The Golf Club 2019 Featuring PGA TOUR announcement

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« on: May 21, 2018, 10:43:07 AM »
FOR RELEASE May 21, 2018


PGA TOUR Career Mode added to award-winning “The Golf Club” video game
Game will feature career path through Web.com Tour, rivalries, sponsor goals
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA and NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA
– The PGA TOUR returns to the video game space in an exciting new way this summer when a comprehensive PGA TOUR Career Mode is integrated into the award-winning “The Golf Club” franchise for Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One and PC platforms.

Through a licensing agreement with Canadian developer HB Studios, the career mode in “The Golf Club 2019” takes a player on an authentic journey through Q-School, the Web.com Tour and a 32-tournament PGA TOUR season, including the FedExCup Playoffs, to become the FedExCup Champion. As players progress and complete challenges, they will attract sponsors who will offer rewards for continued success.

Launching in August, “The Golf Club 2019” will feature six precise replicas of renowned TPC courses: Summerlin, Scottsdale, Sawgrass, Southwind, Deere Run and Boston. The PGA TOUR and HB Studios will continue to support the golf videogame community into the future by adding authentic tournament courses and ensuring the best possible play experience for fans of the sport.

“We are so excited for the launch of The Golf Club 2019 featuring the PGA TOUR that highlights some of our best tournaments,” said Len Brown, PGA TOUR Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President of Licensing. “This will allow our fans to take the same path to the PGA TOUR by earning their card through the Web.com Tour.  Additionally, this will give gamers the opportunity to play under the same tournament conditions that our players face week in and week out.  We are thrilled with this partnership.”

CAA Sports Licensing, on behalf of the PGA TOUR, helped broker the relationship with HB Studios.

HB Studios launched the original The Golf Club in 2014 followed by a highly rated sequel in June 2017. HB Studios is Atlantic Canada’s largest independent video game developer, established in 2000. HB Studios has an 18-year heritage of working on the industry’s leading sports games and franchises.

“We are absolutely ecstatic and proud to be an official licensee of the PGA TOUR, one of the most prestigious sports organizations in the world,” said Alan Bunker, CEO of HB Studios. “This further validates that HB Studios has the number one golf video game on console and PC platforms. With the inclusion of PGA TOUR content and the support of this fantastic organization, it will elevate our game even higher and provide our users with an even more authentic video game golfing experience.”

PGA TOUR Career Mode
Users will begin their career in the Web.com Tour qualifying tournament, the start of a journey to become a PGA TOUR member. Finishing in the top 75 in this event qualifies for entry into the Web.com Tour. In a streamlined season, users will have multiple ways of advancing to the PGA TOUR to begin their professional career. Finishing in first place in three of the six events will automatically earn a PGA TOUR card for early promotion. Finishing in the top 25 on the money list after the six events will also earn early promotion to the PGA TOUR. Once on the PGA TOUR, users will join the PGA TOUR and compete for the FedExCup over 32 events. Throughout each PGA TOUR season, not only will they compete for the top spot on the leaderboards, they will be working to achieve sponsorship goals for in-game rewards and competing against rivals.

Rivalries
Once on the PGA TOUR, a player’s skills are noticed, leading to a rivalry with another player on TOUR. Over the following events they will compete head-to-head to prove who is the better player, not only on the leaderboard but also statistically. Players will compete for points in Number of Strokes, Front 9 Score, Back 9 Score, Birdies or Better, No Bogey Round, Best Hole and Worst Hole. The first player who reaches 20 points overall wins the rivalry and the bragging rights before moving on to the next challenge.

Sponsor Goals
On the road to the FedExCup Playoffs, a player will attract the attention of various sponsors, who will offer an opportunity to represent their brand while completing challenges throughout each season. The better the performance, the more attention a player will draw from sponsors. A player will have to manage partnerships and challenges for rewards. Each sponsor comes with three levels where a player will have to complete 1-3 challenges to receive a reward. 

