Hot Shots Golf is a game that stays near the top of the stack because you keep pulling it out for a few minutes here and there. I love the "Minigame" mode, where you've got one shot to get the ball in the hole ... they're all straight shots, and the green slopes right into the hole, but you have to pay attention or you'll miss. I also like the longer-playing "Challenge" mode, where you complete a whole course.
The thing is, I really don't like golf. Tons of land fenced in, tons of water spent on a few people, super-competetive freaks who don't remember that it's a game, after all. So why does the video game appeal to me? I think it's because they've really *nailed* the scenery and the physics, making it more screensaver than game in some respects. I just enjoy flying through the different sites, and watching the parabolic course of a ball struck with a force and then deflected by gravity. It's actually kinda relaxing!