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Robert Trent Jones G.T. - Links (2003)
by Microsoft

Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2002-08-21  33,531,423  bytes 72  7311 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  UNCLASSIFIED  Links2k3.crz 
Course ID Course Key
bc19c691a2204f6eabd59778320f4e3f  45347b4cfe3f769ff5bfba6efbb73b93 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Description
Real, lakeside course
Location
TBA
Conditions
TBA
Concept  8/10
I don’t know how the course got the ‘Links’ moniker. This is very much inland, forest-enclosed and playing around one large lake. Some of the immediacy of The Judge course is lost, leaving this a more casual round, although no less clever in terms of strategic merit. There’s plenty to be thought through in your approach to the holes around the turn, and the raised greens only add to the tension.
Appearance  6/10
This doesn’t really have the same visual appeal as its brother course, due in the main to some very poor texture choices and lack of efficient blending. Despite some attractive low-level planting, there are times when the course is just jarring on the eye. Why it couldn’t be an equal to The Judge is beyond me.
Playability  9/10
There’s something smooth, relaxed and unhurried about this course that appeals greatly. Although you’re made to play to the designer’s whim from time to time, there’s very little feeling of being throttled back. Rather, there’s more a contentment in being allowed to set up pinpoint approaches, and a satisfaction in sinking the birdie putts. This is laid-back, although not horizontal, golf at its best.
Challenge  6/10
Some of the trickiness of The Judge course has certainly not been translated. The biggest difference is not having the water directly in play nearly as often, although the astute golfer will also realise that penal lies are far less frequent and that the in-play elevations are more apt to hitting the greens. In fact, I seldom required my recovery skills during testing: as good an indicator as any as to the course’s difficulty.
Technical  6/10
It does seem peculiar that this couldn’t quite reach the same levels as the other RTJ course, but the glaring truth remains that the textures are ill-chosen and that the low-level planting aren’t quite in the same class. More could easily have been done, especially given the course is in a less prepossessing location.
Overall A dream to play, but not achieving the same pinnacles as some of the other MS2003 courses. 35/50
Please remember that Clipnote reviews are the opinion of one person and do not constitute an 'Official' Links Corner review of the course.

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