menubar Options Menu / Quick Shot Game Modes Clubs Golden Tees Balls Shot Indicator Customize Golfer Player Cards / Gift Cards / Credit Cards Adjust Volume / Camera Fly-By / Heads Up and More Birds-Eye View Backspin / Roll / Bite How To Swing Courses, Tips and More

Customize Your Golfer

Customize Your Golfer To change your character's appearance, press the Options button at any point during game play and select Customize Golfer. From here, you'll be able to sort through an assortment of headwear, pants, shirts and shoes options. Find the perfect outfit for your golfer, and you can change it any anytime.

A preview image will be shown on the left side to display what your golfer will look like. When complete, simply exit back to the main menu and continue your game. For the various in-game milestones you achieve on Golden Tee LIVE 2014 you will unlock over 750 virtual items in the form of Golden Tee Achievement Awards!

Awards are given after every 5 games played, in addition to the accumulation of every 30 birdies, every 10 eagles and for every double-eagle and hole-in-one made. Be sure to stay tuned to LIVEWIRE for special giveaway codes for all new Golden Tee 2014 clothing items!

Shot Indicator

Shot Indicator The overhead layout map, or shot indicator, has been a familiar guide to Golden Tee players since the original game debuted in 1989. When using woods or irons, this simple graphic shows players where they are aiming and provides a general reference point for club distance.

The shot indicator has come a long way, however, and has been updated to take weather into account along with variations in distance for high performance clubs and balls. This means that depending on what particular setup you chose to play, the shot indicator will adjust to your game – even when it rains!

Trackball Tidbits
While the club distances are close, they are not automatic. It is easy to extend shots substantially past the general distance, so be cautious if you're trying to stretch the club. Also, despite what your distance marker shows during rainy conditions, your ball will not travel any shorter in the air. It will simply roll less after landing.


Putting The shot indicator is also an extremely valuable and necessary tool to use when on the green. The map is a cutaway view of the green and shows the slope of every putt. Use this to decide how you feel a putt may break and decide where you want to hit the trackball.

Trackball Tidbits
Always pull your putter back before putting; it will give you better feel and control.

How To Swing

Golden Tee Golf's famous trackball and directional arrows have become icons in barrooms, restaurants and taverns around the globe. Responsible for the game's uncanny control and challenge, understanding the trackball is the game's most fundamental skill. Before players can master this rollable art form, they must first comprehend the basics.

How to Swing Woods and Irons

  • To achieve a full backswing, simply roll the trackball back underneath your palm or with your thumbs until the on-screen character is fully coiled.
  • Spin the trackball forward with some force* using your palm or thumbs to swing.

* Excessive force is not necessary or recommended as the game limits maximum distance.

How to Putt

  • Roll the trackball back to move the on-screen character's putter fully back.
  • Aim for the hole and account for the green's break which is displayed on the overhead map. Aim slightly left for right-breaking putts and slightly right for left-breaking putts.
  • Roll trackball forward with your thumbs or palm to putt the ball.

* Pulling back the putter does not have an effect on direction or distance, but it definitely helps with feel and control.

How to Chip

  • Slowly roll the trackball back and draw the golfer's club to the desired height. (Traditionally, a waist-level backswing will suffice)
  • In a smooth motion, roll the trackball forward to execute your chip.

Trackball Tidbits
High-lofted irons (i.e. 8-Iron, 9-Iron) are best for clearing elevations between your ball and the green, keeping in mind that your ball will not roll much once it lands. Lower-lofted irons are great for long chips with ample green since the ball will roll further. Also, using a low-trajectory iron to chip can reduce the effect of the green's break.

How To Swing

Adjust Volume, Camera Fly-By, Heads Up and More

Volume Volume
Players can control Golden Tee Golf's in-game volume. While holding down the Fly-By button, simultaneously press the Left (volume down) or Right (volume up) buttons. Now, no matter how loud or crowded the bar gets, you can still hear the game!

Camera Camera
Golden Tee Golf's Left, Right and Fly-By buttons offer players a variety of abilities and features to make the game more user-friendly and realistic.

Left/Right: Press the Left or Right buttons during game play to rotate your golfer 11° in that direction. Golfers can be rotated 360° from any ball location.

Fly-By: Fly-By is an important feature that was added to Golden Tee Golf all the way back in 2000. Simply press this button during game play prior to swinging and be given a moving camera view of the hole from tee to green.

Trackball Tidbits
The speed of the camera will vary based on the club selected; driver is fastest and putter is slowest. The FLY-BY feature is not available inside 80 yards to the hole.

Heads Up
The Heads Up feature was introduced into Golden Tee Golf with the 2004 edition of the game. Hold the Fly-By button down and the camera view behind your golfer will rise to give a higher view of the challenge ahead.

Trackball Tidbits
Something in your way? Hold down the FLY-BY button to maintain the heads up view while hitting your shot. Use this feature to gauge how high obstacles stand in front of you.

Birds-Eye View

Birds-Eye View Screens See the courses from above, and take advantage of a fantastic new resource in Golden Tee 2014. Birds-Eye View makes its debut, giving golfers a unique perspective they have never had.

