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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]]".]]
 
[[Image:Home'sontheRange-GTAVCS.jpg|thumb|350px|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. 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]]. It has been confirmed to be available again in [[Grand Theft Auto V]].
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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]][[The Ballad of Gay Tony]] episodic game for [[Grand Theft Auto IV]], [[Grand Theft Auto V]] and [[Grand Theft Auto Online]] feature golfing as an actual [[minigame]].
   
== Golf in general ==
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==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:
 
The first depictions of golf in the GTA series appears in the form of golf courses in part of a city. They include:
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*[[Leaf Links]] in [[Vice City in GTA III Era|Vice City]] (GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories);
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*The [[Avispa Country Club]] in [[San Fierro (3D Universe)|San Fierro]] and [[Yellow Bell Golf Course]] in [[Las Venturas (3D Universe)|Las Venturas]] ([[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|GTA San Andreas]]);
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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 [[Episodes From Liberty City|episodic packs]], and [[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars|GTA Chinatown Wars]]); and
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*The [[Los Santos Golf Club]] in [[Los Santos (HD Universe)|Los Santos]] ([[Grand Theft Auto V]] and [[Grand Theft Auto Online]]).
   
* [[Leaf Links]] in [[Vice City in GTA III Era|Vice City]] (GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories);
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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|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 [[Avispa Country Club]] in [[San Fierro]] and [[Yellow Bell Golf Course]] in [[Las Venturas]] ([[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|GTA San Andreas]]); and
 
* 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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==Golf as a minigame==
 
== Golf as a minigame ==
 
 
[[File:Golf_Club-TBoGT.png|thumb|75px|The [[Golf Club]] in [[The Ballad of Gay Tony]].]]
 
[[File:Golf_Club-TBoGT.png|thumb|75px|The [[Golf Club]] 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.
 
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 it 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 are 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 it is.
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In GTA Vice City Stories, the golf minigame, [[Swinger's Club]], is unlocked by completing the mission "[[Home's on the Range]]".
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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|Luis Lopez's]] friends.
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In Grand Theft Auto V, golfing returns as a minigame, with much improved mechanics and gameplay. To play a round of golf, the player must walk up to the entrance of the [[Los Santos Golf Club]] and pay an entrance fee of $100. The golfing minigame consists of hitting the golf ball towards the green and then putting it into the hole in the least number of hits possible. Between hits, the player is allowed to drive the [[Caddy]] to the next hit (this step can be skipped). All three players can play golf with each other as an activity, as seen [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfrZ-Y-wCR8 here], though the character who instigates the game has to pay for both rounds. If the player begins a game of golf alone, several [[NPC]] members will be available as opponents:
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*Todd Rosenweig <small>(Easy)</small>
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*Aaron Ingram <small>(Normal)</small>
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*Jeff Miller <small>(Normal)</small>
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*Glenn Mather <small>(Hard)</small>
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*[[Castro Lagano]] <small>(Hard)</small> - The player must complete his random event before Castro is available for golfing.
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In [[GTA Online]], the player is able to play golf with other online players in the same session. The game mechanics for golf remain the same in GTA Online, however now the player is able to wager money when he plays against his opponent. 
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==Trivia==
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*In GTA V, if the player is playing against an opponent, and the player skips between his shot and the opponent's shot several times very quickly, when the opponent goes up to hit, he may be holding an invisible golf club. The club will return to normal after the player's turn.
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*After the round of golf in GTA V, the player can kill his opponent(s) just like any other pedestrians. They will not die permanently, however and will always be available for the next round.
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**Killing them and playing again constantly will cause them to glitch out of the world, but this does not affect gameplay.
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*In GTA: Vice City Stories, in the final round, if you don't hit the ball hard, so it's not falling in the water, leaving the game after final round is done, the ball will be still there, it can't be moved by shooting it or running on it (even if it's solid). If you try to get he Caddy nearby, the ball will disappear.
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*Unused golf animations appear in GTA IV, hinting that Golf was meant to reappear in the original IV.
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*In GTA Online, due to a glitch, a weapon from your online player's inventory (such as a pistol or assault rifle) may suddenly appear in his hands while the golf club is in his hands too, and you will be unable to put it away. Attempting to swing the club while the weapon is in the player's hands will result in the player's arms appearing humorously deformed and distorted out of shape, however this strange visual glitch does not affect the minigame's mechanics. However, when your player's turn is done, the weapon will disappear. 
   
