Pebble Beach Golf Links (Mega Drive)

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Pebble Beach Golf Links
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega
Distributor: Majesco Sales (US re-release)
Licensor: Pebble Beach Company
Original system(s): PC-9801
Genre: Sports[1][2] (golf)

Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,8008,800 G-5525
Sega Mega Drive
$54.9954.99[4] 1231
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
$169.95169.95[8] FPEB00SMC
Sega Mega Drive
Non-Sega versions

New 3D Golf Simulation: Pebble Beach no Hatou (ペブルビーチの波涛) is a 1992 golf game for the PC-98 by T&E Soft in their New 3D Golf Simulation series which takes place at the Pebble Beach Golf Links golf course in California. T&E Soft ported the game to the Sega Mega Drive in 1993 along with three other New 3D Golf Simulation games; however, unlike those three ports, this one did receive an international release under T&E's equivalent True Golf Classics label as Pebble Beach Golf Links.


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Driving and putting

The game is a golf game set at Pebble Beach Golf Links, a scenic golf course situated on the coast of Carmel Bay in California. The game renders the terrain using flat-shaded polygons (with sprites overlaid for objects such as trees and the golfers), which allows for 3D flyover views of each hole and for the player to rotate the view during gameplay.

The cartridge has a battery backup that can store data for up to ten players, including the game in progress, statistics such as the player's best scores and average strokes per hole, and replays of up to ten holes-in-one and double eagles for each player. Players can customize the appearance of their golfers by choosing from eight golfers (four male and four female) and eight caddies (also four male and four female).

Every hole starts from the same tee position. On each shot, the game shows the current player, the stroke, and the distance to the cup in the bottom-left corner, and the wind direction and speed and the lie of the ball in the top-right corner. A map of the hole, with the total distance and the par, appears on the right side of the screen. The course is depicted in 3D, so the player can rotate the view with Left or Right or raise or lower the view with Up or Down.

The player can start making a shot by pressing C. Selections are confirmed with C, while B goes back. The first choice is which club to use; the caddy makes a default suggestion. The game shows the estimated drive distance for each club. The player can then adjust the golfer's stance, which affects the draw or fade of the shot. The swing meter appears and fills and empties, which the player can stop at the desired level to decide the power of the swing. Then a dot sweeps a ball, which the player can stop at any point to determine where the club will hit the ball. Hitting the right side causes the ball to fly to the left, and hitting the left side causes it to fly to the right. Hitting the low side of the ball increases the height of the shot but decreases the distance traveled.

The player can view the hole by pressing A or open a menu by pressing B. The menu includes options to overlay a contour grid, show the hole, watch a replay of the last shot, open the game options, or show the scorecard. The player can hide the interface and the golfer, leaving only the environment, by pressing  START .

Weather effect vary randomly. As a seaside course, wind is a major factor, and the direction and intensity changes every game and can affect the trajectory of shots. Rain additionally reduces the distance of drives and adds resistance to putts.


The game has a Quick Start menu item that continues the last played game in progress (or starts a new tournament if there is no previous game).

  • Tournament Play: A one-to-four-player game. Players compete in a tournament consisting of 48 total golfers on the full 18 holes. The current standings are displayed after each hole.
  • Skins Match: A two-to-four-player game. Each hole has a cash prize (called a "skin") that is awarded to the golfer with the lowest score on that hole. If two or more players tie, the money for that hole is carried over to the next hole. After the first hole, the player who completed the last hole in the fewest strokes tees off first on the next hole. At the end of the round, the player with the most money is the winner. Players can set a handicap and a wager for each hole (with a minimum wager of $10,000 per player per hole).
  • Stroke Play: A one-to-four-player game. Players compete to complete the entire course in the fewest total number of strokes. In one-player games, the player competes against the course's par rating; otherwise, the player with the lowest score wins.
  • Match Play: A two-player game. 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. At the end of the round, the player who won the most holes is the winner. The winner is declared early if a player has won more holes than remain in the round.
  • Practice Play: One to four players can choose any hole to play. As in the other modes, weather conditions vary randomly.


Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach Golf Links
Japanese ペブルビーチの波涛 New 3D Golf Simulation: Pebble Beach no Hatou

Production credits

  • Producer: Toshiro Yokoyama
  • Director: Eiji Yokoyama
  • Program Staff: Eiji Kato, Hiroatsu Kono
  • Graphic Staff: Toyokazu Hattori, Koichi Goto
  • Sound Staff: Yumi Kinoshita, Shigekazu Kamaki, Yusaburo Shimojyo
  • POLYSYS Staff: Katsuhisa Ota, Hideaki Shinmura
Licensed by Pebble Beach Company
© 1993 SEGA
© 1992 T&ESOFT
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  11. Console Mania, "Aprile 1994" (IT; 1994-0x-xx), page 75
  12. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "April 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 40
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  19. MAN!AC, "05/94" (DE; 1994-04-13), page 64
  20. Magazina Igrushek, "4/1995" (RU; 1995-xx-xx), page 59
  21. Player One, "Novembre 1994" (FR; 1994-1x-xx), page 148
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