I'm a big time golfer. I love hitting the links and playing 18, sometimes 36 holes in a day. But I don't always have the time or money to go out, so you can imagine how excited I was recently when I was looking for good golf games to play on my computer when I stumbled across World Golf Tour. It's a very detailed online game that allows you to create a character and play famous courses. They have tournaments and online play, as well as Closest to the Hole competitions. This game is better than it's rival, Tiger Woods Online.
The courses on this game are realistic and amazing. In stroke play, you can play on famous courses such as Bethpage Black, Oakmont, Kiawah Island, and St. Andrews. It takes a little while to get a feel for the putting and meter and all that, but when you do get it down and start making birdies it feels great.
There are a few beefs I have with the game though. First of all, the meter tends to lag a bit every now and then, which causes me to shank a shot horribly left or right. Secondly, the driver you start with is complete crap and only hits 225 yards, well below the average amateur, and as you level up(the tiers are Hack, Amateur, Pro, Tour Pro, Master, Tour Master, and Legend), you don't gain the ability to hit the ball farther, which I find strange. This forces you to go to the pro shop and buy new clubs and/or balls if you want to have better distance on your shots. It's especially frustrating for the higher up tiers, because they play from more difficult tees, and the bad driving distance on the club usually leaves them with approach shots of 180+ yards. With the bad club distances I would recommend only playing St Andy's or Kiawah when you first start, because the holes there are approachable in a reasonable manner.
Other than that though, this is a fantastic FREE online game that anyone can play. I've been addicted to it for a few weeks and have my average down to about a 72. Seriously, play this game.