How to play PGA TOUR 2K21 on Mac

Screenshot of PGA TOUR 2K21

PGA TOUR 2K21 is a popular sports game developed by HB Studios Multimedia Ltd.. It was originally released for Windows on 20 Aug, 2020.

You still can't play PGA TOUR 2K21 on Mac because a native Mac version was never released, but you can play PGA TOUR 2K21 on Windows running inside Mac. Here's how.

What is PGA TOUR 2K21?

Here's a quick description:

Play against the pros. Play with your crew. In PGA TOUR 2K21, you can play by the rules or create your own featuring a new PGA TOUR Career Mode, licensed courses and more! Powered by The Golf Club.

How to play PGA TOUR 2K21 using Parallels

Even if you don't have a PC, you can install Windows on your Mac using Parallels. Parallels is virtualization software with full support of DirectX and GPUs, which will give you a decent graphics performance. With a couple of clicks, you can install Windows 10 on Mac and ten switch between MacOS and Windows instantly. You can run Windows just like on a regular PC, install Steam and enjoy PGA TOUR 2K21 game on Mac.

Even though the virtualization is relatively easy to set up, it requires you to buy both Parallels and Windows licenses. Since you'll be running two operating systems side by side, you'll need to dedicate at least 20-30GB of disk space for this setup and also a strong machine to run both operating systems at the same time.

If you have an older Mac or have a Mac with an M1 chip which doesn't fully support virtualization yet, you might want to try a virtual computer running in the cloud such as Second Computer.

How to play PGA TOUR 2K21 using Second Computer

Alternatively, you can create a virtual computer in the cloud using Second Computer. Instead of license fee for Windows and Parallels, you pay by the hour (so it's much cheaper if you are using it infrequently) and you control the computer via a web browser. That means even if you have an older computer, you can run the latest games in the cloud without maxing out your processor or memory.

One added benfit is that since the computer is located in the cloud, you can access it from any device you own. So in theory you can play PGA TOUR 2K21 not just from your Mac, but also from your iPhone and Android device (it's not going to be a very nice experience though on such a small screen size).

Either way, Second Computer provides a nice alternative for running non-native Mac apps on your Mac by connecting to a computer in the cloud.

Happy gaming!

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Jan 20, 2021

Seriously. Pop-up ads when launching the game. Multiple. Not the first time you launch, or the second. They wait a few days then start pouring it on. That's what a $60 game is worth to them I guess, a few days of ad-free play time. Mobile games offer a better value there.And not just that. They remove the option to continue your PGA Career from the first menu until you give them your email, mobile number, more money or whatever is entailed with "connecting my account to 2k" which is what I was born to do, really. I just can't achieve my one life ambition, to connect my account to 2k instead of playing golf. So F em.Nobody should feel obligated to give out personal information to play a video game. It's a minor inconvenience, having to tab over 4 slow menus to get to the option to resume your PGA Career, but that's enough to become annoying because the option to exit the software isn't on that tab, it's on the first tab, which is where resume would be if you "connected your account to 2k". Just enough of an inconvenience to make most people say "okay have my email, whatever, just get out of my face." That's sleaze and I don't knowingly do sleaze anymore. I've gotten old and farty and I'm taking more moral stands in my life, even on trivial things like bad software developers. Like 2k. That's my pop-up ad to them. Pity I can't hit them with it every day to mirror their sleaze to them. Grumble, grumble, fart.It's gonna take a lot of play time to make me feel like I didn't get hosed down with crap in this purchase, because right now I feel like I need a shower for having given money to a company that aspires to be like EA, in all their crapiness. I'll see what I can do.


Aug 4, 2020

The game is fun, but with already limited brands the need to pay for a premium pass to unlock new clubs is what is wrong with games these days.


July 13, 2020

Let's start with the physics. The wind (anywhere from 0-30 and slightly fluctuates as you play), the lie (except in sand**), ball trajectory (there is also an assist that shows you the expected trajectory), ball spin, roll, and putting (which at first takes getting used to. Best tip I can offer, however much you're aiming left/right to compensate, go more). It's all, IMO, implemented perfectly.Can we talk about playing with friends and having the option to watch each other take turns or not? (this is a really handy feature to play together competitively with a large group of people.)The PGA Tour is quite extensive (33 rounds, still haven't finished my first one, so I don't know if that includes championship rounds or anything extra like that.) Not to mention there are introductory "tours" that lead you into the PGA Tour. The fact that you can import courses from PGA 2k19. The day it came out, there were not only plenty of amazing official courses, but endless top-notch player made ones as well.There are plenty of cosmetics while the options continue to expand. You can also completely change every aspect about your character at any time. Making long putts, chips, and hole in ones are EXTREMELY rewarding. They always feel well earned and deserved because some days you play... and it's just not your day. My best round is -18. I still have rounds where I get par or worse.The golf bag. Omg the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ golf bag. It makes me so warm and fuzzy inside. It's just one more level that adds to the satisfaction of doing well. Knowing you did it with a carefully planned golf bag, with clubs strategically selected, saved for, and purchased. There are many options for difficulty and assists so that anyone can start from somewhere comfortable and work there way up is they want, and playing with harder settings get's you a higher XP multiplier which is applied anytime you complete anything.Honestly, this is one of the best golf games I have ever played, and I've played most of the Tiger Woods games, most of the Hot Shots golf games, Tee it Up, Tee Time, and even Outlaw Golf (lol, and I'm probably forgetting a few others, and I'm not gonna bring up retro golf games hahaha). There are a few discrepancies I have with some things in this game, but it still stands out far above the rest.**The only real problem I've had is with the lie (or is it lye?), which is the percentage of power you get based on the conditions of where your ball is. (In the rough you might have "~68% - 74%") When in sand, it seems like the lie has NO effect on the ball, and you can just shoot like normal, just account for elevation. That's about it.They also added a pass like many other games have. Most games have a monthly pass. This one is every 3 months, and, if I remember right, costs less than $10. A few great features of said pass: You level up very quickly, the amount of XP needed per level never changes, you CAN'T tier up with real money, but you CAN tier up with in game currency, which you earn all the time.All that being said, I still wouldn't pay $60 for it. $60 is a hard sell for any game IMO. Good thing it's already been on sale twice (that I've seen) for 50% off. $30 is well worth the purchase.