To the most dedicated fans of Links 2003, it's likely that this game is numero uno in their eyes. After all, while yearly renditions of the Tiger Woods franchise have come and gone, there's still a hardcore community of gamers willing to gather for Links tournaments.
The 2003 version, created by Microsoft Game Studios, was the last of its kind ever developed for the PC.
In recent years, course mod packages and the Arnold Palmer Course Designer have kept this game alive, in addition to its pinpoint control system and easy-to-use online matchmaking system that are arguably the best ever created.
The reason we're putting this game behind TW '04 on our list is its playability, which is geared more toward those who want a pure simulator, compared to those desiring an arcade/sim-hybrid experience.
We'd liken the comparison to Call of Duty versus SOCOM; you can probably guess which one of those turned out to be more popular.