Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf is a golf game originally released in Japan on September 9, 1989 as Naomichi Ozaki no Super Masters. It is one of the earliest examples of Sega using real athletes to promote their sports titles. Despite having his name and face on the box, Arnold Palmer was not added into the game and is not a playable character. The game also features several Sega themed Easter eggs like the appearance of Alex Kidd and Opa-Opa.
The game contains 3 unnamed golf courses one in the USA, one in Japan, and one in Great Britain.
The game plays similar to most other golf games with a gauge used with timed button presses to measure each shot. Wind conditions also affect the balls path in the air.
The game includes practice and tournament modes. Practice mode is a single round of 18 holes on either of the courses. It can be played by one or two players.
The tournament mode has the player compete in 12 rounds of 18 holes alternating through the 3 courses. As they complete rounds their skills increase allowing them to hit the ball farther and aim better. Their caddy will also increase and give more detailed information about the course and shot as the game progresses. The player can also upgrade their clubs from black carbon to glass fiber and eventually ceramic clubs which increases the distance the player will hit the ball.
A password system allows the playeer to continue on the last round they reached in the tournament.
Players must be aware of the wind conditions in addition to the amount of strength that they apply to their golf clubs while swinging.