Golf (1984 video game)

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Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Producer(s) Masayuki Uemura
Designer(s) Kenji Miki
Shigeru Miyamoto[1]
Programmer(s) Satoru Iwata[2]
Composer(s) Koji Kondo
Platform(s) NES, PC-88, PlayChoice-10, Sharp X1, Famicom Disk System
Release NES
  • JP: May 1, 1984
  • NA: October 18, 1985
  • EU: November 15, 1986
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Golf (ゴルフ, Gorufu) is a sports-simulation video game developed and released by Nintendo in 1984 for the NES. The player one character wears a white shirt and shoes with blue pants and uses a white ball, while the player two character wears a red shirt and shoes with black pants and uses a red ball.


The user must first decide whether to play single stroke play or the two player selections of doubles stroke play or match play. The user is then placed at the tee of the first hole of eighteen.

It was the first golf game to feature a power/accuracy bar for swinging the club. The power bar method has been used in most golf games since.


  • When Koji Kondo joined Nintendo, he was first involved in the arcade version of Golf.[citation needed]
  • Hudson Soft released a port of the game for the Japan-only PC-88 in 1985.
  • Ported to the Famicom Disk System in 1986 (Japan only).
  • In the Game Boy version, unlike the NES version, there is some background music and two countries to choose from: Japan and U.S. Also, the style of the player characters are chibi. All courses are different compared to the ones in the NES version. This version has also been released for the Virtual Console on the Nintendo 3DS system.
  • Available for the Classic NES e-Reader series on Game Boy Advance.
  • Available as a fully playable collectible in Animal Crossing.
  • The nine holes of the golf game in Wii Sports are 3-dimensional versions of the holes in Golf. This is also true of the "Classic" courses for the golf and Frisbee golf games in Wii Sports Resort.
  • The game is hidden in the firmware of the Nintendo Switch. As of this writing, it is not known if it can be accessed.[3]


Review score
Publication Score
AllGame GB: 4/5 stars[4]

Golf received mixed to positive reviews and is now considered to be one of the most famous games for the NES. It was given a mixed review by ScrewAttack.


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