I started playing Golden Tee Golf when I was around 14 or 15 years old.
My dad would drag me down to the local Moose Lodge with him occasionally. He would basically give me $20 to get away from him and I would throw it into the GT machine. Sometimes I would play alone and other times I would play with the old men(they were probably middle-aged but I was young).
I mostly didn’t know what I was doing at that stage. I was simply shooting for par or maybe a little better. The old men taught me to use my 7-iron to chip the ball in. I was having fun.
My dad eventually stopped going to the Moose Lodge and I stopped playing. I eventually turned 21 and was able to legally be in bars but I spent most of my time playing pool. Occasionally I would play a game or 2 of Golden Tee. $5 per game it was a bit too expensive for me on my pizza manager salary at the time. Especially when I could play pool instead and probably win a drink or two.
Fast forward about 5 years and I live in a different state with a new job that pays more money. I start playing a few games a night each time I go out. This was fun for a while until I realized how much of my money I was spending on a video game. I was getting better but not enough to consistently win money in online play. I was good enough to get pushed into the top bracket and then I would get stomped.
I was looking at my stats one day and noticed that I had played around 200 games in the last 3 months. This isn’t a lot for most serious players but it was more than I had ever played and I knew it probably wasn’t going to stop anytime soon. A few weeks later I decided that it would be cheaper to learn and get better if I were to just buy a machine.
I poked around the interwebz for a bit until I stumbled on a 2018 Golden Tee Home Edition Cabinet.
At $4000+ after taxes it wasn’t a small purchase. At $5 per game in the bar plus food/gas/drinks, the Home Edition seemed like a better long term option. So I pulled the trigger.
It has been about 14 months since I made my purchase and I have already played ~2100 games on my Golden Tee Home Edition.
To justify the purchase, I just pretend that if I hadn’t bought the machine I would have spent $5 on each of those games…
2100 games x $5 = $10,500
$4,000 sounds better than
$10,500 to me.
Sadly that isn’t all it costs to own a Golden Tee Home Edition Cabinet and play it as it was meant to be played.
Every year you get to pay $400 for the yearly update. The update does get you 5-7 new courses but that is still the price of a brand new next gen gaming console every year. On top of the yearly update you also pay $10 per month to connect your Golden Tee Home Edition Cabinet to the internet so that you can play with other people online.
The amount of “in-app purchases” are beginning to make the game feel like a giant cash grab from the company that makes it. Unfortunately I’m obsessed with the game so I mostly just hand them money whenever they ask for it. I am a real victim.
I can’t help but wonder if the game would be more popular if they weren’t nickel and diming everyone that looked at the machine.
Before I bought the machine, my personal best score was
-17. At the time of this post, my personal best is
It’s also worth noting that I will be going to the 2019 Golden Tee World Championship in Las Vegas. I went in 2018 and I had a blast. I will be competing in the CTTP contest for a chance to win 1 of the 2 remaining spots in the World Championship.