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Posted: 14 months ago, last updated 9 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Everybody's Golf is a series of golf games that create a detailed, gentle electronic version of the game. Although there are cartoon characters the focus is on realism and positive encouragement as you make your way around the various courses. The controls, while simple to grasp, allow for improvement with practice and cater for experts as well as novices. Alongside the main games, a virtual-reality edition was released in 2019 and iOS game in 2021 with shorter rounds and tweaked controls.

Play involves lining up your shots, factoring in wind speed, incline and distance and then pressing a series of buttons to set power and time the point of impact. Timing is crucial to hit it with the power you need and you need to carefully consider the lie of the ball when you are on the fairway (or rough). In both the regular and VR editions you can use a single Playstation Move controller, similar to golf in Wii Sports which adds realism and more nuance to the controls.

By completing courses, you gain experience, which allows you to unlock new courses. You earn in-game currency which unlocks new characters, cosmetics and clubs. Alongside the golf, you can explore the courses on foot or in a golf cart, and can even go fishing if you wish.

The game is great for connecting with other gamers both in your house and around the world and allows you to greatly increase your skill and ability with practice, making it a rewarding and challenging experience.

There have been a number of games in the series, although until the release of Everybody's Golf (2017), they were known as Hot Shots Golf in the USA:
  • Everybody's Golf (1997) Playstation
  • Everybody's Golf 2 (1999) Playstation
  • Everybody's Golf 3 (2001) Playstation 2
  • Everybody's Golf 4 (2003) Playstation 2
  • Everybody's Golf Portable (2004) Playstation Portable
  • Everybody's Golf 5 (2007) Playstation 3
  • Everybody's Golf Portable 2 (2007) Playstation Portable
  • Everybody's Golf 6 (2011) Playstation Vita and Playstation 3
  • Everybody's Golf (2017) Playstation 4
  • Everybody's Golf VR (2019) Playstation VR
  • Clap Hanz Golf (2021) Apple Arcade

The iOS game updates the popular formula a little. You slowly earn a deck of players that can be picked to play each hole. Touchscreen controls offer the ability to swing with a flick of the finger as well as controller buttons.

All the versions of the game offer a light hearted and enjoyable way to enjoy a round of golf together. It stands out for the cheery encouragement it offers you, in what can be a hard and unforgiving game in the real world.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 17/07/1997, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP and iPhone, iPad

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (20 online)

Genres: Physically Active, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Hanz en (@Hanz_en)




Play Time: This game will take between 14 hours and 18 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 20-player online game. You can play with 4 players in offline multiplayer matches, and online, you can play with up to 19 other players in the same way. You can customise the game settings to make the play experience suit you and the other players.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

In the US, ESRB state: Players can customize characters with various outfits, including tube tops and fishnet stockings; one customizable movement category (“sexy”) can depict characters in mildly provocative poses. The words “damn” and “hell” appear in the dialogue.

The VR edition is rated ESRB EVERYONE for Comic Mischief. One sequence depicts a caddie slapping the player/camera in an attempt to squash a mosquito.

Skill Rating

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

Account Rating

  • You need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.


Everybody's Golf usually costs £7.99 to £29.99.

Everybody's Golf

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
You can buy cosmetics and extra maps. 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.


Our Everybody's Golf Accessibility Report documents 24 accessibility features:
This page highlights the accessibility for the latest main game in the series, Everybody's Golf (2017) in this report. Older games may not have all the features indicated here.

When in single-player mode, you can select from a variety of difficulties. On harder difficulties, you get more experience and rewards, but the opponents are more proficient. In multiplayer modes, you cannot adjust the difficulty.

Because the power of your shot is dependent on when you hit the ball, you'll need to be able to react quickly. Lining up your shot also requires quite precise inputs.

Some of the text in the game can be quite small, and some parts of it can blend in with the background. The subtitles, however, which are present in virtually all areas, save your victory cry, are always large, clear, and of high contrast. Because of this, the entire game can easily be played without sound.

If you want to, you can use a single Playstation Move controller, similar to the way you use a Wii remote in Wii Sports golf, to aim and take your shots in a motion similar to the action of real golfing. You can also simply use a regular Playstation controller in both the VR and non-VR versions. You can use one motioned touch control in the Clap Hanz Golf iOS version of the game.

The HUD displays lots of information, all of it crucial for getting the perfect shot. There is also a game map that clearly shows your location and the hole's location. The grid which you use to line up your shot, along with other aspects of the game, can sometimes get lost in the background, making them occasionally difficult to see.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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