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Black Rose Valley
by Paul Seaman

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1692
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2006-08-29  81,309,696  bytes 72  7006 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
FICTIONAL  MOUNTAIN  Black Rose Valley_locked.crz 
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CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Fictional, forest course
Concept  8/10
Cutting swathes through woodland made surprisingly claustrophobic by its spindly trees, Black Rose Valley is as sombre a test of golf as it sounds. Magnificent hole design combines the woodland, elevation change and accurate hazarding in just the right amounts, and both the massive planting scheme and the overbearing panorama make you feel simultaneously trapped and at one with the course. The final hole is an absolute gem of a design and caps the round perfectly
Appearance  9/10
Very fine indeed, on the whole, although the ‘ditch’ problem that bothered Dullatur hasn’t quite been rectified here. It would have been nice to see either some variety or more significant underplanting in the forests too. But the panorama is top notch, the clubhouse and environs lovingly created, and a convincing line in slightly-worn textures used to best effect.
Playability  8/10
This immersive course keep you playing by mixing up the hole types and strategies so you never end up playing two consecutive holes the same. Good bunker positioning is thankfully not used to excess, and the combination of links and target golf keeps you on your toes. It’s nice to have a clear line of sight off nearly all tees and a lack of hazarding for the rare blind one. Perhaps extracting ones self from the woodlands or the deepest of the bunkers is something of a trial, but this is a course you’d be happy to visit time and time again.
Challenge  7/10
This course tries hard to press you, with annoyingly voracious woods, tough-to-read greens, and a fair old use of deep sand and even deeper water (several of the water hazards are hidden, moreover). But the Par 5s and 3s yield easily and breaking par should be feasible for most. No pushover, but not the big boy that it wants to be.
Technical  9/10
Planting and hole layout are Paul’s obvious strengths and this course shows them off very finely indeed. This is complemented by some excellent 3D sculpture and excellent attention to terrain. I still think the downward extrusions – ditch and deep bunkers particularly – are a little sharp, and could use a little ‘cover-up’ planting in the former case.
Overall A fair-minded and stimulating fictional course that has endeared itself to all Links golfers. 41/50
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
Ace57 %80
Eagle34 %48
Birdie6 %9
Par1 %1
Bogey or worse2 %3

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