Golf Magazine: 36 Great Holes Starring Fred Couples

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Golf Magazine: 36 Great Holes Starring Fred Couples
System(s): Sega 32X
Publisher: Sega
Sound driver: GEMS
Peripherals supported: Six Button Control Pad, Team Player
Genre: Sports[1][2] (golf)

Number of players: 1-8
Release Date RRP Code
Sega 32X
¥8,8008,800 GM-5002
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega 32X
$74.9974.99[4] 84602
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega 32X
Sega 32X
DM 139.00139.00[6] 84602-50
Sega 32X
Sega 32X
£59.9959.99[7] 84602-50
Sega 32X
$109.95109.95[8] FGOL05SXC
Sega 32X
Tectoy: Todas as Idades

Golf Magazine: 36 Great Holes Starring Fred Couples, called Golf Magazine Presents 36 Great Holes Starring Fred Couples (ゴルフマ ガジン プレゼンツ 36グレート ホールス スターリング フレッド・カプルス) on the boxart and in Sega of Japan's archive, is a golf game developed by Flashpoint Productions and published by Sega exclusively for the Sega 32X.

Both Sega Mega-CD[9] and Sega Mega-CD 32X versions of the game were once planned, but cancelled.


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Driving and putting

The game is a golf game played on 36 different holes taken from 27 famous US golf courses. Professional golfer Fred Couples is playable and does commentary. The game also allows players to create up to 24 custom golfers, with an editor allowing the player to choose from 12 male and 6 female golfers, customize their appearance, choose their tee color, and select their clubs. The tee color (red for ladies, white for amateur, blue for pro) affects the golfer's starting position on each hole. The game uses a battery backup to track player statistics and can save up to four instant replays and four games in progress.

On each shot, a wind sock shows the wind direction and intensity and another inset shows the ball lie. The player can bring up a draw/fade meter with A to control the hook or slice of the shot with Left or Right and adjust the golfer's stance with Up and Down. The player can switch between a drive, a putt, or a chip shot with B.

The player aims the shot with Left and Right. The player starts a backswing with C, which shows the stroke meter. A marker moves to the left in the red range to indicate the distance of the shot, which the player stops with C. Each notch on the meter represents 10% of the distance potential of the selected club, with the last notch being 100%. Then a marker moves to the right in the blue range to indicate the accuracy of the shot, which the player again stops with C. The player tries to stop the marker as close to the middle notch on the accuracy meter as possible. Stopping before this point causes the ball to hook to the left; stopping after this point causes the ball to slice to the right. Missing it by a large margin can cause the golfer to whiff the shot. Stopping the distance marker past the last notch overswings, which can potentially travel farther than the distance potential of the club but speeds up the accuracy meter.

With a Six Button Control Pad, the player can switch to an overhead view of the hole with X, toggle an inset overhead view with Y and toggle an overlay contour grid with Z. The grid is automatically used when on the green. These options are also available from the pause menu with  START . The pause menu also has options for practicing a swing ("Address"), dropping the ball to a nearby location (at the cost of a stroke), viewing the leaderboard (in a tournament), viewing the scorecard, checking the player's statistics, saving or loading a game, or changing the game options.


There are several play modes:

  • Stroke Play: Players compete to complete all holes in the fewest number of strokes. Supports one to eight players.
  • Tournament: A stroke play tournament against computer-controlled golfers. All golfers use black tees in this mode. Supports one to eight players.
  • Skins: Players compete for prize money (called a "skin") on each hole. The player with the lowest score wins the skin for the hole; if two or more players tie, the hole is "halved" and the skin is carried over to the next hole. Skins are worth more money as the round progresses. The player who wins the most money (not necessarily the most holes) wins. All golfers use black tees in this mode. Supports two to four players.
  • Shoot-Out: A competition in which the player with the highest score is eliminated after each hole. If two players tie for highest score, they vie in a "chip off," where the players chip from the same spot, and the player whose ball stops farthest from the hole is eliminated. Supports two to eight players.
  • Scramble: A competition for two teams of two, three, or four players in which only the "best ball" (closest to the hole) for each team is played. Each member of the team takes a shot, and all members of the team take their next shot from the position of their team's best ball. Only the best score per hole is recorded for each team. Supports four to eight players.
  • Match Play: Two players compete to see who can win the lowest score on each hole. If both players tie on a hole, neither player wins the hole and the game moves on to the next one. Supports two players.

For each mode, players can choose to play "Fred's Favorite" 18 holes, the longest 18, the shortest 18, "The Gauntlet" (the 18 most difficult holes), a random 18 holes, or all 36 holes. Players can also create a "custom course" of up to 36 holes by arranging the holes in any order.

