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Candlestick Blue
by Paul Seaman

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1776
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2007-07-04  55,939,072  bytes 72  7379 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
FICTIONAL  DESERT  Candlestick Blue_locked.crz 
Course ID Course Key
d6bdb8c445bd4337ba7961a11ba150c0  94882796cc99da176065a0e878f59219 


CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Fictional, desert course
Concept  5/10
With a yawning chasm under the heading of Ďgood desert courses for Links 2003í, Paul Seaman has released this ambitious project. Itís full of enormously clever hole design and some landscape that would normally be way off this designerís radar. If truth be told, itís not really much of a desert course at all: itís too enclosed and too heavily reliant on good golfing design rather than the natural terrain. But thatís not too say itís not good. Itís just not great, thatís all.
Appearance  7/10
The impressive array of low-level planting is a major selling point here. Candlestick Blue is a real credit to its designer in avoiding the clones and forced artificiality of other desert courses. But the arrays of rocks seemed forcedly random, the elevations are simply too grandiose to be convincing, and for the life of me, I canít get on board with the desert texture. The whole thing is just a little too green by half.
Playability  10/10
This is where the course earns its spurs. Itís doubtful whether any course has featured such an intriguing and outstandingly clever set of holes. Hazards are legion, but you never feel punished by them. Instead, the course is an intriguing exercise in precise shot-play and judgement, with the elevations used as much for hazarding as the desert regions, water or deep bunkers. I doubt whether any other course could boast so many novel and original hole designs, perhaps excluding the Par 3s, and thereís an appropriately absorbing round to be had.
Challenge  10/10
It might sound hard, but play Candlestick Blue with appropriate respect and thereís a remarkably fair challenge to be had. Conservatively-played holes are more likely to throw up birdie opportunities than penalties, and youíre aided by some even-minded greening and an impressive absence of unplayable lies. Marking the desert areas as hazard is not the arduousness that it could have been, and the careful player should come up smelling at least of dahlias, if not roses.
Technical  9/10
The natural exuberance and talent of someone who is already one of the top APCD-men spills all over this creation. OK, so itíll never be authentic desert, and the water hazards look rather hastily inserted, but the texture set and the planting are magnificent, and if you can overlook some of the absurdities, itís still the best in it s genre.
Overall A big-hitterís grave that is virtually a shoe-in for the most manageable desert course, and hence an automatic part of many playersí rotations. 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.


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Ace67 %90
Eagle23 %31
Birdie4 %6
Par3 %4
Bogey or worse2 %3

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