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Kapalua Plantation 2009
by Andrew Jones

Note: This course contains 1024x1024 textures and can only be played in version 1.07 or later of Links 2003

Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2009-01-09  107,096,310  bytes 73  0 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  OCEAN  Kapalua Plantation 2009.crz 
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CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Description
Real, canyon course.
Location
TBA
Conditions
TBA
Concept  10/10
This is the trademark of the Kapalua collection, and features some stunning golf architecture. Drastic elevations and sloping fairways make no shot easy, and the greens are horrendously treacherous in places. At least six holes are world famous for their beauty and tough test. The Plantation course combines the best of Links terrain with good target golf, and puts the whole lot in an ideal tropical setting.
Appearance  9/10
The upgrade has removed some of the coarseness and pixilation of Microsoftís original, but sadly suffers from flaws of its own. The deep grasses are prime offender; theyíve been forested and look too linear and board-like. But the bunkers have received their much-needed upgrade, and the rest of the course looks excellent, so no complaints.
Playability  10/10
As always, this is an utter delight to play. Thereís call for high levels of accuracy and careful reading of slopes all over the course. The Par 5s are the incredible test they always were and the whole 18 just emanates pure class. Plus thereís the joy of smacking huge drives and huge swooping putts as ever. Because of the honed visuals and the new, cleaner appearance to the course, itís better than it was.
Challenge  6/10
Somehow, this has got easier in the conversion, although itís absolutely no pushover. Some stinkers of greens and pin positions remain, and the designers would be well-advised to tidy this up. Plus thereís the proliferation of Ďlost ballí areas and the ever-changing elevations remaining a constant struggle.
Technical  9/10
With one of the APCD elite to its name, you would expect the Plantation to be perfect. But thereís a niggling feeling that this update is a little rushed, not least because the planting and pin positions havenít been as thoroughly vetted as youíd expect on a top-class release. Iím sure everyone is grateful for the update to be publicly released for free; itís a shame itís not quite yet the finished article.
Overall A great update of an absolute classic of a course, just missing out through one or two slip-ups. 44/50
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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