Golf Magazine: 36 Great Holes Starring Fred Couples prototypes

There are currently over thirty prototypes available for this game.

July 6th, 1994
October 11th, 1994
October 17th, 1994
October 24th, 1994
November 1st, 1994
November 5th, 1994
November 7th, 1994
November 8th, 1994
Other prototypes


July 6th, 1994

-This is currently the earliest 32X prototype available for any game released. Not much works.

-The main menu has a game options and player select that don't work, selecting them returns you to the main menu.

-The game modes don't properly work either. Trying to start a game mode results in graphical glitches. You may eventually be able to try and play a few shots.


October 11th, 1994

-When this proto starts, the main menu appears, there is no SEGA logo or even a title screen.

-The main menu doesn't play any music.

-Most of the menus have different backgrounds to what the final version features.

-The options menu doesn't have a replay option.

-The music menu uses the background featured in the July 6th prototype, and doesn't have a commentary option. It does have a "gallery" option, which I'm not sure on what it does.

-There are only five tracks to listen to in the music test, and only 24 sound effects in the sound effect test.

-The courses can sometimes have glitchy graphics.

-Pausing the game reveals a "detail level" option, which actually works -turning the detail on high gives a course better graphics.

-In the stoke play mode, there is a "Sega Sport's Special 18" option. This would later be changed to "The Gauntlet".


October 17th, 1994

-A SEGA logo now appears when the prototype boots up, but is missing the SEGA Sports logo.

-After the SEGA logo, a magazine appears on a black background. Fred Couples will say a few words, but is not actually seen.

-More music and sound effects have been added to the sound tests.

-The menus now feature a golf ball as a cursor rather than an arrow.

-Several of the menus have different backgrounds when compared to the previous prototype.

-During a game, the HUD is now green instead of blue.

-The detail level option doesn't seem to work any more -courses are always on the "high" setting.


October 24th, 1994

A video of Fred Couples appears at the Golf Magazine screen, which has a new background (compared to the all black background the previous proto had).

-The main menu now has music.

-The main menu has been slightly updated -the Golf Magazine logo now has a white background rather than a yellow one.


November 1st, 1994

-After the intro scene, a title screen now appears. It doesn't have a "press start button" message on it, or any copyright info either.

-The options menu now has a "view replay" option.

-The detail level option has been removed.


November 5th, 1994

-The intro screen now has some copyright info on it.

-The title screen has a "press start" message.

-In the mode select, ""Sega Sport's Special 18" has become "The Gauntlet".


November 7th, 1994

-The main menu options have been moved around, so play is now the first one, practice goes from third to second, and player edit goes from first to third.


November 8th, 1994

-The animation featuring a golf ball going over the SEGA logo to reveal the SEGA Sports logo has been added.

-The intro sequence no longer has any copyright text on it.

-The title screen now has copyright info on it.


Other prototypes

There are also prototypes from the 18th and 26th of October and the 3ord of November, which didn't have anything of interest from the time I briefly played them. There are also over fifteen other prototypes with build dates between November and December which need more looking into, although I doubt they hold much of note.