1UP writes: "Hot Shots Golf series developer Clap Hanz has managed to take golf, a game many find deviously frustrating in the real world, and turn it into fun for all in the virtual world. We've always been impressed with the series' ability to bring cutesy and the hardcore together, but how does the team balance those different elements?
"We try to create a system where newcomers can pick up the controller, enjoy playing the game, and score decent results while also making it worthwhile to practice and leave lots of room to improve," says Masashi Muramori, president of Clap Hanz. "I would like to think that the gameplay is deep enough so that players feel there is no clear 'ending.'"
Plus, the adorable-to-the-point-of-annoying characters reel in casual gamers. But what's funny is that a game filled with slim-waisted, doe-eyed belles and smarmy frat boys of the future is considered a more realistic game of golf than EA's Tiger Woods game, which features PGA Tour golfers".