In Sonic the Hedgehog Golf, the player takes control of iconic characters from the Sonic the Hedgehog series in a sport game based on golf. Each character has three attributes determining their performance: Power, Spin, and Control. The game takes place across a nine-hole golf course, with each golf course being based on Zones from the original Sonic the hedgehog. Notably, when starting the game, the player always has to choose between five language settings (English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish) and then whether they want audio enabled or not.
Following the traditional golf rules, the objective of the game is to knock a golf ball across the Courses into a hole marked with a Goal Plate with the least amount of strokes. Points are awarded for staying under par. Along the way, the golf balls knocked away by the characters can pick up objects that lie along their trajectory, such as Rings and Item Boxes. When the golf ball lands in the course's hole, a Flicky-like bird will emerge from the hole. As the player progresses through the game, they will unlock new Courses and difficulty settings. When the player completes a playthrough, they will be given an overview of their performance which they can choose to save in their High Scores.
Gimmicks and obstacles
New Game is where the player can begin a new playthrough. When entering this mode, the player first has to choose between three different playthroughs (Main Game, Single Course, or Single Hole). They must then choose how many players that are going to participate in the game (one, two, or three), which character the player(s) are going to play as, and finally the difficulty setting for the playthrough (Novice, Amateur, or Pro) before entering a playthrough.
Records is where the player can view recordings of their earlier playthroughs. Here, they are given the following selection of overviews:
- High Scores:
- Total Stats: Gives a overall view of the following achievements:
- Birds Freed:
- Rings In One Shot:
- Lonest Drive (Meters):
- Longest Putt (Meters):
- Chip Ins:
- Hole In Ones:
Options is the settings menu for Sonic the Hedgehog Golf which holds the following options:
- Music On/Off
- Sound On/Off:
- Vibrations On/Off:
- Reset Records:
- Reset Save Data:
About is where the player can view the current version of the game.