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, ocean course
Itís difficult to recommend anything faster than S*/S*. Works well under windy
Very reminiscent of the classic Hawaiian courses in the rollicking elevations and steep learning curve, Pelican Hill is an exciting clifftop
gem from the same part of the world as Spyglass Hill, Pebble Beach et al. A layout that uses the landscape to excellent effect, it has backto-
back Par 3s on the back nine and certainly no intention of being stretched to outrageous lengths. As exhilarating as any other West
Coast course you care to name, it has received a workmanlike makeover for Links that ranks among Microsoftís better efforts.
Textures are the main weakness here, with some poor contrasts and lots of stretching where no mapping has taken place on the
elevations. Knocked by many, I quite like the planting, although perhaps the best that can be said for it is that it has retained a quaint
charm and isnít too pixelated, even close-up. The bunker-work is disappointing and almost looks like an afterthought.
Plenty of the thrills in the vein of Kapalua or Princeville here. With virtually no hole tending to the flat, itís all about seeking out the best
lies on the fairway. The relatively innocuous greenside bunkers wonít be seen as much of an issue, though, and the dreaded steel-tree
syndrome rears its head too often. Despite the flaws, itís a course worth re-visiting for the tactical nous required.
With greens verging on the ridiculous, thereís no doubt where the main challenge was originally intended to lie. Under the Mod, of
course, it becomes a different set of parameters, and the course is virtually unplayable on faster settings. When you take the greens
out of factor, Pelican Hill is a bit of a pussycat, with plenty of room for a mis-placed drive, and little to warrant penalty strokes.
Pelican Hill has the advantage over many of its contemporaries with sharper visuals and imaging, and the course remains coherent all
the way around, thanks to the offbeat environment. While itís not always completely pleasing on the eye, and badly needs a texture
makeover, itís still one of Microsoftís better pieces of work.
||A fine course from the MS stable, and one which you should enjoy on more than
|This Microsoft course is available for purchase from RegNow.