How to Play Free Golf Online

Let’s face it, most of us can’t go out and play golf every single day (ok, some of us can, but more on that in another post).

So what’s the next best scenario? Short of convincing your boss to install a putting green in the office, it’s signing up for one of the many free online golf games that you can find floating around the internet.

While there’s a bunch of them out there, they definitely aren’t all created equal. So let’s take a look at some of the best options and keep you entertained in the midst of all those TPS reports that you probably should be filing instead.

World Golf Tour

World Golf Tour (WGT) was the first free golf game I found online.

I remember sitting at my desk job in 2009 and I stumbled across it and thought it was the best thing ever.

I played dozens of rounds of golf on Bali Hai trying to beat my scores on their challenges.

One of the first things that you’ll notice about WGT is just how stunning it looks.  Unlike a traditional golf video game they basically take photos from the actual courses and place the player and ball animations on top of it, so the graphics look truly spectacular.

As a good online game should be, there are plenty of opportunities to compare scores with friends and strangers – and luckily they’ve also expanded their course offerings since my desk job days to include offerings like The Olympic Club, Bethpage Black and over a dozen more.

Ocean Course WGT

The graphics are second to none with World Golf Tour

As with most free apps these days they provide the opportunity to buy points which give you upgraded attributes like balls and clubs, but for the casual player this probably won’t be necessary.  If you want to do that just go invest your $50 in Tiger Woods for your PS3 instead.

One thing I do like about WGT is that you can pick any hole on any course they have and jump in and play right away. As someone whose favorite aspect of these games is playing the different courses – this is pretty cool.

Best For: People who would rather play short mini games than a full round of golf.

Tiger Woods Online

I only recently found out about the free online version of the Tiger Woods series -and I’ve gotta say I was pretty impressed.

WGT had always been my go to for free golf online, and I wasn’t sure how Tiger Woods would hold up.

Tiger Woods Online

TPC Sawgrass in Tiger Woods Online

I was immediately put off when I had to download an extra program in order to play the 3D course through my browser, but I’ve gotta admit, I’m glad I did.

Unlike WGT this is an actual 3D video game and feels just like any of the other versions of the game you may have played on your phone or video game console.

There’s a plethora of options that include different game modes, and a variety of different courses as well.

After playing 18 on Tiger Woods, I have to admit, I enjoyed it quite a bit more than WGT.  The super simple controls with your space bar worked better for me than the clunky dragging motion of World Golf Tour.

As with WGT they try and get you to buy upgraded stuff in Tiger Woods, but for no cost you can play at least one round a day which is probably going to be plenty.

They also built in superior replayability with their accomplishments and experience points – for instance after hitting my first birdie I actually felt like I did something noteworthy!

Best For: People who already love the Tiger Woods series and want to play at work.

Shot Online

Do you take your video games really seriously? Do you like World of Warcraft? Then Shot Online may be for you.

A traditional Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) game, this is probably the most in depth of all the games and probably not for the casual player.

I’ll even admit, it appeared to be a little too much for my tastes, but I included it after getting a couple emails from readers about it.

If you didn’t like WGT or Tiger Woods, this is a different take on the golf video game and could be exactly what you’re looking for.

Best For: The true videogame nerd who also happens to like golf.

What did I miss? What free online golf games are you playing right now?




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