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The Pinnacle
by Paul Woodbury

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1377
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2003-12-19  50,713,976  bytes 72  6941 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
FICTIONAL  DESERT  the pinnacle.crz 
Course ID Course Key
eaabd8bfa3f8478897fdbb172e3ba643  6b346dc7fe1479d59335f07081c31070 



The Pinnacle is Paul Woodbury's 6th course for the APCD, with such works at San Simeon; he has established himself as one the most accomplished designers in Links Golf. From the moment I saw the splash screen, I knew that I was in for a treat.

My Favorite Hole:
It's hard to choose a favorite hole on a great design such as this. Hole 12 was one I didn't expect. A downhill par 3 about 200 yards to a large green. Club selection is difficult to get close to the flag. The way the hole plays, a 4-iron would be too much and a 5-iron would be too little. A little touch is required to judge the distance right.

Course Difficulty:
Not a really hard course...Just pick a line and go for it. Rewarded for the good shots and punished for the bad shots.

What I really like about this course:
It's not a point and click course. Different lines are required off the tee to leave the perfect angle to attack the pins. Sometimes laying up with a 3 or 4 wood is necessary to give yourself a flat lie. The bunkering was very nice, although a few of them could be tightened up a bit, though it's nothing to complain about. The color of the textures used for this course could easily go onto a links course. Another thing that drew my attention was the designers creativity around the tees. The designer did not hesitate to use 3d objects in his course design. They are pretty much everywhere. I also thought he did an excellent job on planting. I tend not to like desert courses, but this one holds a special place in my heart, and now a special place on my hard drive.

Unique Qualities:
From the opening tee shot to the last putt holed on the 18th green, you'll notice that this course gives you an opportunity to use every club in the bag. Reachable par 5's and short to mid iron par 3's are just the beginning of this beautiful layout which I believe players all around the world will find enjoyable. You must be on your game to shoot a great number on this course. The greens are not easy to read and any tee shot missed on the wrong side of the fairway could leave you with a lay-up as your only sensible option.

Download Value:
Great download for the slow or fast internet connection. I truly recommend this course for those who want a stiff test. It's staying on my hard drive, and burned to a disk so that I can enjoy this for many years to come.

Included: splash screen, hole previews, 3d objects.

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Fictional, desert course
Concept  3/10
I donít understand where The Pinnacle is coming from. Itís very much a desert course, but has a snowy, mountainous backdrop which is totally unsuited. The desert is over-planted and ill-sculpted as an Out Of Bounds region. A completely inappropriate water feature makes a poorly timed appearance. There is some good hole design on the back nine, but frankly not enough to hold this course up as a coherent concept.
Appearance  7/10
As with the rest of the course, the textures do not sit happily, although they are admittedly blended perfectly. The plantingís good too, as is the low-level elevations; itís on the large scale that the course fouls up again. Inexplicably, the 12th tee is elevated miles above the rest of a fairly flat course, which doesnít help an already shaky feel of authenticity. Of all things, though, surely the inapt panorama should be the first to go.
Playability  6/10
Far too much OB causes frustration, and the front nine is lacking in shot choices. Later, you genuinely get chance to give your whole bag a thorough workout, and there are sufficient new challenges and original hole designs to guide you through. As far as playability goes, though, The Pinnacle is flawed, in part, through lack of variety and in part through lack of believability.
Challenge  9/10
The greens provide a stern test at The Pinnacle, as does the ever-present desert. Bunkers are judiciously placed, especially fairwayside. The rough will take distance from approach shorts, although thankfully it is not too penal. Whatever its other flaws, this course is a very fine test of your golf game indeed.
Technical  8/10
The Pinnacle has been let down by lack of planning, but not by lack of technical expertise. Textures blend well with each other, and the low-level planting is thorough and mixed. 3D objects around the course have clearly had the bulk of the design time lavished on them. The priorities for attention are fairly clear: better locale and less fanciness.
Overall A course suffering from a lack of environment. Plays well, but never for the life of me will I believe that this is a real course. 33/50
Please remember that Clipnote reviews are the opinion of one person and do not constitute an 'Official' Links Corner review of the course.


 Votes cast
Ace54 %50
Eagle33 %30
Birdie12 %11
Par1 %1
Bogey or worse0 %0

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