easy; but, newcomers to golf may have to play a few times to figure out the best way to hit the ball. This game may not help your play on the live greens; but, it is a wonderful way to pass the time.

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The Masters

With this Electronic Arts golf game players can play through Q School, the Nationwide Tour and the PGA TOUR including historic moments at the Masters. Play like a pro with a caddie who evaluates wind, lie and yardage and recommends a shot. A play-by-play broadcast provides play-by-play of each swing. Available in multiple platforms including PC, Mac, PlayStation3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.

Available from amazon and other retailers for about $100.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.


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