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Westfields Golf Club (2003)
by Microsoft

Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2002-08-21  30,099,445  bytes 71  6920 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  UNCLASSIFIED  Westf2K3.crz 
Course ID Course Key
c54968b34a364d66af3efd50a5ecfc97  3d47120982b113991f372ded810a70db 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Description
Real, woodland course
Location
Virginia
Conditions
You’d probably want to stick to S*/S*
Concept  5/10
Well-planted but otherwise really quite undistinguished, Westfields is almost notable for the lack of gimmicks. In many courses, that might be refreshing, but here it’s little more than routine and a bit dull. There are occasional highlights – the holes at the end of each half are very worthy – but otherwise there’s not much of interest. The enclosing effect of the forest isolates the plot and there are much more convincing interpretations of courses in Civil War country than this.
Appearance  4/10
The planting is pretty good at tree level, although less so in the serrated grasses, which largely look a bit silly, but this is little more than standard form from Microsoft. At least the woodlands look good, which is more than can be said for the plot. Manhandled and textured shoddily, with bunkers neglected, there is little to look at at ground level. Work off the fairways: paths, bridges and suchlike, provide the only eye candy.
Playability  4/10
Rather repetitive and mediocre, you’ll find everything relatively unthreatening at Westfields, and your round amounts to little more than a procession. There are decent touches in the previews and sound, but they’re not enough reason to slog around this yawner of a course on their own merits.
Challenge  6/10
The greens are tough, but much of the rest is pretty easy. Especially with unguarded greens, there’ll be a lot of chipping close, and approach shots seem to be more an exercise in looking at the view rather than actually attacking the pin. Expect to finish comfortably under.
Technical  4/10
The really poor efforts with the elevations and uncustomised textures are likely to linger in the memory longer than any beauties of the course. Some half-decent planting isn’t really enough justification.
Overall Unspectacular and unmemorable. A ‘routine’ course that could have easily been replaced. 23/50
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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