The 9 Best PC Golf Games of 2021

Tee off in these fun PC golf games

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The Rundown
If you're looking for the ultimate professional golf experience, PGA Tour 2K21 is the perfect choice.
Best Off-the-Wall:
What the Golf? at Apple
It's a silly, physics-based mini golf game that pits players against each other as they solve puzzles and tackle challenges.
Your controllers act as your drivers, wedges, and putters, letting you get as close to real-world play as possible.
You'll have to monitor and manage the needs of up to 200 visitors to keep them happy and spending money at your resort.
Best for Custom Courses:
Perfect Golf at Steampowered.com
You can choose between lighting, custom green speeds and course conditions, difficulty levels, camera angles, and 20 play modes.
Most Chill:
Golf Peaks at Apple
The calming soundtrack and minimalist visuals make Golf Peaks one of the most relaxed gaming experiences.
You can challenge up to three other friends across dozens of courses to dodge ball-stealing moles, mines, and magnets.
Best for Minigolf:
Golf It! at Steampowered.com
It features six- to 18-hole maps that have you smack a golf ball through everything from pirate ships to Christmas trees.
The game features 14 courses and thousands of different discs to unlock so you can get that perfect tee-off throw around a target.

PC golf games don't have to be boring and stuffy. While there is a plethora of realistic-play golf games such as PGA Tour 2K21 and The Golf Club VR, there are also tons of options for players who are looking for a more outside-the-box experience.

There are arcade-action style games that have you avoid obstacles like exploding sheep or ball-stealing animals, and minigolf games that let you create course limited only by your imagination. There is even a golf course management game similar to Rollercoaster Tycoon or Zoo Tycoon where you can design and build your own golf resort and either keep visitors happy to turn massive profits or torture them with incredibly difficult courses loaded with laser cannons.

If you're looking for realistic play, you may want to consider a golf game that supports VR headsets like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. Some games also let you control everything from swing power and angle to camera angles and even weather conditions. For players who want to get friends in on the action, you'll want to pick up a game that supports either local or online multiplayer so you can take on leaderboards and challenges whether you're on the same couch or in different time zones.

We've gathered up our top nine picks and broke down their gameplay styles and features to help you decide which one will be the next addition to your game library.

Best Overall: PGA Tour 2K21

PGA Tour 2K21 (PC)
What We Like
  • Online multiplayer

  • Licensed courses

  • Helpful Rookie Mode for newcomers

What We Don't Like
  • Deluxe Edition has only cosmetic items

If you're looking for the ultimate professional golf experience, PGA Tour 2K21 is the perfect choice. You can create your own player with thousands of different customization options and take on 12 of the top PGA pros in Career Mode.

There is an online multiplayer mode where you can set up your own clubhouse and create custom courses with house rules. There are also several different casual multiplayer modes like four-player scramble, Alt-Shot, Stroke Play, and Skins. Players can tackle real-life courses such as East Lake Golf Club and TPC Sawgrass with real-time commentary from Luke Elvy and Rich Beem.

The Deluxe Edition unlocks a gold-plated driver and putter as well as Adidas-branded cosmetic items for your custom player and an extra 2,300 in-game currency to purchase additional cosmetic items. If you're new to golf and golf simulation games, there is a rookie-specific mode with real-time tutorials, tips, and shot suggestions to help you learn the ropes. Golf veterans can take full control over their gameplay with distance control mechanics and putt reviews.

ESRB: E (Everyone) | Install Size: 7.3GB

What We Like
  • Level editor

  • Multiplayer

  • Hundreds of levels

What We Don't Like
  • Only local multiplayer

What the Golf? describes itself as "a golf game for people who hate golf." It's a silly, physics-based mini golf game that pits players against each other as they solve puzzles and tackle challenges across hundreds of levels.

You'll have to guide your golf ball around hazards such as hot dog carts, runaway cars, cats, and putting greens that don't really want to be a part of the course. A level editor is in early access, allowing players to create their own insane courses and share them with the What the Golf? community.

