PGA TOUR 2K23 is a golf video game developed by HB Studios and published by 2K Sports. It is the third game in the PGA TOUR 2K series and is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC via Steam.

The game gives you the chance to experience what real golf is like through the virtual world and is very beginner-friendly, allowing newcomers and veterans alike to enjoy golf together.

It’s golf time

Right off the bat, the game will give you the option to choose the difficulty you want to play on. Luckily, they have the beginner level which will basically hold your hand throughout the game. The game will teach you the basics of golf, from club swinging to golf slicing.

They’ll even show a step-by-step guide on how to control the ball’s spin force and change the ball’s flight angle. It may be overwhelming at first, but I can assure you that it’s very useful for players who have no golf experience like me.

To add to the beginner-friendly aspect, golf has all those skills that are really hard to learn but thanks to the practice mode, you have plenty of time to learn them.

With TopGolf mode you can make your training session even more fun. This mode allows multiple players to play together and all you have to do is hit your golf ball in designated areas on the course to score. Each area has different scores and the one with the highest score wins.

There are slopes and bunks you need to avoid and even a selection of clubs and swing distance to choose from in this mode. It’s basically a free-for-all game, so you can have fun while practicing your skills.

Going back to the difficulty for beginners, the game will help you in your golf sessions, for example by recommending where to drop your ball and what clubs to swing the ball with. There’s no need to hold your hand from A to Z, as things like slope, wind direction, and speed aren’t taken into account. So you will have to adjust your direction when swinging.

As you get better at golf using beginner mode, you can choose to change the difficulty to take it even higher. From the “Amateur” difficulty, you will have to start taking into account the strength of your shot. Too little or too much force put into your swing will badly affect the trajectory of your golf ball.

As you go up in difficulty, the support you get from the game will gradually disappear and it will be your skills and golf experience that will guide you now.

It’s time to start my career

Like all other sports games, PGA TOUR 2K23 has its own career mode. In this mode, you will create your own characters and progress to become a golf superstar by winning competitions.

In PGA TOUR 2k23, there are more options available for you to customize your character compared to the previous game, with some of them locked behind the paid battle pass. In the beginning, you can set your attributes and the type of shots you are good at. As you progress through the game, you can improve your golf performance by adding points to your attributes and replacing your club parts.

Career mode basically gives you the real experience of a golf tournament from a standard 18-hole golf match, golf courses that evolve with their real counterparts accompanied by professional commentary. You have the freedom to choose the difficulty of the tournaments you wish to participate in. If you feel confident enough, you can even register for the Top Professional Tour for your first Tour.

To be frank, these are all repeated elements from their previous games, but surprisingly they still haven’t lost their charm in 2K23. Coupled with the comments and cheers from the crowd, it only pushes the atmosphere of realism to the roof.

Of course, just like its previous games, the novelty eventually wears off as you spend more time playing the game. Even more so when you’re not a golf fan, much like me. Having to go through the long 18-hole matches and the repetitive cycle of swinging your club to shoot your golf ball slowly wears you down.

Your own dream golf course

Tired of playing the same old course choices all the time? Well, in PGA TOUR 2K23 you have the opportunity to create the golf course of your dreams. Course details from positions, terrain heights and all of that is customizable for you. With cross-platform support, you can even share your creation with the world to play online and locally.

Players new to golf might not enjoy it as much, as you will need to consider many things to make the course playable. Of course, an unplayable golf course doesn’t mean you can’t create it. Go crazy with your imagination and have fun with it.

You might not be able to erase it, but who knows, when you share it with the world, someone might be able to.

Hole in the thoughts

For a sports game with a high skill ceiling in reality, PGA Tour 2K23 is quite reasonable in its difficulty and is very beginner-friendly. From step-by-step instructions that guide you through your golf sessions to a fun practice time with TopGolf mode. Beginners who have no golf experience can definitely find enjoyment in playing this game.

Golf veterans can find fun in the game too, with the Top Professional Tour in career mode or even creating their own dream golf course filled with challenges they want to complete.

However, those who were never into golf to begin with might have to give this one a pass. Of course, with TopGolf mode and creating your own golf course is a nice distraction from their main gameplay, it’s still that: golf.

If you’re like me and had no prior golf experience, you can now understand the basics of golf, but if you don’t like the sport itself, you may not want to continue playing. You can pick it up if you had friends to play with, but other than that, not so much.

For golf lovers and those with an interest in golf who want to experience the thrill of swinging a club in a virtual world, PGA TOUR 2K23 is the best choice for you.

Advantages

The inconvenients

Easy to learn and very beginner friendly

Lack of different game modes outside of golf

TopGolf is a nice mode to practice and just have fun

Designing a course is too overwhelming for beginners

PGA TOUR 2K23 review