To use the "Birds-Eye View" simply press and hold the blue "Help" button before hitting a shot. The camera will shift from behind the golfer to the sky, providing a new look of the hole layout and potential obstacles ahead.

It's the ideal tool for identifying obstacles, dealing with elevation, seeing the shapes of the green or fairway and planning the perfect shot.

The "Birds-Eye View" is here to help, and it will frequently come in handy.

Player Cards, Gift Cards, Credit Cards

Golden Tee LIVE's card reader offers players a variety of easy-to-use benefits and features.

Use A Card To Identify Yourself
Check-In Screen Players can identify themselves and enter LIVE competitions by simply sliding their Golden Tee / Silver Strike Bowler's Club / PowerPutt LIVE Player Card or credit card when prompted at the start of a game. Similar to express ticket check-in kiosks at airports around the globe, the game will instantaneously recognize who you are and access your accounts, personalized characters and statistics within seconds. Use either a Player Card or a credit card – it's safe and secure. All sensitive information goes through a 128-byte encryption process and is heavily secured in compliance with SHA standards.

When you choose to play in a Stats Play, Glory Play or Prize Play contest you will be asked to identify yourself before the game begins. By simply swiping a Golden Tee, Silver Strike Bowler's Club, PowerPutt LIVE Player Card or credit card in the card reader, your Golden Tee LIVE account will be accessed and the ability to compete in LIVE contests will be enabled. No charges are made to credit cards at this time, since this secure and encrypted process is purely for identification purposes only.

Have questions about your player card? Check out the Player Account FAQ! You can also purchase a Golden Tee Gold Card at the Card Store.

Use A Card To Pay
Golden Tee LIVE is the first arcade game in history to accept payment by credit card or gift card! When prompted to pay, you can select to Pay With Credit Card or Gift Card. Cards with the Visa® or Mastercard® logo are both accepted.

Gift Cards can be purchased right here. Just like at major retail stores, GT Gift Cards are charged up and debited until empty! They also make for fantastic gifts for that special GT fan.

Problems with your Gift Card or Gift Card order? Contact IT.

Payment Screen
Payment Screen Once identified, players will be asked how they'd like to pay for the game. Here are the following options:

  • Cash – Insert bills into the acceptor on the front of the cabinet.
  • Player Account – Use prize money won in past contests to pay for play by debiting your player account. Visit the Player Account FAQ for questions.
  • Credit Cards – Swipe your Visa® or MasterCard® in the card reader to pay for play!
  • Gift Card – Swipe your Golden Tee Gift Card in the card reader and get swinging!

Backspin / Roll / Bite

The Backspin button was introduced to Golden Tee Golf in 2000 during the launch of Golden Tee FORE! And while backspin remains an important feature in Golden Tee LIVE, this game-saving button now has the ability to apply forward Roll along with Bite – which debuted in Golden Tee 2012. Here's how it works:

Backspin Backspin
To apply Backspin, simply press the Spin button once. You'll notice a red arrow point up on your club and will see "Backspin" highlighted as well. When utilized, your ball will land and back up when it hits the green. This will also work when hitting a ball to the fairway but won't spin nearly as much.

Roll Roll
To apply Roll, press the Spin button twice. The red arrow will point down on your club and "Roll" should be highlighted. When utilized, your ball will kick forward when it lands, giving your drives, iron shots and chips extra distance. This can be especially beneficial off the tee or when hitting in rain.

Bite Bite
To apply Bite, press the Spin button three times. The red arrow will point upwards slightly on your club and "Bite" should be highlighted. When utilized, your ball will land and come to a sudden stop. This shot can be beneficial when hitting onto small greens or on tough par-3s.

Game Modes

Casual Play
Casual Play
Just play golf! Play a faster and easier game of Golden Tee without all of the bells and whistles of LIVE Play. Play the same courses but with easier conditions and drop spots.

Skins Play
Skins Play
A perfect twist on traditional golf! Compete against buddies for skins in this casual yet competitive way to play! Win the most skins and take home local GT bragging rights!

Stats Play
Stats Play
Play with your custom golfer and equipment, and record your stats without participating in a Prize Play or Glory contest! Stats play is the perfect way to get familiar with the benefits of online play, without the pressure of a national leaderboard - though Hole-n-Win is available!

Glory Play
Glory Play
Play online in LIVE 9-hole or 18-hole contests and see how you fare against other players of similar skill! Glory Play ranks you in 20-person contests for added fun and competition. Based on your Skill Bracket, you'll play from one of three tee-zones:


Pro Bracket players play from the Red Tee Zones
  • Plays from front tees
  • Gets only easy drop zones
Elite Bracket players of intermediate skill may play from the Blue Tee Zones
  • Plays from a mix of front and middle tees
  • Gets only standard drop zones
Elite Bracket players of exceptional skill may play from the Black Tee Zones
  • Plays from a mix of middle and back tees
  • Gets only standard drop zones

18-Holes for Prizes
18-Holes for Prizes
Pay an extra dollar and compete against fifty similarly skilled players in a LIVE online tournament! Every player in a given tournament plays under similar conditions, although various handicapping features may apply. In Prize Play, all games are played on Gold Tees, which are a random mixture of all tee boxes. Pro Players win $5 for finishing first and at least $1 for finishing 34th or higher. Elite Players win $10 for first place and at least $1 for 20th place or higher. And even if you don't win cash, you still win a free virtual golf ball!


