Video game golfers jonesing for The Tradition Unlike Any Other got a double dose of bad news earlier this week: EA Sports' next PGA Tour game, which hasn't published since 2013, won't have Augusta National or The Masters, currently in the third round today.
They're not without alternatives, though. The Golf Club by HB Studios — the rara avis of sports video games, the unlicensed indie title — features a course editor, and its members have carefully constructed "Magnolia National" for everyone to play. Free. Every platform. It looks damn good, and nails the key scenery of the Augusta National Golf Club, from Amen Corner's second shot on No. 11 to the death-defying wraparound drive on the par 5 No. 13.
Magnolia National and its championship pin placements were designed by Craig LeVasseur.
The Golf Club is available on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One and, furthermore, its users' created courses are shared across all platforms — which is no small feat. That's huge; it brings a lot of variety to a game that otherwise has no licensed, real-world courses.
To find Magnolia National, select "All Courses" when you set up your match and then just search for "Magnolia." There are six courses — "casual" (the shorter "members" tees), Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (the championship-length tees and respective pin placements), and even the nine-hole par-3 course where 75-year-old Jack Nicklaus got a hole-in-one on Wednesday.