Multiple players can share control pads or use separate control pads. Players are assigned a pad prior to starting a game.

There is also a practice mode where the player can practice driving or putting and chipping or choose any hole in the game to play.


Course Location Hole Distance
Poppy Hills Golf Course California Hole 1 413 yards, par 4
Hole 16 409 yards, par 4
The Boulders (South) Arizona Hole 1 381 yards, par 4
Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands Course) Georgia Hole 18 507 yards, par 5
Half Moon Bay Golf Links California Hole 18 428 yards, par 4
Prairie Dunes Country Club Kansas Hole 8 422 yards, par 4
Hole 10 185 yards, par 3
Tidewater Golf Club South Carolina Hole 3 145 yards, par 3
The Otesaga Leatherstocking Golf Course New York Hole 18 505 yards, par 5
The Homestead's Cascades Course Virginia Hole 4 198 yards, par 3
Hole 16 525 yards, par 5
The Coeur D'Alene Resort Golf Course Idaho Hole 14 147 yards, par 3
The Greenbrier (The Greenbrier Course) West Virginia Hole 2 403 yards, par 4
The Bay Hill Club Florida Hole 18 414 yards, par 4
Blackwolf Run Golf Course (River Course) Wisconsin Hole 9 316 yards, par 4
The Concord Golf Club (Monster Course) New York Hole 10 416 yards, par 4
Innisbrook Hilton Resort (Copperhead Course) Florida Hole 14 549 yards, par 5
Kemper Lakes Golf Club Illinois Hole 18 384 yards, par 4
The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island South Carolina Hole 13 371 yards, par 4
Disney's Palm Florida Hole 18 439 yards, par 4
Disney's Eagle Pines Florida Hole 17 415 yards, par 4
Olympic Fields Country Club (North) Illinois Hole 3 439 yards, par 4
Hole 14 444 yards, par 4
Firestone Country Club (South Course) Ohio Hole 16 625 yards, par 5
Firestone Country Club (North Course) Hole 17 174 yards, par 3
Doral Golf Resort and Spa (Blue Course) Florida Hole 18 425 yards, par 4
Torrey Pines (South Golf Course) California Hole 16 203 yards, par 3
PGA National Golf Course (Championship Course) Florida Hole 15 168 yards, par 3
Tanglewood Park (Championship Course) North Carolina Hole 4 382 yards, par 4
Bethpage State Park (Black Course) New York Hole 5 446 yards, par 4
Wild Dunes Links (Links Course) South Carolina Hole 17 375 yards, par 4
Hole 18 501 yards, par 5
Mauna Lani Resort (South) Hawaii Hole 15 202 yards, par 3
The Dunes Golf and Beach Club South Carolina Hole 13 545 yards, par 5
Harbour Town Golf Links South Carolina Hole 17 176 yards, par 3
Hole 18 478 yards, par 4

Production credits

Copyright © PGA TOUR.
US manual
36greatholes 32x us manual.pdf

Magazine articles

Main article: Golf Magazine: 36 Great Holes Starring Fred Couples/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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NL flyer
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Print advert in Score (CZ) #10: "Říjen 1994" (1994-10-01)
also published in:
  • Score (CZ) #11: "Listopad 1994" (1994-11-01)[11]
  • Score (CZ) #12: "Prosinec 1994" (1994-12-01)[12]
  • Score (CZ) #13: "Leden 1995" (1995-01-01)[13]
  • Score (CZ) #14: "Únor 1995" (1995-02-01)[14]
  • Score (CZ) #15: "Březen 1995" (1995-03-01)[15]
Print advert in Hobby Consolas (ES) #43: "Abril 1995" (1995-xx-xx)


Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
74 [16]
Sega 32X
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR)
Computer & Video Games (UK)
Digitiser (UK)
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
Games World: The Magazine (UK) PAL
Joypad (FR)
Mega (UK) PAL
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
Mega Play (US) NTSC-U
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
Next Generation (US) NTSC-U
Player One (FR)
Play Time (DE)
Saturn Fan (JP) NTSC-J
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
Sega Power (UK) PAL
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
Sega Force (SE)
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
Todo Sega (ES)
Top Consoles (FR)
Video Games (DE) NTSC-U
VideoGames (US) NTSC-U
Sega 32X
Based on
27 reviews

Golf Magazine: 36 Great Holes Starring Fred Couples

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Technical information

Main article: Golf Magazine: 36 Great Holes Starring Fred Couples/Technical information.


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