Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf

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Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf
Publisher: Sega,
Commodore Amiga
Atari ST
Elite Systems
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Amiga, Atari ST
Genre: Sports

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥6,000 G-4014
Sega Mega Drive
$59.99[1] 1203
Sega Mega Drive
US (Classic)
$29.95 1203C
Sega Mega Drive
£34.99[2] 1203
Sega Mega Drive
?F 1203
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? 1203
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas 1203
Sega Mega Drive
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
R$? ?

Commodore Amiga
£? ?
Atari ST
£19.99[3] ?

Ozaki Naomichi no Super Masters (尾崎直道のスーパーマスターズ) is a 1989 golf game by Sega for the Sega Mega Drive and a sequel to Jumbo Ozaki Super Masters. When brought overseas, it was renamed Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf.

The game was ported to the Amiga and Atari ST by Elite Systems as Tournament Golf.


The game is a typical pseudo-3D golf game from the era. Use the D-pad to first select your club, then to aim your shot using the map on the left side of the screen. Hit A to initiate the swing. A meter with a blue bar and a green bar will appear on the top right corner of the screen. Hit A when the meter hits the desired point on the blue bar to determine the strength of the shot, then hit A again when the meter hits the desired point on the green bar to determine the height of the shot.

Should you go too high over par on any hole, the entire game ends and you must start again at the beginning.

Despite its Western name, the late Arnold Palmer does not appear in the game, save for a cameo on the title screen. While Western box art suggests the player is competing in the "Arnold Palmer Tournament" there is no reference to this in-game nor in the manual. The Japanese version devotes a section of its manual to Ozaki Naomichi but likewise, the golfer is largely absent from the game.

Fantasy Zone Minigame

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Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf contains a number of references to Fantasy Zone (namely the "sound select" screen, which has an Opa-Opa cameo), however it also contains an obscure Fantasy Zone minigame.

To access it, the player needs to hit the ball 100 times on the first stage without getting to the green. Doing so will trigger a game over screen. On that screen, the player needs to input UpUpDownDownLeftRightLeftRightA and they will be taken to a watered down version of the first Fantasy Zone stage, Plaleaf.

The aim is not to destroy bases (it's an option, though destroying both bases will end the game), but instead simply stay alive. There is no scrolling, though if Opa-Opa travels to the edge of the screen, he will appear at the other edge. Getting killed will end the game. B shoots forward, C drops bombs, and the score increases as time goes on. Opa-Opa's shots can counter enemy projectiles in this minigame, and every enemy requires several shots to be destroyed.

Ozaki Naomichi no Super Masters does not have this minigame; instead, the Game Over screen shows a still image drawn by Toyo Ozaki and hangs.

Production credits

(Note: The credits are taken from the Japanese version, as it's the only version to contain staff credits.)

Main Staff
  • Psychic Coordinator: Mr.Decky
  • Invisible Angel (みえない てんし): Chiel
  • Ultra Playful (うるとら おちゃめな): Bo
  • Man to Rule the Future World (しょうらい せかいを せいする おとこ): Ore
Sub Staff
  • Gen (げん): Gen
  • Mizoran Shadow Programmer (ミゾラン かげのプログラマー ): Mizoran
  • Sat Man (サット マン): Sat Man
  • No Rest for the Wicked (びんぼー ひまなし): Shakkin Oh
  • Blue Purple (ブルーパープル): Blue Purple
  • Emilyn (えみりん): Emilyn
  • Moomo (もーも): Moomo
  • Eiro (イーイロ): Eiro
  • Shizuoka Tarou (しずおか たろう): Sizuokataro
  • Tarnya (ターニャ): Tarnya
  • Turbo (たーぼ): Turbo

Presented by SEGA

One of eight preset names will briefly appear in the "player name" field during the attract mode demo. These names are actually references to the developers. The names are largely different between the Japanese and international versions of the game. Presented in order of appearance:

Ozaki Naomichi no Super Masters
  • みなみ (Minami)
  • てらさき (Terasaki)
  • にしむら (Nishimura)
  • ささき (Sasaki)
  • みぞぐち (Mizoguchi)
  • あだち (Adachi)
  • わかばやし (Wakabayashi)
  • さとう (Satou)
Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf

Magazine articles

Main article: Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

GamePro US 011.pdfGamePro US 011.pdfGamePro US 011.pdf

Mega Drive print advert in

GamePro (US) #11: "June 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
also published in:

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #12: "July 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[4]

SegaVisions US 01.pdfSegaVisions US 01.pdfSegaVisions US 01.pdf

Mega Drive print advert in

Sega Visions (US) #1: "June/July 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
also published in:

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #13: "August 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[5]

  • GamePro (US) #12: "July 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[6]

  • VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) #18: "July 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[7]

ACE UK 37.pdf

Home computers print advert in

ACE (UK) #37: "October 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
also published in:

  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #107: "October 1990" (1990-09-16)[8]

  • ACE (UK) #38: "November 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[9]

  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #108: "November 1990" (1990-10-16)[10]

PowerPlay DE 031.pdf

Home computers print advert in

Power Play (DE) #10/90 (1990-09-14)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
85 №4, p26[11]
91 №13, p116
84 №4, p78
84 №4, p64
85 №1, p76[12]
83 №3, p58-60[13]
70 №5, p52[14]
87 №4, p60/61[15]
83 №15, p24/25
60 №23, p52
82 №1, p23[16]
81 №18, p64
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
12 reviews

Mega Drive, US
APTG MD US Box.jpg
APTG MD US Cart.jpg
Aptg md us manual.pdf
Mega Drive, US (Sega Classic)
APTG MD US Box Classic.jpg
APTG MD US Cart.jpg
Aptg md us manual.pdf
Mega Drive, EU
APTG MD EU Box.jpg
APTG MD EU Cart.jpg
Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf MD EU Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, JP
APTG MD JP Box.jpg
APTournamentGolf MD JP CartTop.jpg
APTournamentGolf MD JP Cart.jpg
Supermasters md jp manual.pdf
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
ArnoldPalmer MD BR cover.jpg
APTG MD BR Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, CA
APTG MD CA Box.jpg
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Amiga version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
73 №13, p72[17]
Commodore Amiga
Based on
1 review

Amiga, UK

Atari ST version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
72 №13, p174
80 №34, p60[3]
Atari ST
Based on
2 reviews

Atari ST, UK
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TournamentGolf AtariST UK Disk1.jpg
Disk 1
TournamentGolf AtariST UK Disk2.jpg
Disk 2

Mega-Tech version


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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 35b995ef
MD5 c77d184d22c4e6a5a365e99a0721aebb
SHA-1 76ab194beafcf9e9d5bc40a8e70e2a01d7e42a5b
512kB 1989-06 Cartridge (US/EU)