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Everybody's Golf (1997) is a series of golf games that create a detailed, gentle electronic version of the game. Although there are cartoon characters the focus is on realism and positive encouragement as you make your way around the various courses. The controls, while simple to grasp, allow for improvement with practice and cater for experts as well as novices. Alongside the main games, a virtual-reality edition was released in 2019 and iOS game in 2021 with shorter rounds and tweaked controls.

Play involves lining up your shots, factoring in wind speed, incline and distance and then pressing a series of buttons to set power and time the point of impact. Timing is crucial to hit it with the power you need and you need to carefully consider the lie of the ball when you are on the fairway (or rough). In both the regular and VR editions you can use a single Playstation Move controller, similar to golf in Wii Sports which adds realism and more nuance to the controls.

By completing courses, you gain experience, which allows you to unlock new courses. You earn in-game currency which unlocks new characters, cosmetics and clubs. Alongside the golf, you can explore the courses on foot or in a golf cart, and can even go fishing if you wish.

The game is great for connecting with other gamers both in your house and around the world and allows you to greatly increase your skill and ability with practice, making it a rewarding and challenging experience.

There have been a number of games in the series, although until the release of Everybody's Golf (2017), they were known as Hot Shots Golf in the USA:
  • Everybody's Golf (1997) Playstation
  • Everybody's Golf 2 (1999) Playstation
  • Everybody's Golf 3 (2001) Playstation 2
  • Everybody's Golf 4 (2003) Playstation 2
  • Everybody's Golf Portable (2004) Playstation Portable
  • Everybody's Golf 5 (2007) Playstation 3
  • Everybody's Golf Portable 2 (2007) Playstation Portable
  • Everybody's Golf 6 (2011) Playstation Vita and Playstation 3
  • Everybody's Golf (2017) Playstation 4
  • Everybody's Golf VR (2019) Playstation VR
  • Clap Hanz Golf (2021) Apple Arcade

The iOS game updates the popular formula a little. You slowly earn a deck of players that can be picked to play each hole. Touchscreen controls offer the ability to swing with a flick of the finger as well as controller buttons.

All the versions of the game offer a light hearted and enjoyable way to enjoy a round of golf together. It stands out for the cheery encouragement it offers you, in what can be a hard and unforgiving game in the real world.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Everybody's Golf 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated a year ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Rhythm and Traversal game with Physically Active, Simulation and Sports elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 20-player online game. You can play with 4 players in offline multiplayer matches, and online, you can play with up to 19 other players in the same way. You can customise the game settings to make the play experience suit you and the other players.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 14 hours and 18 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

In the US, ESRB state: Players can customize characters with various outfits, including tube tops and fishnet stockings; one customizable movement category (“sexy”) can depict characters in mildly provocative poses. The words “damn” and “hell” appear in the dialogue.

The VR edition is rated ESRB EVERYONE for Comic Mischief. One sequence depicts a caddie slapping the player/camera in an attempt to squash a mosquito.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up.

Account Rating

  • You need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.


Everybody’S Golf

PlayStation Store PS4 Free Free

PS Plus Extra

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
You can buy cosmetics and extra maps. 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 17/07/1997, updated in 2021

Out Now: PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP and iPhone, iPad

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (20 online)

Genres: Rhythm, Traversal (Physically Active, Simulation and Sports)

Accessibility: 24 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Hanz en (@Hanz_en)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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