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Sid Meier's SimGolf

Windows - 2002

Alt name SimGolf
Year 2002
Platform Windows
Released in France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, United States (2002)
Japan (2003)
Genre Simulation, Sports
Theme Golf, Licensed Title, Managerial
Publisher Electronic Arts, Inc.
Developer Firaxis Games East, Inc.
Perspective Isometric
4.4 / 5 - 100 votes

Description of Sid Meier's SimGolf

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Good movies are made by good directors, not big-name studios (although certainly the studios' deep pockets are necessary to fund ambitious projects). Hence, blockbusters from Disney, Miramax, Universal or any other studio would be nothing without the talented directors and crew behind them.

Computer games are no different: great designers, not the companies themselves, are what guarantee a good game. It should come as no surprise to anyone, then, that the combined talents of Sid Meir and Will Wright - arguably two most well-known names in the industry today - would produce something special. That game is Sid Meier's SimGolf, a veritable tour de force that combines Sid Meier's skills in crafting an accessible and challenging strategy game engine with Will Wright's by-now famous digital people from The Sims (which I actually don't think is a very good game).

Sid Meier's SimGolf is essentially a golf course/club simulation that lets you design your own courses, manage the golf club, and even play your own creation. The game automatically calculates the par for every hole you design, and shows you the route golfers will take. As soon as you open your first hole, golfers will begin to appear, and it won't be long before your course is full of flying miniature golf balls and amusing speech bubbles from golfers who talk in the now-legendary "Simese" speech The Sims fans will feel at home with.

Similar to other please-the-consumer games like Theme Park and Rollercoaster Tycoon, you will have to pay close attention to the happiness of golfers. You must hire enough employees to maintain the course, provide golfers with drinks, and even hurry along those players who take too long on the hole (thereby upsetting other golfers who are waiting to play). The more you expand your course and attract more golfers, more buildings and other options become available. In addition to a wide variety of terrain and trees to plant on the course, you will soon be able to build snack shops, marinas, resort hotels, and even holiday homes you can sell to rich members ("Silver Member" level and above). If your course is really attractive, you will even get a celebrity such as Jennifer Elopes to purchase a house - and watch their amusing antics on your course.

Similar to SimCity series of games, you will be awarded landmarks to place on the course once enough celebrities become happy customers. Although designing courses is already a lot of fun, you have a more long-term goal in the game: entice the golf championship board to host a tournament on your course. When that happens, you can use your very own pro golfer to compete for prize money in the tournament. Before you can host a championship, your course needs to conform to various specifications such as length of course, number of certain holes, etc. The number of specifications your course fulfills determines the level of prestige - and hence prize money - of the championship. Each Sim golfer has his or her own name, personality, appearance and dialogue that are fully customizable.

As great as the game is, it is the numerous subtle touches from Sid Meier that elevate it from "outstanding" to "must-have." For example, you can make more money by pairing up golfers who share similar personalities (outgoing, playful, etc.). They will start the round happier and pay higher green's fees on the first hole. Golfers that you have paired up are also more likely to have a 'story' (i.e. an ongoing story between them, shown in the speech bubbles) than those automatically paired by the computer.

With plenty of nuances and a constant challenge to get the difficulty level "just right" (i.e. neither too difficult as to frustrate golfers, nor too easy as to make them bored), golf on the computer has never been more addictive or interesting. Whether or not you play golf in real life, Sid Meier's SimGolf is a must-have if you enjoy business simulations or strategy games. Two thumbs up, and a venerable induction into our Hall of Belated Fame.

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THEALIEN96 2024-05-13 0 point

I'm trying to run this in CrossOver for mac but keep getting a black screen once the titles clip is done. Any ideas what the issue could be?

GolfWang 2024-02-25 1 point

I am trying to get this to run for me and my computer doesn't even react to running the application after downloading. Would love to play if possible

Tricky 2024-01-08 0 point

It locks up my computer and I have to do a hard reboot.

kean 2023-12-20 2 points

*i can confirm working for me!*
currently on Window10 home and i ran the "golf" file from the rip folder. initially no sounds but game loads fine visually.. i quit the game and run the reg batch file and the setup batch file and started the game after and now it functions with sound! its fully working thus far for me (only 3 holes test) and its full screen defo not demo sandbox mode and tried to start 3 courses on easy mode just to mess about and it works. the camera panning is my only complaint as its slightly laggy but i can live with it. my settings are compatiblity to XP service pack 3, run as admin, disable full screen optimisations and uncheck the rest - hope this helps someone!

