The Tiger Woods PGA Tour video game series is legendary, an opportunity for everyone from half-drunk college kids to grandmothers to tee it up at Pebble Beach, Sawgrass, St. Andrews and so many of golf's other green cathedrals. (For most of us, it's the closest we'll ever get.) But for all the years, all the millions of copies sold, there was always one white whale lurking out there: Augusta National. What would it be like to play Augusta in April, challenging Amen Corner or approaching the green at 18, the famed clubhouse in the background?
Friends, it's now here, and it's awesome.
Let's get this out of the way first. There's something inherently geeky about getting jazzed to play a pixilated version of the world's most famous golf course. It's just colors on a screen; you're just working a piece of plastic. It's no more like "real" golf than Guitar Hero is like playing a real guitar. We all know this, we all go in with this awareness ahead of time. We're all fine with it.