  • 1st: $5
  • 2nd: $4
  • 3rd: $3
  • 4-10th: $2
  • 11-34th: $1
  • 35-50th: Virtual Ball


  • 1st: $10
  • 2nd: $8
  • 3rd: $6
  • 4th: $4
  • 5-10th: $2
  • 11-20th: $1
  • 21-50th: Virtual Ball

Closest-to-the-Pin LIVE
Closest-to-the-Pin LIVE
The quick, easy and inexpensive way to play Golden Tee where one incredible shot could pay huge dividends! Fifty players compete to see who can get closest to the pin or in the cup with nine shots. The $50 prize pool is then split up in the instance of a tie, but you win with a hole-in-one no matter what!

PLEASE NOTE: Closest-to-the-Pin LIVE is not available in all areas or on all Golden Tee LIVE machines. IT's standard legal terms and conditions apply to all Closest-to-the-Pin play.

Win BIG playing Golden Tee LIVE on one amazing shot thanks to Hole-n-Win!

Play an 18 Hole registered game of Golden Tee LIVE 2014 for Prizes, Glory or Stats Play. During your round, you'll receive one or two Hole-n-Win opportunities at either 50 cents or $1. If you hit a hole-in-one on a par-3 or a par-4 after accepting the offer you'll have the opportunity to win prizes up to $500! For official Hole-n-Win rules, click here.

Options Menu

The Options Menu is the player's hub for customization and game options. By pressing this yellow button during game play, players will be taken to a menu that offers a myriad of customizable attributes that are designed for personal preferences and to increase the game's overall entertainment value. Here's how it works.

Customize Golfer
Pick a gender, chose a face, and deck your golfer out in thousands of possible outfit combinations! Earn unique pieces of clothing for milestones and achievements!

Equipment Setup
Choose clubs and balls that are designed for your personal playing style. To select or purchase equipment, highlight and select "Equipment Setup" prior to teeing-off on the first hole.

Equipment Setup
  • Buy Clubs – Shows Club Sets' features and benefits and offers players a one-time purchase of $2 per set for permanent use.
  • Buy Golf Balls – Shows the features and benefits of available Golf Balls and offers players the option to purchase them for 50¢ a dozen. Like real golf, these balls are consumable - lose one in the water and it's gone. Be sure to stock up on the first hole!
  • Buy Golden Tees - Allows players to purchase Golden Tees in sets of 10 (50¢), 25 ($1.00), or 60 ($2.00). Tees can only be used on a tee box and each tee can only be used once. Once selected, that tee will count towards your total available.
  • Select Clubs – Arms player with any of the purchased club sets prior to tee-off.
  • Select Balls – Choose to use any of the purchased balls prior to tee-off.

Find out more about the clubs and balls that are NEW to Golden Tee 2014!

Change Personal Info
Change Personal Info Players can edit their name used for LIVE contest leaderboards. This simple feature is available at any time during game play and will be saved for future events.

To edit your leaderboard name simply highlight and select "Change Personal Info" from the menu. Use the trackball to select your desired nickname and select "Done" once you're finished. It's quick and easy and the change will be made instantly!

Give Away Code
Give Away Code Players can enter special Give Away Codes to unlock a variety of unique and entertaining Golden Tee LIVE items. These Give Away Codes are released on and can be redeemed on the game.

To Enter a Give Away Code press the Options button and select "Give Away Code" from the menu. Use the trackball to enter the 10-digit code, press "Done" and your unlocked item will then be displayed!

Play Random Tees
During a multi-player Glory game, players have the option to compete from the same random tee boxes despite any difference in their Skill Bracket! At any time during the round players can access the Options menu and select "Play Random Tees." This is available in both single and multi-player games.

In Stats Play games, players will be placed on silver tees which is a combintation of random tees for that particular hole.

Lock/Unlock Quick Shot
Lock/Unlock Quick Shot Lock and Unlock Quick Shot at any point in a game. Simply press the "Options" button and highlight and select "Lock Quick Shot" to speed up your game without having to press a single thing while you play! Select "Unlock Quick Shot" to turn this feature off at anytime.

Skip Golfer
Need to take a break? By selecting this, players can skip one's turn without penalty. This way the entire foursome does not have to wait while a player takes a bathroom or beer break.

Send Last Shot to YouTube™
Send Last Shot to YouTube It's no longer just the great shots that can be uploaded to YouTube. In Golden Tee 2014, any shot can be saved and shared. To upload your last shot, simply press the Options button and select "Send Last Shot to YouTube." You'll then be prompted to enter an email address or phone number, pay a small fee and verify this email before the shot is uploaded. For more information on the process, click here.

Player Quit
If a player has had enough, they have the choice to quit out of whatever game they're currently playing.

Return to Game
If a player is done with the Menu screen they can return to their current game.