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, heathland course
Plays surprisingly well up to M*/F* and faster if you choose pins carefully on one
or two greens. Windy conditions advisable
Very full of British charm and landscaping, this is one of the better efforts from the Microsoft design team. They have succeeded in
transferring a visual stimulating and varietal course into Links with very few flaws. The course itself is one of the best in the British Isles;
traditional links mixed with target-style American values, if fizzling out a little through the final few holes with some ‘challenge’ holes that
have lost much of their difficulty.
A cut above many of the original Links courses, Gleneagles has been pretty well planted and blended, and looks particularly good from
middle- and far-distances, aided by a well-matched panorama and a decent variety of planting, given the course is quite sparse. There’s
some frightfully lumpy elevation work, though, not least around the bunkers, and they are indication enough of how much techniques have
The statuesque nature of this course is enough to see you through at points, and plenty of holes have excellent strategy shifts
depending on your approach angles and choice of tees. There are a bundle of excellent trademark holes which you shouldn’t miss out
upon. The lack of ambient sound is all that is wanting here.
Much of this course plays very tightly to par, only giving up occasional strokes here and there. The rough is spacious, but the greens
aren’t at all easy to hit, even on the Par 3 holes. Sadly, a lot of this gets thrown away down the closing stretch, all of which seem to
play abnormally easy, and a score a few under seems to be the median performance.
Certainly lacking by today’s standards, but this is certainly better than the majority of Microsoft’s output with a good coherence and
some very believable aspects to the course. Shame about the extrusion and elevation work, which can be a bit of an eyesore at more
than one point.
||Holds up well as one of the better commercially-available courses. Don’t ignore this
for your tournament out of sheer snobbery.
|This Microsoft course is available for purchase from RegNow.