I know. The name NEO Turf Masters sounds like a game about modern landscaping rather than golf. But don’t let that dissuade you. This 1996 NEO GEO videogame has a great balance between arcade fun and technical skills. However, it’s not turn-based. There is always a timer going that doesn’t allow you to put a lot of thought into club selection and shot type.
I’ve played NEO Turf Masters a few times but not in a long while so, Game 1 was not a masterpiece. The biggest issue was that I should have been hitting high shots when trees were in my way. It seems obvious now, of course. My second game, using the same golfer and course, was much improved and I had some birdies that kept my score manageable despite an 8 on one hole.
Game 1 – Golfer: Technician, Course: Baden, Place: 27th, Score: 78 +6
Game 2 – Golfer: Technician, Course: Baden, Place 11th, Score: 69 -3
Note: I’m using SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 on the Wii to play this title.