A local multiplayer mode lets you challenge a friend to see who can get through the craziest course the fastest. If you're looking for a silly golf game to play on your own or with friends, you'll be hard-pressed to find one that's more fun than What the Golf?

ESRB: E10+ (Everyone 10+) | Install Size: 1GB

Most Realistic: The Golf Club: Collector's Edition

The Golf Club VR
What We Like
  • 130,000+ courses

  • Exceptionally realistic play

What We Don't Like
  • Hit-detection issues

  • Headset wires hinder some shots

The Golf Club VR Collector's Edition features some of the most realistic golf play available in a video game. It uses either the HTC Vive's room-scale technology or the Oculus Rift's capabilities to fully immerse you into the game.

You'll be able to work your way through more than 130,000 procedurally and user-generated courses, and even create your own dream course or play through real-world courses. Your controllers act as your drivers, wedges, and putters, letting you get as close to real-world play as possible. You can also use your controllers to call up an in-game window that gives you information about the current course such as distance to the putting green, wind speed, and hazards as well as stats about your shots.

The Collector's Edition adds a Season Mode for players who want a long-term, career play experience, a tropical theme for course building, and quality-of-life improvements to in-game mechanics.

ESRB: Rating pending | Install Size: 4GB

Best Management: GolfTopia

GolfTopia
What We Like
  • High replay value

  • Deep management mechanics

What We Don't Like
  • No multiplayer

  • No controller support

Golftopia takes a page from games like Rollercoaster Tycoon and lets you design, build, and manage your own golf resort. You can create a simple, run-of-the-mill course with sand and water traps or a futuristic nightmare resort full of bumpers, teleporters, and laser beams.

You'll have to monitor and manage the needs of up to 200 visitors to keep them happy and, more importantly, spending money at your resort. You'll need to defend your newly-built resort from sinister weeds with an army of drones or defensive laser turrets to keep your course clean and profitable.

If you manage to make enough visitors happy, they'll become prestigious members with expensive, premium memberships that will make you even more money. You can also become a malevolent god of golf-based torture by creating insanely difficult courses that drive your visitors to madness.

ESRB: Rating pending | Install Size: 1GB

Best for Custom Courses: Perfect Golf

Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf
What We Like
  • Tons of customization options

  • Online multiplayer

  • PC/Mac/Linux compatibility

What We Don't Like
  • Steep learning curve

Perfect Golf feels more like a training simulation for professionals than a video game, but it offers some of the best course customization. You can choose between real time-of-day lighting, custom green speeds and course conditions, five different difficulty levels, camera angles, and 20 play modes.

There are 12 included courses that are georeferenced to real-world clubs for accurate play and an advanced flight physics engine based on real-world ball-flight data. With the Course Forge add-on, you can control every single aspect of the course you want to create, such as distance from the tee to the hole and hazards, putting green firmness, and wind speeds.

There is also a peer-to-peer multiplayer mode where you can challenge friends on your custom course or through any of the hundreds of user-generated courses.

ESRB: Rating pending | Install Size: 3GB

What We Like
  • Simple gameplay

  • Unique mechanics

  • Tons of levels

What We Don't Like
  • May be a bit too simple for older kids

Golf Peaks is a puzzle game disguised as a golf game. It uses a unique card-based system to move the ball through more than 120 different levels distributed across ten different worlds. You'll use the cards to move the ball through hazards such as jumps, pits, and ramps.

The calming soundtrack and minimalist visuals make Golf Peaks one of the most relaxed gaming experiences. If you have an hour to kill or just want to unwind after a long day, you can fire up Golf Peaks and take your mind off life for a bit.

Not only is this a super chill game, but 1 percent of revenue is donated to the Polish Animal Rescue Foundation to help provide pets in need with food, shelter, and medical care.

ESRB: Rating pending | Install Size: 200MB

What We Like
  • Single and multiplayer

  • Customization options

  • High replay value

What We Don't Like
  • Local multiplayer

If you're a fan of the Worms game franchise, you'll want to pick up Worms: Crazy Golf. You can challenge up to three other friends across dozens of courses to dodge ball-stealing moles, mines, and magnets to see who is the ultimate golf champion.

