21 August 2013

Episode 147: Golf Games

Golf games have proven to be a great source of music in past episodes, so Brent and Rob finally dedicate an entire episode to golf games and really dig up some good tracks, many of which are pretty elevatory and jazzy.  Full track listing below.

Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year (North American release unless otherwise indicated)

New 3D Golf Simulation: Devil's Course - Shigekazu Kamaki, Yusaburo Shimojyo, Yumi Satake (Yumi Kinoshita) (arr.), Shunsuke Minomiya (arr.), Akira Tamada (arr.) - Coffee Break - T&E Soft - Mega Drive - 1994

Great Golf - unknown - Title Screen - Sega - Sega Mark III - 1986

Top Player's Golf - Kikuko Hataya - Shiny Afternoon (Main 4) - SNK - Neo Geo - 1991

Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf - Tokuhiko Uwabo - BGM 3 - Sega - Genesis - 1989

New 3D Golf Simulation: Harukanaru Augusta - Kazunori Hasegawa, Shigeru Tomita, Yumi Satake (Yumi Kinoshita) (arr.), Hiroshi Morita (arr.), Shigekazu Kamaki (arr.), Yusaburo Shimojyo (arr.) - BGM 2 - T&E Soft - Mega Drive - 1993

Golf Club: Birdie Rush - unknown - Main BGM - Data East - Famicom - 1987

New 3D Golf Simulation: Waialae no Kiseki - Yumi Satake (Yumi Kinoshita), Shunsuke Minomiya, Shigekazu Kamaki, Hiroshi Morita, Yusaburo Shimojyo, Akira Tamada - Menu - T&E Soft - Mega Drive - 1994

Ganbare! Golf Boys - Atsuhiro Motoyama - Take It Easy - Masaya/Dual - PC Engine - 1989

Winning Shot - unknown - Menu - Data East - PC Engine - 1989

HAL's Hole in One Golf - Jun Ishikawa (?) - Take a Rest - HAL Laboratory - SNES - 1991

True Golf Classics: Pebble Beach Golf Links - Kazunori Hasegawa, Shigeru Tomita, Yumi Satake (Yumi Kinoshita) (arr.) - Main Menu - T&E Soft - SNES - 1992

Battle Golfer Yui - Naka-chan 3-sai, Kenta-kun. Yada!, Maru-chan wa omotta, Kyoporiran - Finale - Santos/Sega - Mega Drive - 1991

Power Golf - unknown - Title Screen - Hudson Soft - TurboGrafx-16 - 1989

Chi Chi's Pro Challenge Golf - Masahito Miyamoto - gameplay - Virgin Interactive/Soft Machine - Genesis - 1993

Putter Golf - E. Fugu - Title Screen/BGM 2 - Sega - Mega Drive Meganet - 1991


  1. Absolutely loved this episode, BOIZZ! (or should I say, I absolutely loved this EPISODE! Boys) ;-)

    I think my favorite of the episode was either the Neo Geo track, or the Power Golf TG16 title track!

    I can't wait to hear the experimental music episode! I shot you an e-mail with a ton of tracks just now (the Stage 4 track from Psychosis on the TG16 that we talked about before the free-play, a couple from Strider on the Genesis, and almost the entire Chakan the Forever Man soundtrack (also on Genesis)). I can't wait to see which tracks, if any you play from that pool. But even if it's none of them, I know it'll still be a great set!

    Keep up the good WORK! Golf Boys. :-)

  2. You know what's crazy..is before I started listening to this show I always thought the best music from games would be coming from SHMUPS and RPGS...but I dunno.. you gays make a REALLY strong case that some of the best tunes are coming from Golf Games. Like, what is it about golf games that makes them SO GOOD. I wonder if it's that Golf Music is a little more grounded and seems to be composed with real instruments in mind, (kind of like Arcade Sega Days) instead of just crazy over the top tunes we usually tend to hear.

  3. That Shiny Afternoon track is such a smooth groove. I'm feeling it, big time.

  4. I'm halfway through the episode so I don't know if you figured it out, but an Arnold Palmer is sweet tea and lemonade. Arizona also has a jack Nicklaus sweet tea and strawberry lemonade. Maybe they don't have those in Cali, but they're super popular here in GA.

  5. I found an article about Winning Shot (and golf games in general) very interesting about the culture of golf in Japan. This seems relevant to this episode: http://magweasel.com/2009/09/22/i-love-the-pc-engine-winning-shot/

  6. The last three episodes have been the best concentrated run in as long as I can remember. Great episode. That ganbare golf boys song would be on the top ten of the year if I made one. Legit epic

  7. Like I said, awesome Golf Announcers ;)
    Golf Music is great for calming the nerves during a stressful workday!

  8. Great music for doing mathematics.

  9. What?! No Pebble Beach Golf Links?!?!? (Brain Explodes)

    1. Doh! The "True Golf Classics" part threw me off! I didn't even notice when I listened to this episode.

    2. Granted, it wasn't the amazing Genesis one that we've played before.

  10. Jun Ishikawa was the composer for HAL's Hole in One Golf, according to Tadashi Ikegami.

    1. That's what I heard, but I don't really believe it. It just doesn't sound like his style. I think Ikegami could be mistaken.

  11. Just chiming in to say I love you guys. I'm keeping up with your current episodes while simultaneously building my way up through the entire series from day one. You make my 2-hour roundtrip commute to work fly by!

    If I could make just one recommendation for the next episode, try X-Men 2: Clone Wars for Genesis. It's weird and wonderful stuff. Rob, I think you will totally dig it. Brent, I think you might hate it. Fair warning!

  12. This is the first episode you guys have done where I have loved, absolutely loved every track played. I just really vibe with this gold music. Thanks so much for introducing me to this side of gaming I'd normally never try myself.

  13. I'm getting some real Riverse Kids vibes from HAL's Hole in One Golf - Jun Ishikawa (?) - Take a Rest - HAL Laboratory - SNES - 1991. Is it the same guy?