In GTA Vice City Stories, the golf minigame is unlocked by completing the mission "[[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==
== Gallery ==
 
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
 
Golf-TBOGT-teeingoff.jpg|Golf in [[The Ballad of Gay Tony]].
 
Golf-TBOGT-teeingoff.jpg|Golf in [[The Ballad of Gay Tony]].
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Michael_Ingame-golf1.GTAV.jpg|Ingame footage of Michael playing golf in [[GTA V]].
 
Michael_Ingame-golf1.GTAV.jpg|Ingame footage of Michael playing golf in [[GTA V]].
 
Michael_Ingame-golf2.GTAV.jpg|Another ingame photo of golf in [[GTA V]].
 
Michael_Ingame-golf2.GTAV.jpg|Another ingame photo of golf in [[GTA V]].
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GolfClub-GTAV.png|Golf at the country club.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
   
== See also ==
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==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 [[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]]
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[[Category:Features]]
 
[[Category:Features in GTA Vice City Stories]]
 
[[Category:Features in GTA Vice City Stories]]
 
[[Category:Features in The Ballad of Gay Tony]]
 
[[Category:Features in The Ballad of Gay Tony]]
 
[[Category:Features in GTA V]]
 
[[Category:Features in GTA V]]
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[[Category:Features in GTA Online]]
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[[Category:Hobbies and Pastimes]]

Latest revision as of 02:17, August 3, 2014

Home'sontheRange-GTAVCS

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. However, only Grand Theft Auto: Vice City StoriesThe Ballad of Gay Tony episodic game for Grand Theft Auto IVGrand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online feature golfing as an actual minigame.

Golf in generalEdit

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.

Golf as a minigameEdit

Golf Club-TBoGT

The Golf Club 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 are 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 it is.

In GTA Vice City Stories, the golf minigame, Swinger's Club, is unlocked by completing the mission "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.

In Grand Theft Auto V, golfing returns as a minigame, with much improved mechanics and gameplay. To play a round of golf, the player must walk up to the entrance of the Los Santos Golf Club and pay an entrance fee of $100. The golfing minigame consists of hitting the golf ball towards the green and then putting it into the hole in the least number of hits possible. Between hits, the player is allowed to drive the Caddy to the next hit (this step can be skipped). All three players can play golf with each other as an activity, as seen here, though the character who instigates the game has to pay for both rounds. If the player begins a game of golf alone, several NPC members will be available as opponents:

  • Todd Rosenweig (Easy)
  • Aaron Ingram (Normal)
  • Jeff Miller (Normal)
  • Glenn Mather (Hard)
  • Castro Lagano (Hard) - The player must complete his random event before Castro is available for golfing.

In GTA Online, the player is able to play golf with other online players in the same session. The game mechanics for golf remain the same in GTA Online, however now the player is able to wager money when he plays against his opponent. 

TriviaEdit

  • In GTA V, if the player is playing against an opponent, and the player skips between his shot and the opponent's shot several times very quickly, when the opponent goes up to hit, he may be holding an invisible golf club. The club will return to normal after the player's turn.
  • After the round of golf in GTA V, the player can kill his opponent(s) just like any other pedestrians. They will not die permanently, however and will always be available for the next round.
    • Killing them and playing again constantly will cause them to glitch out of the world, but this does not affect gameplay.
  • In GTA: Vice City Stories, in the final round, if you don't hit the ball hard, so it's not falling in the water, leaving the game after final round is done, the ball will be still there, it can't be moved by shooting it or running on it (even if it's solid). If you try to get he Caddy nearby, the ball will disappear.
  • Unused golf animations appear in GTA IV, hinting that Golf was meant to reappear in the original IV.
  • In GTA Online, due to a glitch, a weapon from your online player's inventory (such as a pistol or assault rifle) may suddenly appear in his hands while the golf club is in his hands too, and you will be unable to put it away. Attempting to swing the club while the weapon is in the player's hands will result in the player's arms appearing humorously deformed and distorted out of shape, however this strange visual glitch does not affect the minigame's mechanics. However, when your player's turn is done, the weapon will disappear. 

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

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