MrmaccNZ 2023-11-01 -3 points

OMG! I love this game and have wanted to play it again for years! I have downloaded it, done the reg fix issue and the game loads with sound but when I get to selecting the first course location i just get a blue spinning wheel. Any ideaS?

I am not a tech and dont know what files to look at. I am running windows 10.

pleeeease help i love this game so much!!!

sandman 2022-08-07 0 point

where do i find the game patch and nocd patch

KDGzero 2022-08-01 -5 points

For those having an issue with sound, try running the Regsetup executable. That seems to properly associate the game with the Registry and fixed the sound for me.

Throwback Gmr 2022-07-12 0 point

Windows10 - ran RIP and patch. Am able to get into the game and main menu but when I select a course, it freezes up. Thoughts? Ideas?

Jinxo 2022-06-26 0 point

What is this NOCD????

zwei 2022-06-14 1 point

Using QEMU with WinXP guest (and NOCD patch), only the 'cirrus' video driver works. QXL even with guest tools installed and other driver permutations seem to fail with a black screen and an unresponsive game.

CD 2022-03-28 3 points

Windows 10. Use the RIP file instead of the ISO. Extract file. Extract patch file into that location. Right click golf.exepropertiescompatibility. Select Windows XP service pack 2 and run as admin. Run app. Thanks all.

Fodder 2022-03-23 0 point

I had the flashing black screen and not working. I changed screen resolution to PC 800x600 - worked first time!

DustyBottomsAmigo 2022-02-27 3 points

Game works great except no sound.

Scotty 2022-02-24 1 point

Are there any clear instructions at all? I can download the no cd patch but that is it. HOW do you replace the no cd file and HOW do you log onto windows 10 as an administrator. Plenty of non intelligible advice but no real step by step instructions.

Dave888 2022-02-09 -1 point

I've managed to get the ISO image "mounted" but there is no "Autoplay" option when I right click the drive as instructed.

I think we might need clearer instructions in how to use Daemon Tools

golfpilot 2022-01-23 0 point

I've got a 5900x and 3090 with a 32 inch 4k monitor and the majority of my time gaming is spent playing this game. If I could have only one game on my computer, this would be it.

JM 2022-01-12 2 points

This works on my Windows as of Jan. 2022

1. Download ISO Version
2. Extract the file (anywhere at this point)
3. Right-click and MOUNT the file
4. Open the setup file (this is the installer) and install the app in your drive and the where you put your games.
5. Input the CD key indicated on the uploader's comment.
6. After installing, right-click on the golf application and choose "Troubleshoot Compatibility" pick WinXP (Serv pack 2) and run as administrator.
7. Download NOCD and extract the files INSIDE the game's file and just choose replace all.
8. Do this step for the patch as well and just extract inside the game folder and replace all.


Johnny 2022-01-09 0 point

Works great on Windows 11. For those that are having trouble getting to run on this version of Windows, download the ISO, run the installer, then download the "NOCD" game extra.

Bryan Burke 2021-11-28 0 point

Hey guys. Can some make a vid or better explain what you mean by mount the disk image.

scott 2021-08-01 -5 points

cant get this to work , followed everything but dont get what yous mean by mount ?

Siris 2021-07-21 -2 points

Oh man, I used to play this constantly!
Thank you for bringing back some great memories. I can't wait to dive back in.

Confirmation: Clyde's method works!
run compatibility on - XP Service Pack 2
I've also reduced color to 8 Bit (256)

Please note: Patch and No CD are separate downloads below the game download.
(took me a while to stumble around before figuring that out)

Another FYI - Use the product code for the game that is listed in the comments. (it was said before but it is important)

Neptune 2021-07-20 1 point

Run It in VirtualBox windows xp

how to install windows xp on VB:

then follow Clyde's instructions (minus compatibility mode) and move all the files into your VirtualBox shared folder and it works perfectly

Neptune 2021-07-12 0 point

So i installed the patch (i believe) but I'm having trouble "replacing the .exe game file, like i have the nocd Mounted but its mounted on a separate drive do i need to somehow mount them together or what? also johnny idk if youll; see this but the cd key
is at the bottom of the comments

Johnny 2021-05-27 1 point

The Windows ISO version requires CD key :(

Gill 2021-02-26 -1 point

I Everyone.