Players can explode sheep, hit weapons crates for powerups and bonuses, and collect coins to unlock customization items such as costumes and different golf balls. Worms: Crazy Golf has all of the signature Worms humor, cartoonish violence, and visuals that players have come to love.

If you want to play on your own, there is a Career Mode with three- to-18 hole courses and a Challenge Mode with 15 courses and leaderboards to see how you stack up against other players around the world.

ESRB: E (Everyone) | Install Size: 626MB

Best for Minigolf: Golf It!

Golf It!
What We Like
  • Level editor

  • Multiplayer

  • Dynamic swing mechanics

What We Don't Like
  • Partial controller support

  • Still in early access after 4 years

For anyone who prefers minigolf, Golf It! is a great option to play on your own or with friends. It features six- to 18-hole maps that have you smack a golf ball through everything from pirate ships and tombstones to gold mines and Christmas trees.

You can browse hundreds of user-generated courses or create your own with the Multiplayer Editor. There are 2,300 placeable assets at your disposal to help you create the ultimate putt-putt course. Gameplay is based on how fast you move your mouse, so you have to watch that you don't send your ball flying off the map or hit a double-bogey.

ESRB: Rating pending | Install Size: 12GB

Best Disc Golf: Disc Golf Valley

Disc Golf Valley
What We Like
  • Cross-platform multiplayer

  • Lots of unlockables

  • Newbie friendly

What We Don't Like
  • Requires Google sign-in to play

Disc Golf is golf with frisbees, and Disc Golf Valley lets you experience a new way to play an old game. Latitude 64, a Swedish disc golf product manufacturer, developed and published Disc Golf Valley as a way to get more people interested in the sport.

The game features 14 courses and thousands of different discs to unlock so you can get that perfect, long-distance tee-off throw or curve around a mandatory target. With online multiplayer, you can challenge friends in matches, and single player mode has both a challenge and tournament as well as three different practice modes to learn the rules and mechanics of the game.

You can unlock new discs by completing challenges and getting great scores, or you can purchase them through the in-game shop. It's also cross-platform so even if your friends don't have a gaming PC, you can still play together.

ESRB: Rating pending | Install Size: 2GB

Final Verdict

PGA 2K21 (view at GameStop) is the perfect game for die-hard golf fans. Players can create a custom character to challenge the top 12 pros in the league on real-world courses, or set up their own clubhouse to play rounds with friends online.

Golftopia (view at Steam) is a great management game where you design and build your own course and monitor up to 200 visitors to help turn a profit. You can set up more traditional golf courses or wacky futuristic ones with lasers and teleporters.

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FAQs

Can you play as a real pro in PGA 2K21?

Unfortunately, no. In career and tournament modes, you have to create your own, custom character in order to challenge real-world players.

Is Tiger Woods in PGA 2K21?

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: Yes, but not the way you think. Tiger Woods has signed a long-term deal with 2K to have his name and likeness appear in 2K21 and any future golf games made by the studio, as well as to take on an executive producer and consultant role. So while you may see his picture in menus or a Tiger Woods model wandering around a course, you won't be able to play as him.

How many players can play PGA 2K21 online?

You can have up to 20 online players at once in Divot Derby Mode. In this game mode, everyone tees off at the same time to compete for a limited number of slots to continue on to the next hole in a single-elimination style game of chaos.

What to Look For in PC Golf Game

Single and Multiplayer

If you want to challenge yourself, look for a golf game with global leaderboards or multiple single-player modes that focus on different aspects like a career, tournament, or practice. If you want to play with friends, check to see if the game supports either local or online multiplayer so you can have fun together no matter where you are.

Realistic or Arcade Play

You have to ask yourself what kind of play you want from your golf game. There are some games out there that provide realistic play by letting you monitor in-game wind conditions, course info, and even shot stats while others focus on arcade-like play with hazards such as traps and silly physics to provide a more casual experience.

Course Editor

Some games include a course editor that lets you create a custom course to play either on your own or with friends. You'll be able to set the distance from the tee to the hole, weather conditions, and sand or water hazards.

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