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, canyon course
People always seem to remember Princeville as being better than it
actually is. While it features some of best and most innovative Par 5 holes
in world golf, the majority of it is actually less special. The elevation
changes are not as pronounced, nor the tropical shrubbery quite as
impinging on play, as you might imagine, and youíre left with an average
amble in the countryside. Hawaiian countryside, admittedly.
There are quite a lot of disappointing hard edges here, particularly visible around the hastily-added cartpaths. But the course is set in
lush tropical settings, with a stunning panorama, and could hardly fail to be good looking. Some largeish elevation changes contribute
to some impressive views, and while the technical aspects of the presentation take something to be desired, this is still a feast for the
18 holes will fly by. Every one of the amazing Par 5s will keep you guessing, and most holes offer a subtle potential for risk/reward.
Youíll need to bring the best in greenside play to do well, and some creative pin positioning requires flair and imagination. The most is
made of elevation changes, from the sharp downhill holes to the surprisingly steep uphill approach to the last hole. Itís an excellent
course to play, let down slightly by some impenetrable rough in places and some less-than-exciting holes around the turn.
One of the biggest disappointments of Princeville for me was its failure to live up to its reputation as a tough and challenging course.
Even on difficult pin settings, I found putting way too easy, and the only thing that kept my score up was the occasional unplayable lie.
The hazards and the OB didnít come into play at all, and I finished 4-under. Very disappointing.
Some hard edges, some shape problems, and some flawed and cloned planting. All problems that are familiar to the old Microsoft
courses. But if Kapalua made a good job of avoiding them, why couldnít Princeville?
||Certainly not the worst Microsoft course, but in light of its reputation a big
disappointment. Donít expect any of the challenge or big elevations that youíd been
led to believe.
|This Microsoft course is available for purchase from RegNow.