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, woodland course
Youíll probably want to stick to S*/M* or slower.
18 not-particularly-outstanding holes, some woodland and gentle rough. Not a lot to write home about. The courseís main feature is the
good elevation work, which causes a continual re-evaluation of club selection. Otherwise, itís a fairly humdrum selection of holes;
thereís little that stands out and impresses.
Generally passable and not too offensive. The seam blends are OK, although the course is crying out for an original set of textures,
and the elevations and custom items are expertly done. The coup de gras (pun not intended) is the planting, which is hugely varied
and very authentic. Itís topped off with a nice panorama and looks decent, although itís not up to the best APCD standards.
Yawn city. Few holes offer a playing choice or any risk/reward, and the constant elevation changes just become frustrating as you
search in vain for the right club. A lot of pin positions border on the unfair: either mid-slope or too close to the edge of the green. This is
not relaxing, nor particularly fun to play.
Flat greens and desperately short Par 5s make for eagle opportunities, and these will lower the scores. A 65 would certainly not be out
of the question around Otsego: those on Pro level might want to be closer to 60. A lot of hazards seem almost marginal to the golf on
offer; while Iím sure the re-creation is accurate, it didnít have good golf in mind.
As a 2003 release, this is pretty good technically, and fundamentally ticks all the right boxes. The paths distract too much from the play,
and there is a distinct lack of customisation (as with all MS courses), but the biggest flaws here are with the golf, not with the design.
||Another course where you question the wisdom of selecting it for Links conversion.
Very little in the way of stand-out features.
|This Microsoft course is available for purchase from RegNow.