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.
Imaginary, desert course.
This is, of course, the track used by Microsoft to show off the APCD and a
handful of their sandstone textures. But itís a decent concept in its own right
and contains some imaginative, if unpolished, hole designs. The sandstone
monoliths are a great idea, but not utilised as well as they might be. If
Microsoft can really go to town on the likes of Devilís Island, why didnít they
Generally, thereís some impressive views, but later in the eighteen the designers appeared to grow lazy. The cliffs abut straight onto
fairway without any transition. Elevation changes spoil some views and some of the most beautiful landscape is therefore not visible.
The overall effect isnít half as impressive as one would like.
The novelty value of this course is the main reason to play it. Thereís a decent amount of risk/reward, but again I thought there could
have been much more. The course is seriously lacking in replayability values, though: once youíve seen it, thereís nothing new the
second time. Despite the variety of the holes, mystifyingly youíll end up playing many of them the same way.
wide open fairways and greens and stone walls to knock your ball back into play, itís all too easy to score pars here. Birdies will
come with time and patience, rather than skill. In contrast, the final Par 4 is some way over 500 yards and impossible to hit in two. I
believe that technical know-how took priority over golfing expertise here.
The panoramaís nice, and you canít knock what has been done with the rock formations or the desert sand. Some more work on
texture transitions is necessary towards the end, and thereís more than a hint of hard-edged shapes, but a decent effort nevertheless.
||Not as bad as most people make out, but there is still a lot to be desired here. Not a
patch on Box Canyon in golfing terms.
|This Microsoft course is available for purchase from RegNow.