In Omaha, there used to be a golf course out west, named Ironwood. To see it, you would only have to drive up Pacific Street between 120th & 132nd St. It was smaller than most golf courses to be sure (just under 6800 yards from the championship tees), but because of the play that many golfers experienced, some considered it to be one of the truest tests of golf in the Midwest.
That course is gone now, sold off piece by piece to the highest bidder, its’ trees ripped from their roots and the greens soiled and dug up; truly a sad sight to see for golfers who have played there. As for those who are die-hard fans of Ironwood, and wouldn’t dream of playing golf anywhere else but there, take heart in the fact that there is a new video game that could soften the blow a bit: EA Sports’ The Masters – Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12.
Available on the Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, and Xbox 360 consoles, The Masters plays out…well, masterfully. With between 16 and 19 championship courses (depending on the version and console you are playing on), Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 has everything you need to get through the tough adjustment period in a post-Ironwood world. You can dry your tears on such storied courses as St. Andrews, Agusta National (either the entire course or the Par 3 course), Waialae, Pebble Beach, and others, with more courses available to download from the internet on the Playstation Network, Xbox Live, and Wii Shop Channels.
Need to vent your frustration a little? Try one of the party games (Disc Golf for those who enjoy that sort of thing, or a Golf Party, where you challenge your friends to some mini-game fun). Need some pointers on where to let rip and where to lay up? The Masters new caddie system is there to guide you step-by-step and swing-by-swing on your way to golf glory. Think you got what it takes to make it to the grandest stage in all of golf? Prove it, by taking on Career Mode, and work your way through regional tournaments and national tours to make The Masters cut. Wanna’ play around a bit? They have that covered, too. With Mini Games ranging from target-based tests to a rather humorous Golf Cart Race, there is enough here to keep your arms sore and your feet aching for fresh turf.
Ironwood is gone, leaving nothing but memories of days gone by, but the release of EA Sports The Masters – Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 may just be the salve that you need to soothe your broken heart — or at least, divert your attention with some well-rounded and challenging holes of golf. Tee up, tee off, and mind the wind in this release and dream about better days.