I Followed all the instructions, Mount, patch, nocd, service pack 2. I open game and the screen goes black and tries to resize and crashes.

Any idea what went wrong?

Danidius 2021-02-08 0 point

Thanks so much Clyde! I got to play this gem of a game again.
Thanks myabandonware too!

Olback 2021-01-25 -3 points

Clydes instructions worked for me

NeedsHelp 2020-09-11 2 points

So, when i try to install or uninstall it says it has had a "catastrophic failure". Can anyone help me?

admin 2020-08-31 0 point

Converted the image to .iso for easier use

Svenska 2020-08-31 0 point

Clyde's 3-step instructions on 2020-08-27 worked for me, but I needed to take an additional step before I could mount the disk image. I had to convert the .bin file within the "ISO Version" download to an .iso file. To create the .iso file, I used the freeware "WinBin2Iso," which is available here:

Hope this helps others!

Clyde 2020-08-27 23 points

1st: ------------------
- Download the "ISO VERSION";
- Then mount the disk image (I use daemon tools lite works great and its free);
- Right click your new drive and select "Open AutoPlay"
- Install the game and use game key provided in this comments section;

2nd: -----------------
- Download the game patch and no-cd patch;
- Install the game patch first;
- Then swap out the installed golf.exe for the one provided in the no-cd patch download;

3rd: -----------------
- Change compatibility to WinXP (serv pack 2) and set to Run as Administrator;


david 2020-08-21 0 point

OK, I'm not so bright.
Can someone please provide instructions on how to install on Win10? I downloaded the 4 files below.

Can't figure out what the ISO-version is.
I unzipped the RIP version and assume this is the installed location.
I ran the Patch file and installed it in the same RIP folder as golf.exe
I ran the compatability check (XP patch 3 was the only option on my comp).
No dice.

Thanks for your feedback!

dkab 2020-08-10 2 points

In Windows 10, set golf.exe to run in compatibility mode for Windows XP (Service Pack 2).

m_ar 2020-08-05 2 points

unable to get past the second layer of game menus (selecting where you'd like to build your course) without the game becoming non-responsive. Win10

admin 2020-07-25 1 point

Thanks Clyde, I think the "demo" was a full RIP, I extracted the patch and noCD, they are now in separate downloads.

Clyde 2020-07-24 2 points

Hi everybody!,
So i discovered a fix by accident. After i couldn't get the full game to work, I said f*** it and downloaded the demo. In the zip file I noticed two extra files; One being a patch for the FULL GAME and the other being a "no-cd patched" exe game file..... So I said "What the hell!" and first ran the patch update (I still had the full game installed [p.s. I have windows 10 and have experienced the black screen to desktop with no error]) then I exchanged the "golf.exe" file with the one in the "SIMGOLF.102.ENG.MYTH.NOCD.ZIP" folder........... and OMG IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

------- I hope this helps others
Your Friend,

Babylovesim 2020-07-23 -1 point

your download requires some conversion and loaded to a disk. this had a download, that was just a small program. my disk drive isnt working, so i cant download this.

Tandoori 2020-05-11 2 points

I found the solution. You'll need a no cd patch to get it to work on Windows 10. Apparently for some security reasons Windows 10 doesn't allow accessing virtually mounted drives or something.

Tandoori 2020-05-11 0 point

Like some others, I can't run this on Win10. Installed using the serial number provided but not able to start even with Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode,

That Guy 2020-05-08 -1 point

Yeah, unfortunately, this copy of an amazing game will not run in Windows 10. The serial number will get you through installation (Thanks PQXF) but it just wont run. Anyone have some insight?

pqxf 2019-12-18 14 points

Here's a serial number for the full version 2495-6442747-3576919-6013
Use UltraISO to convert from B6I/B6T to BIN/CUE

Mt-Player 2019-08-25 1 point

When I download it, it just comes as a file.
Not a playable format, what am I doing wrong?

FroggieLongTongue 2019-08-10 1 point

What's the serial number at the back of the box? :)

Floppy Waffle 2018-06-15 3 points

You have to run this in Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode to get this to work on Windows 10

BigBird 2018-05-02 -13 points

I'm having a lot of trouble getting this to run on Windows 10, anyone had success?

MAM 2017-01-21 -7 points

It's the demo

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