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, parkland course
You might go M*/S* if you picked your pins carefully. Iíd still prefer something
Nominally woodland, but itís really too open for that, Cambrian Ridge is probably best known now for the bizarre use of the very pale
rough chosen for this pioneer of new-look Links 2003. Which is a bit unfair Ė this RTJ course has some outstanding holes, including
the 4th, 9th and 14th, and still plays pretty well. The visuals, other than the much-maligned rough, arenít too bad either.
Letís focus on the positives: the planting is generally very good by Microsoft standards, particularly as used to cover up the edges of
the water features. The blends are functional if hardly eye-catching. The resolution of the course is clearly good and an improvement
on anything that came before. But, yes, there is at least one very poor choice of texture, and the bunker sculpture is distinctly
You would be well-advised to ignore any visual turn-offs and focus on the excellent golfing tests that have been laid out in front of you.
The accommodating fairways are only half the story as there are a range of approach shots required, continued into the lengthy Par 5s
and the diverse set of short holes on the course. A high-quality and entertaining round of golf.
The fairways and greens are reasonably open, and the bunkers are shallow. Itís a shame that the main test has to come from the
dated green slopes and pin positioning, but unlike some other courses the challenge isnít exclusively on the green. Patches of deep
rough and water take their turn, and the course is far from a short one. You should expect a few birdies, but you wonít be able to run
Outstanding at the time, some parts still hold up fairly well, and it was certainly a good choice of course for adaptation. Shame about
the rough texture, of course.
||Still worth a round or two. Donít hold the Microsoft pedigree against it.
|This Microsoft course is available for purchase from RegNow.