1. Box of Golf
Box of Golf is a gorgeous golf game, a wonderful gift for golf fans. The rules are simple, but detailed enough that they attempt to simulate many of the situations you'd face in a real game of golf. Gems can be used to help you lower your score -- and you need to win holes to earn the most gems. But you don't want to use too many, because at the end of the game, most gems wins.
2. Thinking Man's GolfFor 1 to 4 players, ages 8 and up. Designed by Frederick A. Herschler, published by 3M.
Now out of print, this game (published in 1972) features the unusual mechanism of actually drawing on the game board with an erasable marker. After the wind speed and direction are determined, you choose your club and roll the dice to see how you hit the ball. You make a mark on the laminated board and move on from there.
Golo Golf Dice doesn't pretend to be something it's not. It is a simple, addictive dice game that works well with the golf theme and will provide hours of fun without taxing your brain very much. I've had a lot of fun with Golo in everything from solo games to a simulated four-day golf tournament with 10 players.
4. Golf MastersFor 2 players, ages 8 and up. Designed by Oliver Bolten and Rolf Rötgers, published by Goldseiber.
Six different course components can combine to create a full 18-hole course. Players control little metal golfers, using a handle on their back to swing the club and hit the fluffy white ball, hoping to avoid hazards along the way. This is a unique game that's best with one or two players.
This is a card game that gives players some ability to influence their opponents' shots in addition to their own. A hand balanced with the proper clubs and a few "miscue" cards will help you win.