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'''Golfing''' in the [[Grand Theft Auto series]] is primarily represented in the form of various golf courses, which first appeared in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]], as well as golfing tools and attire. However, only [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]] and [[The Ballad of Gay Tony]] episodic game for [[Grand Theft Auto IV]] features golfing as an actual [[minigame]].
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[[Image:Home'sontheRange-GTAVCS.jpg|thumb|350px|The golfing minigame in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]], during "[[Home's on the Range]]".]]
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'''Golfing''' in the [[Grand Theft Auto]] series is primarily represented in the form of various golf courses, which first appeared in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]], as well as golfing tools and attire. [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]], [[The Ballad of Gay Tony]] episodic game for [[Grand Theft Auto IV]], and [[Grand Theft Auto V]] are the only games so far to feature golfing as an actual [[minigame]].
  
 
== Golf in general ==
 
== Golf in general ==
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* [[Leaf Links]] in [[Vice City in GTA III Era|Vice City]] (GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories);
 
* [[Leaf Links]] in [[Vice City in GTA III Era|Vice City]] (GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories);
* The [[Avispa Country Club]] in [[San Fierro]] and [[Yellow Bell Golf Course]] in [[Las Venturas]] ([[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|GTA San Andreas]]); and
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* The [[Avispa Country Club]] in [[San Fierro]] and [[Yellow Bell Golf Course]] in [[Las Venturas]] ([[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|GTA San Andreas]])
* The [[Golden Pier Swingers Golf Club]] in [[Liberty City in GTA IV Era|Liberty City]] ([[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]] and episodic packs, and [[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars| GTA Chinatown Wars]]).
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* The [[Golden Pier Swingers Golf Club]] in [[Liberty City in GTA IV Era|Liberty City]] ([[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]] and episodic packs, and [[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars|GTA Chinatown Wars]]).
  
With the exception of the Golden Pier Swingers Golf Course (which is merely a driving range), these golf courses tend be depicted with open lawn areas, sand traps, water hazards, putting greens (complete with flag poles pinpointing golf holes) and the country club building itself; (non-interactive) tennis courts are also present within the Leaf Links and Avispa Country Club. It is also common for the player to spot golfer [[pedestrians]] and [[Caddy]] golf carts in and around the courses.
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With the exception of the Golden Pier Swingers Golf Course (which is merely a driving range), these golf courses tend be depicted with open lawn areas, sand traps, water hazards, putting greens (complete with flag poles pinpointing golf holes) and the country club building itself; (non-interactive) tennis courts are also present within the Leaf Links and Avispa Country Club. It is also common for the player to spot [[Leaf Link Golfers|golfer]] [[pedestrians]] and [[Caddy]] golf carts in and around the courses.
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The first trailer for [[Grand Theft Auto V]] depicts at least one golf course, the "Los Santos Golf Club" (seemingly based on the [[wp:Los Angeles Country Club|Los Angeles Country Club]]), as well as golfing pedestrians and a Caddy golf cart. According to Dan Houser in the December issue of Game Informer, there will be a full golf course to play in.
  
 
== Golf as a minigame ==
 
== Golf as a minigame ==
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[[File:Golf-TBOGT-teeingoff.jpg|thumb|325px|Teeing off during a round of golf in [[The Ballad of Gay Tony]].]]
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Golfing as an in-game activity is not available in GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas. In GTA Vice City Stories and The Ballad of Gay Tony, however, the player is given the opportunity to tee off at driving ranges in Leaf Links or the Swingers Golf Course.
 
Golfing as an in-game activity is not available in GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas. In GTA Vice City Stories and The Ballad of Gay Tony, however, the player is given the opportunity to tee off at driving ranges in Leaf Links or the Swingers Golf Course.
  
The game mechanics of the minigame in both games is similar in that the player is required to time their swings as accurately as possible by plotting a oscillating cursor on a bar as close as possible to a designated point, thereby resulting in a more accurate shot. In the Ballad of Gay Tony, the shooting mechanics is slightly improved to increase the challenge of gameplay; the further the target which the ball must go, the higher the point which the cursor must be plotted at is.
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The game mechanics of the minigame in both games are similar in that the player is required to time their swings as accurately as possible by plotting an oscillating cursor on a "power" bar as close as possible to a designated point, thereby resulting in a more accurate shot. In the Ballad of Gay Tony, the shooting mechanics is slightly improved to allow the player to point at the spot where they want the ball to land, while increasing the challenge of gameplay; the further the target which the ball must go, the higher the point which the cursor must be plotted at is.
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In GTA Vice City Stories, golfing is first introduced during "[[Home's on the Range]]", which also unlocks the [[Swinger's Club]] golfing side mission. Golfing in The Ballad of Gay Tony is available after completing "[[Practice Swing]]", after which it can be activated by accessing the front entrance of the Golden Pier's Swingers Golf Course; players can choose to play with an anonymous competitor, or play with any of Luis Lopez's friends.
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GTA V includes a full-fledged, 9-hole golfing minigame, taking place at the [[Los Santos Golf Club]].
  
