PGA Tour 2K21 Features 15 Licensed Golf Courses, Recreated Using Aerial Drone Mapping

It’s always fascinating seeing how a game attempts to recreate real-life locations. For racing games, the holy grail of tech uses laser scanning to capture all the bumps and curves of a race track.

Thanks to this new video of PGA Tour 2K21, we know what’s the equivalent of this in recreating golf courses.

Developers HB Studios partner up with Terra Imaging to capture footage of the golf courses via aerial drone. The drones not only captures regular 4K video footage, but also the details and contours of the courses, down to the centimeters in accuracy, for the developers to bring in the game. From there, the developers’ art team add in the details like buildings and trees.

So you can expect not only for the bunkers, rough, greens and hazards to be where they are, but the characteristics of the contours of the golf courses to closely match their real-life counterparts.

You can see how the drone mapping works in this new trailer, featuring the TPC (Tournament Players Club) course of East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta.

Additionally, 2K also revealed that 15 licensed courses will be in PGA Tour 2K21, recreated using this course mapping tech. They are:

  • Atlantic Beach Country Club
  • Copperhead Course
  • East Lake Golf Club
  • Quail Hollow Club
  • Riviera Country Club
  • TPC Boston, Massachusetts
  • TPC Deere Run, Illinois
  • TPC Louisiana
  • TPC River Highlands, Connecticut
  • TPC San Antonio, Texas
  • TPC Sawgrass, Florida
  • TPC Scottsdale, Arizona
  • TPC Southwind, Tennessee
  • TPC Summerlin, Nevada
  • TPC Twin Cities, Minnesota

PGA Tour 2K21 will see you create your own golfer and rise through the ranks before being able to compete in the PGA Tour proper.

PGA Tour 2K21 tees off on August 21 for the PS4, PC (Steam), Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Stadia.


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