Pebble Beach Golf Links

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Pebble Beach Golf Links
Publisher: Sega
Publisher(s) of original games: T&E Soft
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Saturn
Original system(s): PC-9801
Sound driver:
Sega Saturn
SCSP (1 track)
Genre: Sports

Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,800 G-5525
Sega Mega Drive
$54.99[1] 1231
Sega Mega Drive
£? 1231-50
Sega Mega Drive
?F 1231-50
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? 1231-50
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas 1231-50
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
R$? ?

Sega Saturn
¥8,800 GS-9006
Sega Saturn
$49.99[4] 81101
Sega Saturn
£44.99 MK81101-50
Sega Saturn
?F MK81101-50
Sega Saturn
DM ? MK81101-50
Sega Saturn
?Ptas MK81101-50

New 3D Golf Simulation: Pebble Beach no Hatou (ペブルビーチの波涛) is a 1992 golf game for the PC-98 by T&E Soft in their New 3D Golf Simulation series which takes place at the Pebble Beach Golf Links golf course in California. T&E Soft ported the game to the Sega Mega Drive in 1993 along with three other New 3D Golf Simulation games; however, unlike those three ports, this one did receive an international release under T&E's equivalent True Golf Classics label as Pebble Beach Golf Links.

It was later brought to the Sega Saturn; in Japan this version was called Pebble Beach Golf Links: Stadler ni Chousen (PEBBLE BEACH GOLF LINKS ~スタドラーに挑戦~). Despite being on a newer system, the game does not take particular advantage of the Saturn's features and continues to use the same rendering style as the entries on previous-generation machines. It does add an overhauled UI, more fluid player animations, and videos of professional golfer Craig Stadler (hence the Japanese name) giving suggestions before each hole.


As with computer games of the time, this game has user accounts stored in cartridge SRAM, with room for 10 players. After registering yourself as a player in the "Create Data" option at the main menu, you can choose to start one of several different match types. Each swing occurs as followed:

  1. Use Left and Right to change direction. Up and Down zoom out/in to see more. C confirms each step.
  2. Select a club with the D-pad.
  3. Select a stance with the D-pad.
  4. Hit C to begin the meter that chooses swing power, then C again to choose where on the ball the club hits, then C to finally swing.

A shows the hole. B opens up a menu with various options.

Regional differences

The Western release, Pebble Beach Golf Links, differs in a number of ways from the original Japanese release:

  • English text
  • Solid polygons (pixel dithering showing terrain details is removed)
  • Overhead picture in picture of hole when ball is close to pin
  • Power meter is slower and moves with varying speed
  • Power meter ping-pongs from 0 up to 100 down to 0 (rather than cycling 0 up to 100, 0 up to 100...)
  • Increased wind speed
  • Perfect shot bonus power removed (?)

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Producer: Toshiro Yokoyama
  • Director: Eiji Yokoyama
  • Program Staff: Eiji Kato, Hiroatsu Kono
  • Graphic Staff: Toyokazu Hattori, Koichi Goto
  • Sound Staff: Yumi Kinoshita, Shigekazu Kamaki, Yusaburo Shimojyo
  • POLYSYS Staff: Katsuhisa Ota, Hideaki Shinmura

Saturn version

  • Executive Producers: Toshiro Yokoyama, Eiji Yokoyama
  • Directed By: Eiji Kato
  • Maincode Programming: Eiji Kato
  • Director of Visual Effects: Toyokazu Hattori
  • Director of C.G.Modeling: Katsuhisa Ota
  • Sound Effects & Music Compose: Yumi Kinoshita
  • Visual Effects: Koichi Goto, Tomoko Suzuki
  • C.G.Modeling: Hideaki Shinmura
  • Assistant Programmers: Hiroatsu Kono, Katsuya Mizuta

Licensed by Pebble Beach Company
©T&E SOFT,Inc. 1989,1995
All rights reserved.

Source: In-game credits (JP)Media:PebbleBeachGL_Saturn_JP_SSEnding.pdf[6]

Source: Manual credits (US)Media:Pebblebeach sat us manual.pdf[7]

Track list

Saturn version

1. [data track] ({{{time}}})

2. CD Warning message (00:06)
Running time: 0:06

Magazine articles

Main article: Pebble Beach Golf Links/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №47, p148[8]
50 №31, p54
80 №18, p10/11
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
3 reviews

Mega Drive, US
PebbleBeachGolfLinks MD US Box.jpg
PBGL MD US Cart.jpg
Pebble Beach Golf MD US Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, EU
PebbleBeachGolfLinks MD EU Box.jpg
PebbleBeachGolfLinks MD EU Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, JP
PebbleBeachGolfLinks MD JP Box.jpg
PebbleBeachGolfLinks MD JP CartTop.jpg
PebbleBeachGolfLinks MD JP Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, AU
PebbleBeachGolfLinks MD AU Box.jpg
PebbleBeachGolfLinks MD AU Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, BR
PebbleBeachGolfLinks MD BR cover.jpg
PebbleBeachGolfLinks MD BR Cart.jpg

Saturn version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
44 №6, p114-117[9]
80 №20, p74
66 №49, p24
68 №322, p38
53 №12, p66/67
58 №15, p69
72 №46, p47[10]
60 №1, p146[11]
88 №31, p60-63[12]
82 №36, p91[13]
90 №55, p64[14]
79 №21, p60/61
67 №45, p68/69
67 №49, p52
84 №, p10Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[15]
77 №6, p84
Sega Saturn
Based on
17 reviews

Saturn, US
PebbleBeachGolfLinks Saturn US Box Back.jpgPebbleBeachGolfLinks Saturn US Box Front.jpg
PebbleBeachGolfLinks Saturn US Disc.jpg
Pebblebeach sat us manual.pdf
Saturn, EU
PebbleBeachGolfLinks Saturn EU Box.jpg
Saturn, JP
PebbleBeachGolfLinks Saturn JP Box Back.jpgPebbleBeachGolfLinks Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
PebbleBeachGolfLinks Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
PebbleBeachGolfLinks Saturn JP Disc.jpg

External links


NEC Retro has more information related to New 3D Golf Simulation: Pebble Beach no Hatou.
  1. File:GamePlayers US 0705.pdf
  2. File:GamePro US 054.pdf, page 224
  3. File:SegaForceMega UK 07.pdf, page 8
  4. File:GamePro US 073.pdf, page 81
  5. Press release: 1995-05-19: Sega Saturn launch takes consumers and retailers by storm
  6. File:PebbleBeachGL_Saturn_JP_SSEnding.pdf
  7. File:Pebblebeach sat us manual.pdf, page 22
  8. File:PlayerOne FR 047.pdf, page 144
  9. File:CDConsoles FR 06.pdf, page 114
  10. File:Joypad FR 046.pdf, page 47
  11. File:MAXIMUM UK 01.pdf, page 146
  12. File:MeanMachinesSega31UK.pdf, page 60
  13. File:MeanMachinesSega36UK.pdf, page 91
  14. File:PlayerOne FR 055.pdf, page 66
  15. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 12