Licensed Courses
Throughout the PGA TOUR Career Mode, players will experience some of the most well-crafted user generated courses, as well as the authentic PGA TOUR tournament courses: TPC Summerlin (home of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course (Waste Management Phoenix Open), TPC Sawgrass’ THE PLAYERS Stadium Course (THE PLAYERS Championship), TPC Southwind (FedEx St. Jude Classic and future home of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Championship), TPC Deere Run (John Deere Classic), and TPC Boston (Dell Technologies Championship). 

About HB Studios
Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, HB Studios is an electronic entertainment software company that specializes in creating console, mobile, handheld and PC games. To date, HB has shipped 49 titles, selling over 27 million units, and contributed to 20 others. More information about HB Studios and its products can be found on our website, www.hb-studios.com. Join the official game community forum via www.thegolfclub2019.com.

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About PGA TOUR
By showcasing golf’s greatest players, the PGA TOUR engages, inspires and positively impacts our fans, partners and communities worldwide.

The PGA TOUR co-sanctions more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Series-China. Members on the PGA TOUR represent the world’s best players, hailing from 25 countries (85 members are from outside the United States). Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 226 countries and territories in 23 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations to maximize charitable giving. In 2017, tournaments across all Tours generated a record of more than $180 million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the all-time total to $2.65 billion. The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2018, 11:00:33 AM »
WOW!

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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2018, 11:05:13 AM »
now I REALLY can't wait!
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2018, 11:06:21 AM »
What a cou to get the license away from EA Sports. Stoked!

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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2018, 11:06:43 AM »
Love the choice of those courses....so looking forward to career mode now.

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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2018, 11:09:32 AM »
This all sounds great, but TGCTours and to a lesser degree Teetogreens.com have been the most rewarding experiences I've had playing video game golf. I hope the community created experience doesn't take a back seat to this.
In my opinion TGC1 with it's Tours and Tournaments with the above announcement will be great...I'm not a fan of Societies in their current form.

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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2018, 11:14:49 AM »
SO great to see HBS get their crack at the PGA TOUR license!

Launching in August, “The Golf Club 2019” will feature six precise replicas of renowned TPC courses: Summerlin, Scottsdale, Sawgrass, Southwind, Deere Run and Boston.

Going to be great to see someone give Career Mode a proper platform, now with a PGA TOUR license....love the courses above, especially Summerlin, Scottsdale, Sawgrass, and Southwind.....
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2018, 11:18:35 AM »
Not sure if anybody else noticed it said launching in August!  :)

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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2018, 11:18:56 AM »
I deleted your post for vulgarity. We support TGCT. And we just made a major announcement which is great for the future of The Golf Club and all its users. Let's enjoy the moment.

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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2018, 11:19:39 AM »
Good spot on the launch month ;)

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« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2018, 11:20:21 AM »
Honestly, this is bigger news than I thought it would be!  Bringing in six, authentic, laser mapped PGA Tour courses, the PGA TOUR license, and I'm guessing at least PGA TOUR player names (hopefully all statistically or attribute built to yield scores representative of their relative positions in the PGA) will add a lot of appeal to many gamers who have stayed on the fence about this game thus far.

I gotta ask this question though, based on this statement in the press release:

"Over the following events they will compete head-to-head to prove who is the better player"

The rational side of me says when you say "compete head-to-head", you're not meaning against an attribute based, 3-D avatar of that PGA TOUR golfer; you're speaking of competing against a score/leaderboard position/statistical category standing of, other PGA TOUR players or  "Rivals"?

Another question concerning the six authentically recreated PGA TOUR courses: are they going to mix and match course themes, as needed, to give you all the assets you need in one package to create what would be a truly 'authentic' PGA TOUR licensed course?

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« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2018, 11:20:33 AM »
Not sure if anybody else noticed it said launching in August!  :)

.... subject to change    ;)

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« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2018, 11:24:47 AM »
Congratulations HB!!  My birthday is in August - Happy birthday to me!!  OK, video, we need video.  Video, video, video  ;D
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« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2018, 11:24:59 AM »
Honestly, this is bigger news than I thought it would be!  Bringing in six, authentic, laser mapped PGA Tour courses...

And think of how great they will look in 4K/HDR!  ;D

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« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2018, 11:25:43 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhvpAnokl-k

not to much there,got to be honest no idea which 4 courses are on show there.
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