I picked mine up cheap many moons ago. It played but needed a new playfield as the old one was worn to the wood and most of the inserts were lifted or gone. It hurt my feelings when the only one I found, a NOS, cost me $1200. Nearly what I paid for the game.
The shop job was a nightmare - adjusting the gophers exactly right took almost as much time as rebuilding the PF. I can see why this game was hated on location and didn't sell well. It really needs to be set up right. For example, the code doesn't take into account that the gophers may be out of position. If a gopher is supposed to be up, but is down, because of some mechanical issue, you can't lock a ball and you can't achieve multiball. And since the multiball jackpot shot is such a huge award, not being able to get there really screws the game. These types of things plague this game on location and is probably why people didn't like it back in the day.
On the other hand, if the game is set up right, it's such a blast to play. I think the layout is one of lawlor's best.
I set the gopher taunts to aggressive and have the ball fire back down the middle. Bud and Buzz are confrontational and funny. I hate golf, but I love this game.