It’s that time of year, when the company behind everybody’s favorite golfing arcade game begins to preview the next iteration of of the title for all to see.
The company in focus is Incredible Technologies and the game is Golden Tee 2019. This edition is celebrating a milestone next year, as it marks 30 years of existence for the franchise (this surprised me as I always had read that the original Golden Tee Golf launched in 1990; I checked the original flyer and it says 1989 though). Golden Tee is more popular than ever, at last check there are well over 10,000 units installed in bars, arcades and other out-of-home venues out there. Back when I sold arcade machines for a living, I was always surprised by how many home users would buy that edition to put into their mancave; it was just as popular as any official Pac-Man machine.

In celebrating this important occasion, IT has announced that they are introducing a new “casual mode” called Real Time Rivals to the game. This will involve real PGA players such as John Daly and presumably others.

@PGATOUR legend @PGA_JohnDaly joins the #GoldenTee team as part of a Real Time Rivals, a brand new casual mode coming to Golden Tee 2019! #GripIt #RipIt #ItsGoldenTee #GT30
— Golden Tee Golf (@GoldenTee) July 11, 2018

The company has also been occasionally showcasing the custom putters and patriotic clothing that will be a part of this update.
Incredible Technologies has also unveiled the five new courses that the game will enjoy, all embedded below. I believe this will bring the total course roster up to 72 (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong). It does appear that the lighting engine has been slightly enhanced from previous editions, although I wonder when/if they’ll ever tinker around with HDR Golden Tee