Gaming greats – PGA Tour Golf (1991)

 There we'd been, happily chugging along with the Leader Board series and its bland expanses of green course on the Spectrum and C64, when PGA To

There we'd been, happily chugging along with the Leader Board series and its bland expanses of green course on the Spectrum and C64, when PGA Tour Golf teed itself up on the Mega Drive and Amiga.Even people with no interest in ever playing golf suddenly found an appreciation for the old game.It certainly wasn't because of groundbreaking graphics - it was all about a startlingly effective control system, true-life courses and competition options that actually made you feel like you were part of something bigger.Taking part in a proper four-round tournament, you were constantly updated with a leaderboard containing all the bona-fide pros of the day - silly-named greats such as Paul Azinger, Fuzzy Zoeller, Curtis Strange and Mark Calcavecchia. And at the end you were presented with prize money that would accumulate throughout your career.Then there was the Skins competition: a multi-player event where money could be won on each hole, with a rollover whenever a hole was tied. Going neck and neck through four or five holes and then winning or losing that pot of money was more thrilling than you might imagine golf could ever get.As for the courses, finally seeing legendary locations such as Sawgrass and Doral rendered with a certain degree of accuracy was a bonus for any golf fan.After tons of sequels, the PGA Tour series finally morphed into Tiger Woods PGA Tour in 2001 and remains the finest virtual golf experience you can buy for your console.