Links LS '97
With the release of Links LS (aka Links 97) the series reclaimed its status as the best golf sim then available. Even by today's standards the graphics are gorgeous, there are many playing options, and the physics mirror reality.
How so? First, it is visually dazzling. It looks and feels like you're there; down to the trees, shrubs, and cart paths. The customizable sound effects, coupled with animations of flying divots and sand, plus backspin and ball marks, put Links LS in a class well above the competition.
Golfer animations are superb and eminently emulative (if only my swing looked like that!). Your golfer can be male or female and can have a full range of abilities and appearances. You can adjust course conditions, including wind speed, fog, and putting surface characteristics. You can place up to five camera views onscreen any one time, plus add a tracer and alter the ball's size for easier viewing. And finally, Links LS offers a wide variety of gameplay options including stroke, best ball, match, and skins.
The game ships with three courses: Kapalua Plantation and Village plus Arnold Palmer's Latrobe Country Club. All 17 previous courses will work with Links LS and will look better. Arnie comes along as well with his inimitable swing and commentary. Plus you can take a virtual 3D tour (ala Under A Killing Moon) through Arnie's office and Kapalua's clubhouse.