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Carnoustie 2007
by Peter Monk

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1891
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2009-06-12  81,195,712  bytes 71  7418 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  LINKS  carnoustie2007_locked.crz 
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This is the course as used in the 2007 British Open


CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, links course
Concept  9/10
A classic Open venue makes a belated appearance on Links, and itís well worth catching. The appealing layout, with its symmetric Par 5s, is grassy Scottish links at its very best Ė wilder than St Andrews, but also more refined, and a stiff golfing challenge with the wind on full blast. For a first-time designer, Peter has done an excellent job catching the course terrain and the relevant wilderness.
Appearance  8/10
The pot bunkers and water edges, particularly the fine detail around the edges, have been handled very nicely, if a little unspectacularly, and generally the course looks in fine shape. I do have a few concerns about the scaling of some planting, particularly the grasses in place, and it has to be said that the course looks a little trim for the wilds of Scotland. A little more finishing might just have been in order.
Playability  9/10
That magical je ne sais quoi that hangs over all of the best real courses is certainly present here; from the beautiful 2nd hole to the epic Par 3 16th, Carnoustie really has a huge variety of challenges; all the more surprising when you consider two-thirds of the holes are Par 4s. Turning the wind up and green speeds down will make for an authentic Open experience, but the variety also makes a relatively good warm-up round too.
Challenge  6/10
Iím afraid thereís something missing here, and itís on the head of the designer. A great Scottish links needs to be notable for its punishing rough and bunkers, and neither really seem to be present in great degree. Certainly a texture tweak or much more thick grass would be in order to reproduce the startlingly high scores that have featured at Carnoustie Opens. And the bunkers, for reasons I canít quite pick out, seem almost to be an irrelevance: should they be deeper?
Technical  8/10
A very coherent effort, all told, but Carnoustie has come out a little less links-like than perhaps had been intended. A rough-up of the textures seems in order, followed perhaps by better grades on the bunkers and some more photo-real planting. But perhaps this is underplaying a very credible effort at a course which presents innumerable difficulties.
Overall A great links, reproduced with lots of love and attention, but just requiring a little push to be up there with the greats. 40/50
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
Ace42 %37
Eagle43 %38
Birdie11 %10
Par2 %2
Bogey or worse1 %1

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