The poor man’s version of Golden Tee

by Mike

Golden Tee for your TV
You know those big Golden Tee machines they have in bars? They’re the ones that charge a few bucks for a quick 5 minutes of entertainment/gameplay. While most people get their kicks with a game or two, some really love it and don’t want to spend the money on a full blown machine but still want to play it at home. For those people, you can get the Golden Tee (trademarked, hoo hah!) television golf game. Think of it as the poor man’s version of Golden Tee.

The game itself is pretty much the same as it is in bars– you can play by yourself or with up to four players in stroke or tournament modes. It even has the familiar trackball that is used to do all sorts of things in the game, from club selection to hook, draw, and fade effects. One cool thing is the included Golden Tee Ambassador Card; this card stores all of your scores and can track your game progress. The idea is that you’ll take this card with you to bars and slide it into the Golden Tee machine there and continue your games there. It’s pretty much a memory card specifically for Golden Tee machines. And it’s not just special machines, all coin-operated machines will have a spot for your card.

The poor man’s Golden Tee only requires a television with the basic video and audio inputs (yellow and white) and a few AA batteries. Get yours for $60. It may not be the real thing, but it’s about 1000% cheaper. 😛

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5 reviews or comments

Rob Says: May 1, 2007 at 3:52 am

I got one of these and sadly have to report its not at all like the one in the bars. The graphics are awful – there is no vioce to say “wow” when you make that great shot. Heck, even the controls are clunky. I busted it out at a party and we all ended up playing Golden Tee on the M.A.M.E. emulator.

Looking on the bright side maybe I can hack it into a controller for M.A.M.E.


EEJ Says: May 1, 2007 at 8:52 am

I’ll have to second Rob’s comment.

My sister bought me this Golden Tee standalone for Xmas last year, and it’s just not worth playing.

My best friend and I have spent numerous hours playing video game golf, and were very excited to be able to use the trackball, but it just doesn’t measure up.

It’s also possible they have different versions out, as the one I received doesn’t look just like the one in the picture, and mine is the “original” Golden Tee, and not GT 99, or some other year since.

Hopefully they’ll come out with a newer standalone version that will better copy the arcade game experience.

Mike Says: May 1, 2007 at 6:13 pm

That’s kinda a bummer that it’s so dissapointing; you’re pretty much better off just going to the bar and playing a few games, or if you’re really in love with it, sell your car and buy it from the bar. 😛

Len Says: June 13, 2007 at 9:47 pm

Well if yer askin, and I knows ya aint, yer goin ta gets yer 2 cents werth anyhow. furstly this gamin box dont measure up to the real thingy. Them developer fellers thought they was doin some justice when in fact of the lite theyve dun one hell of a job. cant says that it is any werst then the original but its probably the best golfin game yous can gets for yer tv’s.

Kevin Says: June 26, 2007 at 1:40 pm

I bought my Golden Tee game (Big Electronics Game and/or My Big Games) brand new. It worked for 2 wks then broke. I’ve tried for almost 5 months to get the company to do something about it and they wont. They wont even return any communication. Do NOT buy!! Im out the money and now have this piece of junk cluttering my house. Worst product ever and terrible company to work with. But hey, it worked for 2 wks right…

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