Microsoft Golf 3.0

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Microsoft Golf 3.0
Microsoft Golf 3.0 cover
Access Software
Release dates
Windows November 7, 1996
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World Class Leader Board 1988
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Key points

64-bit systems need a workaround for the 16-bit launcher; see Installing on 64-bit versions of Windows.
Highly customisable, resizeable interface that can make full use of modern resolutions.
Multimedia features that require the CD can be copied to the hard drive for convenience.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
CD key
CD key only; no disc check or DRM.

Essential improvements[edit]

Use multimedia features without the disc[edit]

Golf 3.0 only plays Flyby videos and some other content when the disc is present; these steps make it look in the installation folder instead.
Copy disc files to the installation folder[citation needed]
  1. Copy the BANFF_SP and HARBOUR_ folders from the disc to the installation folder (skipping existing files).
  2. Copy AIM.AVI and SWING.AVI from the GOLF folder on the disc to the installation folder.
  3. Open msglfcrs.ini
  4. Under each course, adjust NewFlyByPath, FlyByPath and AmbientPath to match their new locations.
  5. Change the AimDemoPath and SwingDemoPath paths to point to look in the installation folder.
  6. Save your changes.
If the game says course files are missing after this change you have made a mistake with the steps above.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\MSGOLF.INI[Note 1]
Multiplayer settings are stored in <path-to-game>\multplyr\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\*.GAM[Note 1]

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Always runs windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Native Windows Vsync.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Native Windows cursor.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
On/off only.
Surround sound
No subtitles available.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Always mutes.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
8 Hot seat
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP
Use Address Book, Network button.

Issues fixed[edit]

Installing on 64-bit versions of Windows[edit]

Golf 3.0 uses a 16-bit launcher so 64-bit systems need the workarounds below.
Bypass 16-bit launcher[citation needed]
  1. Install Golf 3.0 normally (it may appear to stop responding while "searching for installed components").
  2. Open MSGOLF.INI in the installation folder and add the following two lines at the bottom:
  3. Save your changes.
  4. Make a shortcut to GLFMOD3.EXE somewhere convenient.
  5. Go to the shortcut's properties and add bullfrog to the end of the Target.
  6. For Windows 8 and later, go to the Compatibility tab and set Windows 7 compatibility mode (this fixes a title bar issue).
  7. The game will now run correctly when using this shortcut.
If you see the "crucial files are missing" error when launching you have made a mistake with the steps above.
Video features give this error when playing without the CD; insert it or use multimedia features without the disc.

Installer stops responding at "searching for installed components"[edit]

The installer scans the entire system partition looking for existing installation files; this can take a long time on modern systems and Windows will think it is not responding, but it will eventually finish and setup will proceed normally.

"Crucial files are missing, please reinstall Microsoft Golf" error[edit]

Golf 3.0 needs the CD for some multimedia features (e.g. Flybys) and gives this confusing error message if it isn't present; either insert the disc or set the game to use multimedia features without the disc.

This error will also occur when trying to run the game without installing it first or using GLFMOD3.EXE without the necessary adjustments (see Installing on 64-bit versions of Windows).

Title bar partially off-screen[edit]

This issue occurs on Windows 8 and later.
Use Windows 7 compatibility mode[citation needed]

Set GLFMOD3.EXE to run in Windows 7 compatibility mode.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Launcher is 16-bit.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, NT 3.51
Processor (CPU) 486/66
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 MB
Video card (GPU) 256-color SVGA


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).