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Leven Scoonie Golf Course
by Dave Leitch & Stewart Parker

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1748
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2007-03-26  51,654,656  bytes 255  5435 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  PARKLAND  leven Scoonie.crz 
Course ID Course Key
338b221c6b7d4a44a4c72d259fddea81  33a6dbf85f9665b177ead40d806e50ef 

Original by David Leitch.
Update by Stewart Parker.



CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, links course
Concept  7/10
Leven Scoonie is one of the new generation of courses re-vamped in the APCD1.5 and coming out almost completely unrecognisable. It’s a cosy little course, under 5500 yards, without a Par 5 to its name, but like all courses this length has that indefineable charm and unthreatening aura to it. Plus, there are a couple of surprises thrown in into the bargain and a neat little read-me by Stewart Parker showing how he’d tidied the course up. Sure, it’d be no good for serious tournament competition, but as a little municipal course, it’s just perfect.
Appearance  7/10
Comparing the before-and-after screenshots in the read-me, you wonder how we ever played Links 2001. Lovely texture use and grass planting make the course infinitely better to look at. There are still a couple of clones in the treeline, however, and the panorama is ill-fitting to say the best. Selling points such as the lumpy, yet natural, elevations and the graveyard do the course proud, however.
Playability  9/10
I’ve never been sure what it is about these ‘executive’-length courses that gives them so much appeal. Presumably, because they are everyman courses that we all might play in real life, it’s nice to be able to step up with a Pro-standard Links golfer and batter it like you never could. Leven Scoonie is certainly no exception; with no hole longer than 430 yards, it’s a great exercise in short iron play, and remarkably exhilarating golf. Highly recommended.
Challenge  3/10
OK, you could never claim that the course is hard. There’ll be many eagle opportunities for the long-hitters, and plenty of chances to sink shots from off the green for the rest of us. The course employs elevations, its main weapon, well, but there’s a lack of hazards, deep grass, or pretty much anything else to catch out the wayward hitter. Even on a Par 67, expect to shoot very low.
Technical  8/10
The update really has done a magnificent job of reviving a stale old course. I would take issue with the inappropriate panorama, and perhaps the lack of thought to off-course planting and/or hazards. But, first and foremost, this is a very professional job.
Overall One of those delightfully ‘alternative’ short courses with much to commend it. Plays a lot better than its rating might suggest. 34/50
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
Ace24 %17
Eagle52 %37
Birdie17 %12
Par7 %5
Bogey or worse0 %0

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