GL Golf Deluxe in Review – Ugly, But Oh So Sweet + 2 Promo Codes

clgolf1GL Golf is like the first version of the hummer. It is boxy, obtrusive, and downright ugly. But like the car, it is one heck of a ride. Seriously, if you are like me and hate watching and playing golf in real life but thrill at the chance of virtually driving 300 yards off the tee, then this is your best bet (as of yet) on your iDevice.

clgolf2 It is an interesting phenomena to observe, where someone (me) so adverse to anything golf related can lose themselves (myself) in a virtual game of golf. Yet, truth be told, this is a fact, it is a phenomena, it is what drives forward sales of golf games. Seriously, do you think 60 year olds will go out and buy an xbox360 or PS3 for a golf game?

While the golf game offerings may be meager, GL Golf stands as a strong offering that clearly makes its case for your front page real estate. And this is done with the handicap of graphics and sound.

clgolf3So, what makes GL Golf so grand? Options.

GL Golf allows you to play in over 20 courses. You can play in three times of days with over four different seasons. All of this affects the physics of the game. Also, you can play with up to four people. You have the option of playing the full 18 holes or either the front or back 9. They have all the requisite clubs you need. There is the inclusion of trees, water hazards, sand trap, and those stupid stupid hills that always mess up my putt.

The whole golfing experience is here and is executed well. Playing the game feels great. You begin to notice just how much the wind affects your shots and how to use the Back Spin to maximize your score. All of this will enable you to replay former holes and figure out newer and better methods of approach.

clgolf4GL Golf Deluxe also includes both a local and and global leaderboard. This small functionality has large effects in the way it compels me to actually finish 18 holes and finish them well. To this extent, the save function is a lifesaver. You can slowly pace your way through 18 holes over days instead of having to rush to fit it all in one sitting.

clgolf5Really, the only drawback to his game is in its graphics and sound. While everything is functional and purposeful, there is a lack of the aesthetics of seeing a nicely rendered water trap or grainy sand trap. Withe newer games pushing at the visual capabilities of the iDevice platform, GL Golf Deluxe is well behind in this respect.

If you can get over the graphics and sounds, and I really hope you do, you will find this game to be a fulfilling experience for that golf geek inside of you (me). GL Golf Deluxe is a good solid game and a paradigm of options and physics that others should definitely follow. If you’re still unconvinced, check out GL Golf Lite. There is also a cheaper option, GL Golf. These have a varying level of courses and adverts.


App Summary
Title:GL Golf Deluxe (v1.0)Developer:Jake Leveto, Nuclear Nova Software
Price:$9.99App Size:22 mb
  • Multitude of Options
  • Leader Board
  • 23 Courses
  • Poor Graphics
  • Poor Sound


  • Louis


    To enter for a chance to win a promo code for GL Golf Deluxe ($9.99), submit a comment and tell us why you want to give this very solid golf game a try. All comments will be entered into a random draw on March 5nd @ 7pm. Good Luck!


  • Gabriel

    Ever since I played the Lite version of this game, I’ve wanted to play the full version. Sure, graphics and such are not totally there, but solid gameplay is!

  • Jason

    Graphics and sound aside, this game is sound in its great gameplay. If the Lite version of this app is any indication, this game is totally amazing!

  • DonBurns99

    I used to love playing Golf games on my 8-bit and 16-bit systems back in the day. Who says you need great graphics for a great game? It’s all about the game play and this game is where it’s at for golf in the AppStore.

  • Spartan12103

    While the graphics could use a touch up, by the looks of it this game has top notch gameplau, a first priority in apps. The other ones out there don’t really do it for me (golf wise)

  • Ian

    i’ve been wanting to play a golf game on my iphone ever since purchasing the 3g model. Yet there really doesn’t seem to be any good golf games. I’ve played many different golf games on older phone models but the choices for a golf game on the iphone are very slim. This golf game looks like a lot of fun but $10 is a lot to spend on something i’m not so sure i’m going to like. I would love to get the promo code to buy this so I can finally have a golf game on my iphone.

  • Damon

    Looks like a very solid 3D golf game!

  • Bob

    I’ve been looking for an app to satisfy my golf needs and I think this is just the one! Thanks for the giveaway- $10 is a lot for an app so I’m sure it’s good.

  • Jeremy

    I’ve tried the Lite version, and it has alot of features. I would like to see if the full version has even more features and better gameplay.

  • This is the developer of GL Golf here, I just wanted to let you guys know that the standard version is on sale now for $0.99, down from the usual $5.99. The standard version has only 6 courses compared to the 23 in the deluxe version, and at $0.99 is a great way to test out the full game before dishing out the full $9.99. The sale is going to end sometime in the near future and go back to $5.99, so if you’d like to take advantage here is the iTunes link –

  • ZamZar

    I would like to give this a try because I love golf games, but there is a lack of them on the app store. It also seems to have a lot of content and replay value.

  • greenhornet9

    i love golf. Ive tried this game out before and it seems really good. Dont own it though.

  • Ryan

    Looks way better than that free golf game, graphics are awesome!!!

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  • coldfusion

    this game looks like the best golf game on the ihpone. Although it doesnt have much competition, it still looks really good.

  • Ben

    Tried the lite version long time ago and wasn’t that impressed, but this site is trustworthy enough that I’ll give it a shot.

  • schmidty

    I dont really like golf in real life but for some reason i always found golf games entertaining. This one looks like the best one on the app store.

  • NIDO3

    This game seems like it has the most replay value for any golf game on the app store. for 23 courses, i can deal with bad graphics and most of the time, my phone is silent anyways for the sound.

  • Jimmy

    i play golf when the weather outside makes it possible. Right now, thats not so often. But otherwise, i love to get out there and tee it up with my friends. This game seems like a great way to get my golf fix on my phone and to waste some time.

  • jawslover

    Plays amazing, I have the original, it’s crazy fun

  • Simon

    i also actually have the regular version of this game. Its a great game but 6 courses is kind of limited. But 23!?!? You could play that forever!

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