Total Pro Golf 2
Has anyone else tried the game? Bill Harris was talking about it over at Dubious Quality. After having tried it for a few days, I have to say that I see the draw. In a way, it reminds me of Dwarf Fortress, where you take a somewhat sparse game and make your own story.
My first player had a great debut season in the minor tour, winning three tournaments and graduating to the big leagues. He's struggled a bit on the main tour, and is in danger of having to go back to qualifying school. Currently, however, he's leading a late season event after the first day. A good finish could push him high enough on the money list to keep him on the tour, but he's broken under pressure before. Can he stay on the tour? This is what makes the game exciting. I'd say it's the most addictive PC game that I've played since Galactic Civilizations II.
One thing I'd suggest, though, is that I greatly favor the one-click swing method, as opposed to the three click method, which seems to be the default. I started with the three click method, and was frustrated a bit at the jerkiness of the swing meter. On reflection, that's probably the game modeling the nerves of your player, but I found it annoying.
Over time, my player settled down and playing with the meter got easier, to the point where it became pretty easy to shoot good scores (I still struggled with putting, though-- my guy must need more work there.) From there, if I wanted my guy to do well, I just took over, instead of having the computer simulate scores.
That may be fun for some, but it irked me. I switched over to the one-click method that was the original game mechanic. This seems to be a nice middle ground, where your golfer's ratings determine the shot, but you determine the strategy (Go for the green in two? Try a tricky punch shot out of the woods?)
This is a somewhat unusual game, but I could see playing it for a long time. It could serve me well as a casual game, where it's easy to just pick up and play a bit, as opposed to Gal Civ II, which tends to demand hours from me.