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SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 
GO FOR THE GREEN GOLF game
1973 EDITION




Along with Sports Illustrated Pro Football, Sports Illustrated College Football and Sports Illustrated Baseball, Handicap Golf was part of the company's first foray into the gaming world.  All the games use a similar system of play and they were all very popular.  Unlike the other games this one went out of production after Sports Illustrated began it's partnership with Avalon Hill during the mid 1970's so it's the hardest to find of all of the originals.  There are 3 editions of the game, the first in a bookshelf style box called Handicap Golf, the second in a long flatbox called Pro Golf and the 3rd in a slightly revised and re-titled version (Go For The Green). 

The game includes the following holes:

Hole #1 Merion Golf Club
Hole #2 Scioto Country Club
Hole #3 Olympic COuntry Club
Hole #4 Baltusrol Golf Club
Hole #5 Colonial Country Club
Hole #6 Seminole Golf Club
Hole #7 Pine Valley Golf Club
Hole #8 Prairie Dunes Country Club
Hole #9 Champions Golf Club
Hole #10 Winged Foot Golf Club
Hole #11 Merion Golf Club
Hole #12 Augusta Country Club
Hole #13 Oak Hill Country Club
Hole #14 Cherry Hills Country Club
Hole #15 Oakmont Country Club
Hole #16 Oakland Hills Country Club
Hole #17 Quail Creek Country Club
Hole #18 Pebble Beach Golf Links


sports illustrated handicap golf parts

The other game parts are in EXCELLENT condition.  The game has been verified to be 100% complete with all the parts that were originally included in this edition of the game accounted for.  There are a few incidental grease pencil marks due the pencil being loose in the box for all these years.  No creases, tears or staining on any of the game materials.  Overall I would grade the game parts 8 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

sports illustrated HANDICAP GOLF Game

The game box is in VERY GOOD-EXCELLENT condition.  The lid is free of splits, stains or writing.  Just a little bit of surface rubbing.  The bottom is also free of splits, stains and writing but has suffered some caving from being stacked on top of a smaller game.  I would grade the box a 6-7 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

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CONDITION GUIDE: 

MINT (10):
 I will only give this grade to brand new, unused items. NEAR MINT (9):  Shows virtually no use.  Seldom if ever played.  Cards will have at worst some dented corners from shuffling around in the box.  Perhaps some very light handling creases to the instructions or other minor flaws with the game parts.  Boxes will have only the slightest hint of shelf wear.   EXCELLENT (7-8): The game has seen some use but it was obviously well taken care of.  Charts may have denting to the corners, perhaps a few may have light stains or other very light handling wear but the vast majority will be close to flawless.  Game parts might have some light handling creases or other signs of careful use.  Board might have just a hint of color loss or dented corners.  Boxes will have light rubbing to the artwork or perhaps some minor dishing or a very light stain.   VERY GOOD (5-6):  The game was not especially well cared for but it still has faired pretty well.  Charts will have light handling creases or light stains.  Perhaps a couple may have a few stray pen marks or a small edge tear.  All chart results will be fully readable.  Other game parts will show obvious use but nothing will be torn, badly stained or have any serious damage.  Box may have some rubbing, light staining, dishing, 1 or 2 neatly split corners, minor writing and/or a few pieces of tape.  No major structural damage and artwork will still be generally attractive.  GOOD (3-4): Obviously no care was taken with the game but it is still playable as is.  Charts will show moderate to heavy use and many will be yellowed, stained, creased or written on.  A couple may be torn and taped back together.  All card results will be fully readable.  Other game parts show considerable use but the game is complete with all parts in usable condition.  Box may have staining, writing, split corners, dishing and/or other structural damage but it will be intact and still usable.   POOR (1-2):  Only suitable to fill a space in your collection.  Charts are heavily worn and some are badly damaged.  Game will be missing parts (these will be noted).  Box will have serious damage and may be missing aprons or badly torn.

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