CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)
Please remember that Clipnote reviews are the opinion of one person and do not constitute an 'Official' Links Corner review of the course.
Real, desert course.
Mexican golf courses arenít exactly commonplace, and doubtless Cabo
del Sol is the premier available offering. Itís not an ocean course in any
sense of the word, being swathed in arid, harsh desert. Golfers have not
been done any favours by the desert being made Out Of Bounds. Hole
design tends towards the long, and bunkers come into play often; perhaps
too often. Thereís just enough variety to prevent you growing bored,
With surprisingly rich planting for a desert course, good textures and Ė at last! Ė some competent seam blending, Cabo is one of
Microsoftís better looking clubhouses. The impressive sight of the clubhouse guides you around the turn, and the ocean side is deftly
constructed. Itís not Mike Jones, but itís one of the best commercial courses in terms of visuals.
Having OB desert is a major turn off. There is little rough bordering the fairways, and slight hooks or slices (especially on Champ mode
or higher) are punished too harshly. But the Par 5s provide an excellently-judged degree of tension, and all the Par 3s offer a
spectacular view to take your mind off the lurking desert. Itís not a bad round, but it could use some more risk/reward to really justify
Obviously, hitting the desert will cost you shots, and swingers without a firm snap will drop strokes. But the softly rolling greens will
yield birdie putts as compensation and the most common score will hover around par. Itís a frustrating course at times, but you might
be pleasantly surprised by your score.
Unlike the majority of the commercial courses, this compares pretty favourably with many APCD releases. Perhaps the landscaping
looks a little blocky in places, and certainly the OB rules might have been adjusted for the benefit of the game of golf, but the textures
look good, the planting excellent, and many up-to-date techniques have been utilised well.
||A very competent desert course. Where many in the same style have failed, Cabo
looks realistic and plays effectively. Itís not quite in the top flight, but a nice novelty
to have among the wealth of US and European courses.
|This Microsoft course is available for purchase from RegNow.