Golf Simulator Software Review: The Golf Club, TruGolf's E6 and Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf
Posted by bret richards on May 10, 2016 0 Comments
There have been some epic, and intense, three-way rivalries throughout sport, entertainment and business. In basketball, we had Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and a young Micheal Jordan just beginning to exert his dominance on the hardcourt. In the world of entertainment, three great monster franchises battled it out for supremacy – Frankenstein, Dracula and my favourite, Wolf Man. And, of course, in an area that is pretty close to all our hearts, PlayStation, XBOX, and Wii battled it out for years trying to claim video-game supremacy.
Today, a similar competition is taking shape in golf simulation gaming software.
The Golf Club is the golf simulation software available with ProTee – considered by some to be the most advanced and affordable 3D golf simulator system available. With TruGolf golf simulators, you receive the E6 golf simulation software – the #1 selling golf simulator software used by a number of golf simulators. And threatening to take the mantle from older, more established competitors, we have Perfect Golf from Perfect Parallel.
A small, independent game developer established in 2011, Perfect Parallel is the new kid on the block. It focuses on developing sport games using real world, geo-located data. If you’ve watched a recent PGA tour event on television, it’s likely you’ve seen their simulation software. Currently available as a download on STEAM, Perfect Golf is Perfect Parallel’s first gaming title. Let’s take a closer look at each.
The Golf Club
Featuring stunning, high-definition graphics in up to 4K Ultra HD, beautiful scenery, bright textures and natural lighting, The Golf Club software comes with more than 92,000 pre-designed golf courses. It also features a Greg Norman golf course designer where you can design and build your own golf courses. Other features include free online play, tournaments, tours and online sharing.
Earlier this year, the simulator version 2.9 of The Golf Club Simulator was made available for download. It includes an additional 6,000 courses, incredibly realistic mowing patterns and new apparel, like shirts, pants, hats and shoes, to differentiate the look of the on-screen golfers.
At Golf Simulator Guys, we really love this software. Its graphics are the best on the market – no question about it. We love the fact that you can play against your own previous rounds, or versus other players online simultaneously, without having to wait for your opponent to play.
However, The Golf Club does have some limitations. It lacks some important option found on rival software systems, including the ability to select tee boxes, and rough penalty.
E6 has long been considered the gold standard of golf simulation software and comes from the creators of Links – the best-selling computer golf franchise of all-time.
At one time, E6 graphics were the closest things you’d experience to actually playing a round of golf. The most recent version (version 1.6) comes with some fairly impressive enhancements, including improved lighting and textures. TruGolf’s E6 software comes with a virtual driving range, target practice, putting and chipping area, as well as a long list of options, to make every round a new adventure. You can alter the weather, time of day, wind conditions, tee-boxes, and ‘gimmie’ distances.
However, like a professional athlete losing a step or two to its competition, E6 is getting ‘beat to the hoop’ when it comes to graphics. If you compare the detail and richness of E6’s graphics with either The Golf Club or Perfect Golf, there is no question that E6 is not up to their level.
However, despite being overtaken in terms of the quality of its graphics, E6 still exerts its dominance in terms of options and functionality that will help it maintain relevancy in the world of golf simulation software for years to come.
Here at Golf Simulator Guys, we run a 12-man league in our showroom using the E6 software platform. And not everyone in our league plays at the same level. Truth be told – we have some real hackers. But with E6, we have the ability to level the playing field.
The E6 software gives you a lot of option to customize your play, including removing rough penalty, auto-aligning the putting arrow, and changing the firmness of the course. In addition, each player can create their own profile for handicapping and see their previous rounds and statistics. And since The Golf Club currently doesn't allow for multiple profiles, we would have to calculate the handicaps using a separate software.
Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf
As mentioned earlier, Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf is available for download on STEAM. It takes a separate license to unlock Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf for simulated play. Before we go any further, we need to stress that this software is very much a work in progress. It will continue to develop, and improve. But we are very impressed with what we’ve seen so far. The graphics are exceptional, and the ball-flight physics are as true as we’ve ever experienced in a virtual world.
Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf comes with a driving range, practice facility and more than 12 courses. You can also access user created courses with an upgrade in the software purchase. Perfect Parallel likes to highlight the fact that all courses are ‘fully georeferenced to the real world.’ What does that mean? Well, for example, it means that the sun will rise and set at the precise point on the horizon based upon the time of day and day of year.
Perfect Golf comes standard with 20 different game play modes, including stroke play, match Play and skins. The game supports many team-based modes of play, including foursomes, alternate Shot, better ball and scramble. And if you are playing with golfers of varying skill levels, Perfect Golf offers five difficulty levels, and unlimited assist customisation, to allow anyone to set the game up to play as easy or as difficult as required.
Final Thoughts from The 19th Hole
Whether it’s sport, entertainment or business – we all have our heroes. But not everyone, or every product, service or company can stay at the top of their game forever.
Many golfers will still opt for the E6 software due to its large number of options available to customize play – despite it’s aging graphical capabilities. Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf is slowing emerging as one of the better simulated golf experiences available today. But, if you are looking for the best virtual golf experience you should consider The Golf Club which could become one of the best golf software franchises over then next several years.