Fred Couples Golf

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For the Sega 32X version, see Golf Magazine: 36 Great Holes Starring Fred Couples.


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Fred Couples Golf
System(s): Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Sega
Genre: Sports[1][2] (golf)

Number of players: 1-4
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • 日本語
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Game Gear
    ¥3,8003,800 G-3358
    Sega Rating: All Ages
    Sega Game Gear
    $39.9939.99[4] 2529
    ESRB: Kids to Adults

    Fred Couples Golf (フレッド カプルスズ ゴルフ), is a golf game for the Sega Game Gear. It can be seen as the handheld version of Golf Magazine: 36 Great Holes Starring Fred Couples.


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    Driving and putting

    The game is a golf game with an overhead perspective that can be played by one to four players (taking turns). There are four fictional golf courses: Austin Creek, Brooks Park, Hurricane Park, and Foxx Valley. The Foxx Valley course is exclusive to the Tournament mode.

    Before each round, players choose from four golfers, each rated on power and skill (accuracy). Players can name their golfer and choose the color of their outfits (in multiplayer games, each golfer must have a different color). Players then choose their clubs from four predetermined sets along with the difficulty level (Beginner, Hacker, Amateur, or Pro). Finally, players choose a caddie. Fred Couples is not playable, but he appears as an opponent in the Tournament and Match Play modes.

    Fred Couples provides advice on each hole. The interface shows the wind speed and direction, the lie of the ball, the par and distance of the hole, and a map of the hole and the player's position on it. The player is presented with a menu on each shot:

    • Shot: Starts a swing.
    • Fairway: Hides the interface and allows the player to pan around the course using the D-Pad.
    • Terrain: Switches the map between the standard view (which shows the fairway, rough, and green and hazards) and a topographical view.
    • Caddie: Asks the caddie for advice, which is usually the distance to the hole and the recommended club.

    On each swing, the player first chooses the direction with Left and Right. Then the player chooses a club (the caddie makes a default selection). The player adjusts the stance (to determine the draw or fade of the shot to compensate for strong winds or avoid a hazard). Then the power meter appears, which fills up and down until the player presses 2 to set the power level. The player finally chooses the striking point by pressing 2 while a dot scans an image of a golf ball from left to right and top to bottom. Lower hits arc the ball higher. Off-center hits provide additional directional control. If the player fails to select a striking point, the ball whiffs (costing a stroke).

    When putting, the player only needs to set the direction and swing.


    The following modes are available:

    • Tournament: A single-player mode where the player plays four rounds of golf on all four courses in order. The player competes against 31 computer-controlled opponents (whose play is not shown but whose results appear on the scorecard after each hole). The player is given a password at the end of each day (9 holes) for continuing.
    • Stroke Play: A one-to-four-player mode where players take turns and try to complete each hole in the fewest number of strokes. The winner of the round is the player who has the lowest overall score for all 18 holes. If played by one player, the player has no competitor and simply tries to achieve the lowest possible score.
    • Match Play Mode: A one-to-two-player mode where players take turns and try to complete each hole in the fewest number of strokes. After the first shot, the player who is furthest from the hole hits until landing a shot beyond the other player. The winner of the round is the player who has scored the lowest on the most holes. If played by one player, the player competes against a computer-controlled Fred Couples (whose turns are shown).
    • Practice: A single-player mode where the player can pick any hole to play. The player can drop the ball in any location in this mode.

    Production credits

    In-game credits
    Fred Couples Golf GG credits.pdf

    US manual
    Fred Couples Golf GG US Manual.pdf

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Fred Couples Golf/Magazine articles.

    Physical scans

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    Fred Couples Golf

    Game Gear, JP
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    Game Gear, US
    FredCouplesGolf GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngFredCouplesGolf GG US Box Front.jpg
    FredCouplesGolf GG US Cart.jpg
    Fred Couples Golf GG US Manual.pdf

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Game Gear
    CRC32 b1196cd7
    MD5 3a228f1b9d55146445cd981d3949d715
    SHA-1 fb7b3c6652c3105497b8254daf063d25519fea61
    512kB Cartridge (JP)
    Sega Game Gear
    CRC32 46f40b9f
    MD5 fb2f22baffdbe79cd255d8ec9cb133ad
    SHA-1 fc160122f14772fd1c4476effae5a4010a6c012d
    512kB Cartridge (US)


    Fred Couples Golf

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