You can infer a lot from The Golf Club 2019 Featuring PGA Tour’s title. HB Studios acquired the license to the sport’s flagship tour somewhere during development, and this game feels a teensy bit muddled as a result. In many ways, it’s an evolution of the two golf titles that the Canadian developer has released on the PlayStation 4 already, with the acclaimed course editor and clubhouse features finding the fairway once again. But this time there’s a new campaign, and the addition of six real-life courses, like TPC Deere Run and TPC Sawgrass.
The problem is that while these licensed courses have been accurately recreated, they’re mostly constructed using assets pulled from the course editor, and the game just doesn’t quite have the sense of occasion that you’d expect from the real PGA Tour. It’s something that will almost certainly be resolved with a sequel, when the developer can factor in the licensing from the offset, but despite its best efforts here, it does feel like a bit of an afterthought. Regardless, the official stamp is welcomed, and the campaign is stronger than previous instalments all the same.
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