I have really enjoyed playing this game. It's amazing how time just seems to melt away and I really feel I'm "right there" in the game when I'm playing. It's easy to get lost in the drama of the match in the wonderful surroundings.
So what works so well? In part it's the graphics which really are superb and add significantly to my enjoyment of the game. Then of course there's the control mechanism - I always use the "swing with the left stick" method which feels more real to me, and seems to echo the way I really play golf. For example, if I'm tense because I'm playing a critical shot I'm more likely to fluff it than if I'm just on the driving range. And I really get a feel for the shot, with an ability to play delicate little chips as well as thumping great drives.
And the whole presentation is slick, which isn't surprising of course given EA have some many iterations of this game to learn from, with gradual refinements being made year on year.
But it's not all good: I find it a little too easy to be honest - when you're beating Tiger Woods by 12 strokes you know that you're doing well, but maybe a little too well for comfort. And the commentary this year is not as good, certainly not a patch on last year's excellent effort.
All in all though this is a fantastic game and well worth the money. I love the wolf creek course, and Sun City, and of course the old favourites like Pebble Beach.
I'll probably be playing this game for some time to come, and at the moment no other game is getting a look in.