In GTA Vice City Stories, golfing is only possible during "[[Home's on the Range]]". Golfing in The Ballad of Gay Tony is available after completing "[[Practice Swing]]", after which it can be activated by accessing the front entrance of the Golden Pier's Swingers Golf Course; players can choose to play with an anonymous competitor, or play with any of Luis Lopez's friends.
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<gallery>
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File:Golf-GTAV.jpg|An NPC playing golf in GTA V.
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File:Golf-GTAV-gameplay.png|The player playing golf in GTA V.
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</gallery>
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
 
* [[Leaf Link Golfers|Golfers]], a "gang" in GTA Vice City.
 
* [[Leaf Link Golfers|Golfers]], a "gang" in GTA Vice City.
 
* The [[Golf Club|golf club]] as a weapon.
 
* The [[Golf Club|golf club]] as a weapon.
* The [[Clothing in GTA Vice City|golfing attire]] in GTA Vice City.
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* The [[Caddy]], a golf cart used by golfers.
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* The [[Country Club Outfit|golfing attire]] in GTA Vice City.
 
* Non-interactive [[Firefly Island|Firefly Island miniature golf course]] in GTA IV.
 
* Non-interactive [[Firefly Island|Firefly Island miniature golf course]] in GTA IV.
  
 
[[Category:Minigames]]
 
[[Category:Minigames]]
 
[[Category:Sports]]
 
[[Category:Sports]]
[[Category:Features in GTA Vice City]]
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[[Category:Features in GTA Vice City Stories]]
 
[[Category:Features in The Ballad of Gay Tony]]
 
[[Category:Features in The Ballad of Gay Tony]]
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[[Category:Features in GTA V]]

Latest revision as of 15:55, 30 September 2014

The golfing minigame in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, during "Home's on the Range".

Golfing in the Grand Theft Auto series is primarily represented in the form of various golf courses, which first appeared in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, as well as golfing tools and attire. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, The Ballad of Gay Tony episodic game for Grand Theft Auto IV, and Grand Theft Auto V are the only games so far to feature golfing as an actual minigame.

Golf in general

The first depictions of golf in the GTA series appears in the form of golf courses in part of a city. They include:

With the exception of the Golden Pier Swingers Golf Course (which is merely a driving range), these golf courses tend be depicted with open lawn areas, sand traps, water hazards, putting greens (complete with flag poles pinpointing golf holes) and the country club building itself; (non-interactive) tennis courts are also present within the Leaf Links and Avispa Country Club. It is also common for the player to spot golfer pedestrians and Caddy golf carts in and around the courses.

The first trailer for Grand Theft Auto V depicts at least one golf course, the "Los Santos Golf Club" (seemingly based on the Los Angeles Country Club), as well as golfing pedestrians and a Caddy golf cart. According to Dan Houser in the December issue of Game Informer, there will be a full golf course to play in.

Golf as a minigame

Teeing off during a round of golf in The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Golfing as an in-game activity is not available in GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas. In GTA Vice City Stories and The Ballad of Gay Tony, however, the player is given the opportunity to tee off at driving ranges in Leaf Links or the Swingers Golf Course.

The game mechanics of the minigame in both games are similar in that the player is required to time their swings as accurately as possible by plotting an oscillating cursor on a "power" bar as close as possible to a designated point, thereby resulting in a more accurate shot. In the Ballad of Gay Tony, the shooting mechanics is slightly improved to allow the player to point at the spot where they want the ball to land, while increasing the challenge of gameplay; the further the target which the ball must go, the higher the point which the cursor must be plotted at is.

In GTA Vice City Stories, golfing is first introduced during "Home's on the Range", which also unlocks the Swinger's Club golfing side mission. Golfing in The Ballad of Gay Tony is available after completing "Practice Swing", after which it can be activated by accessing the front entrance of the Golden Pier's Swingers Golf Course; players can choose to play with an anonymous competitor, or play with any of Luis Lopez's friends.

GTA V includes a full-fledged, 9-hole golfing minigame, taking place at the Los Santos Golf Club.

See also