Don’t want to shell out the big bucks for a golf simulator? Satisfy your urge to hit the virtual links with these three new games.World Golf Tour
(World Golf Tour, www.wgt.com, PC)
Play for free in 3-D via your Web browser or Facebook at famous courses from Royal St. Georges to Kiawah Island, with realistic simulated swings that respond authentically, including every slice or hook.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters
(EA Tiburon, www.ea.com/tiger-woods, PC/Mac/PlayStation 3/Xbox 360/Wii)
This offering captures the pomp, circumstance and hat-flinging frustrations of the Masters Tournament, letting you relive historical moments and work your way from amateur to green-jacketed great at America’s most storied clubs. Plus: 3-D grass!
Hot Shots Golf Next
(Sony, www.playstation.com, PlayStation Vita)
A casual arcade experience for the new PlayStation Vita handheld, this game, due in December, shows off the system’s PS3-quality graphics, letting you send gravity-defying, light-trailing shots hurtling down candy-colored greens populated by doe-eyed duffers. No experience required.