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PGA Tour 2K21 Patch 1.06 Adds New Course Plus Golf’s Take On The Battle Pass

If you had asked me last week what game I thought would add a battle pass system next, I doubt I’d have come up with PGA Tour 2K21 but I have to admit it makes sense.

The battle pass idea – made popular by battle royale juggernaut Fortnite – is pretty simple. There’s a list of content added to the game that you can unlock some of for free, but can pay a nominal fee to work towards unlocking all of it.

It provides players with progression mechanics via the rewards, giving you a reason to come back and play – especially if they implement daily/weekly challenges, and it gives the devs a revenue stream to justify (and pay for) the development time needed.

The clubhouse pass is mainly gear with a few slots that offer experience boosts and coins, so we’ll see what the balance is like during play and whether or not progression seems slow. After finishing one round I was about 80% done the first level of the pass, which isn’t bad at all.

The gear you can unlock doesn’t appear to offer any sort of bonus over those already in the game, so the ‘pay to win’ fearmongering can be avoided but we’ll have to see if this content is worth the asking price.

The new course – Detroit Golf Club – looks nice, and plays well on first blush. Again, we’ll have to see how it holds up to repeat plays as I learn better lines and lies for each hole.

Here’s the press release:


Earn rewards featuring new gear from brands including Mizuno, Goodr, and Under Armour, plus take on the Rocket Mortgage Classic

2K and HB Studios today announced the PGA TOUR® 2K21 Clubhouse Pass*, an ongoing live service featuring new clubs, new gear and new MyPLAYER customizations for players to earn and unlock. Season 1 of Clubhouse Pass is available now**, running December 3, 2020 to March 3, 2021. In addition to Clubhouse Pass, a free, brand new course is now available to all players: Detroit Golf Club.

Season 1 of Clubhouse Pass includes the potential to unlock up to 75 levels of gear, VC and cosmetic items you can earn to peacock your status. All players can earn XP in any mode to advance through the Clubhouse Pass levels, and with three months of fresh content, there will be a ton of new clubs, clothes and VC rewards to unlock.

There are three Tiers to the Clubhouse Pass:

  • Free: This tier allows you to access 15 free levels of the 75 levels in Season 1. Every five levels you pass, you’ll receive a reward;
  • Premium Pass ($7.99): Access all 75 levels of rewards;
  • Premium+ Pass ($14.99): Access all 75 levels of rewards, plus skip the first 20 levels and automatically unlock those rewards.

The Detroit Golf Club course will also make its debut on December 3. Founded in 1899, Detroit Golf Club became home to the Rocket Mortgage Classic in 2019, the first-ever PGA TOUR event held in Detroit.

“Detroit Golf Club and the Rocket Mortgage Classic come together for a compelling event on an amazing course,” said Shaun West, Senior Producer at HB Studios. “The course brings new challenges to PGA TOUR 2K21 with a fun and rewarding layout to navigate. Being one of the flattest courses on the PGA TOUR, the event setup still finds a way to challenge even the top pros. We wanted to bring that experience to life in the game to see how our fans would fair.”

Last but not least, keep your eye out for some festive, holiday-themed cosmetic items, available to all players, to deck out your MyPLAYER! 

For more information on Clubhouse Pass, visit http://pgatour2k21.com/clubhouse. For information on PGA TOUR 2K21, visit www.PGATOUR2K21.com, become a fan on Facebook, follow the game on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #PGATOUR2K21 or subscribe on YouTube.

PGA TOUR 2K21 is developed by HB Studios for 2K. 2K is a wholly owned publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO).

* PGA TOUR 2K21 required to play content.

**Clubhouse Pass will be available for Nintendo Switch in December 2020 and will span a full three months.

Review – PGA Tour 2K21

Golf is a tough game at the best of times, and that’s a lesson that PGA Tour 2K21 carries with it.

On one hand you can feel like a golfing god after nailing a difficult iron shot out of the rough, leaving yourself on the dancefloor with a solid shot at birdie. On the other, you’ll want to throw your clubs in the nearest water hazard after five-putting for a triple bogey.

None of this is new to anyone that either golfs or has played past golf sims by HB Studios, but it’s easily the best thing they bring to the genre.

I mean don’t get me wrong, the Tiger Woods games were fun – but they weren’t rewarding the way HB’s games are. Pounding the ball 400+ yards, adding spin after you shoot, then changing it in midair when you realize you misjudged the wind might get you -25 or better on a round, but what’s the point when it feels better to get that hard-fought even par?

I finished this round at -1… That shows just how quickly
the wheels can fall off a great round in PGA Tour 2K21.

PGA Tour 2K21 wouldn’t be nearly as fun and rewarding if it didn’t feel like your results were in your hands the entire time, and it delivers on that front. The swing mechanics are top-tier in the genre, with the ability to shape your shots allowing you to attack the greens or – more likely – recover with some style after a poor shot.

Just like real life, there are multiple ways to approach every shot and none are the ‘right’ way for everyone. Learning the courses will take time, and your approach will change as your skills improve. Keep learning and your scores will go down, at least for the most part – you can expect to still see some ‘well, let’s forget that one and move on’ holes as you experiment with new approaches.

But if you think you’re going to learn every course, you can forget that right now. With a ridiculously powerful course creator in the hands of players, there’s a virtually endless supply of new courses to play. Like any user-generated-content there’s a fairly wide variance in the quality level, but believe me when I say there’s enough quality courses to keep you playing forever.

The game sports a powerful course creator that will keep new courses coming in.

What I Loved:

  • It’s golf in digital form. It’s unforgiving, it’s challenging, and it’s so, so rewarding
  • Great swing mechanics
  • Ridiculously powerful course creator
  • A career mode at last!

What I Liked:

  • Online play was stable and problem-free
  • Online societies give me someone to play with constantly
  • Graphics are improved from past games

What I Disliked:

  • Graphics still need work, particularly the player models
  • No replay/photo mode

What I Hated:

  • Golfing in heavy wind is SO DAMN HARD

The Final Word: PGA Tour 2K21 is a stellar game of golf, unforgiving as hell but also the most rewarding experience you’ll have when you finally ‘get good’ at it.

Mastering it?

Yeah, good luck with that.

TPC River Highlands Course Revealed In PGA Tour 2K21

I’m incredibly curious to see PGA Tour 2K21, created by Nova Scotia development house HB Studios, and the wait is nearing an end with pre-orders now available and the reveals starting to ramp up.

Today they unveiled the first look at a licensed course, TPC River Highlands, a Connecticut course located in Cromwell that overlooks the Connecticut River. It’s a short course by PGA Tour standards, relying more on challenging approach shots than long fairways to give golfers fits. The course is home to one of the more exciting final layouts, with holes 15-17 circling a pond before hole 18 takes it back to the clubhouse – it’s the cap on a second half that’s far more interesting than the opening nine holes.

Here’s the course trailer, expect to see several more as we get closer to the August 21st release date.

You can pre-order PGA Tour 2K21 on PC, PS4 or Xbox One.