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Dullatur Carrickstone
by Stewart Parker

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1894
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2009-07-11  85,107,849  bytes 70  6922 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  HEATHLAND  Dullatur Final.crz 
Course ID Course Key
7bc96c8b6c0549ac9b7255a2d1d3796f  cd2dd4941f336cdb2ec3b8afc27d7cd9 



CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, parkland course
Concept  8/10
The partner to the Antonine course, Carrickstone is a little wilder and carries a rough plantation-like feel. Typically for a traditional Scottish course, it pays little heed to what we now acknowledge as a ‘standard’ layout with the only Par 5s being on the 8th and 9th holes. The holes are largely straight and uncomplicated, but there are quite a few little treasures which will draw any player in. As ever with Stewart Parker, it has received a loving makeover for Links, replete with delightful atmospheric touches that are an effective transport to the Scottish heart of this course.
Appearance  9/10
The terrific planting really captures the varying ages around the course, from the freshly-planted young trees to the impenetrable swathes of heather. There’s a tasteful texture set to accompany them, and – as with the designer’s accompanying courses – a lack of civilised distractions. The only jarring moment was the very sharp and blurred banks to the water features.
Playability  7/10
In some ways, Carrickstone plays very better when you can pick-and-choose a best nine holes. There are some very impressive designs here – the 9th, 11th and all the Par 3s included, but there are also a few holes that come across as a bit of an afterthought, being open and relatively unchallenging.
Challenge  2/10
…and speaking of unchallenging, it’s not exactly difficult to score well down into the sixties at the Carrickstone course. Very few bunkers and a lack of links rough make for a less-than-harsh environment, and the green complexes are generous in the extreme.
Technical  9/10
Very few problems here. As an evolution of an earlier course, many technical problems have been ironed out, and the dedication to improvement and attention to detail are obvious and very much appreciated. Yes, even the self-portraiture by the final green again!
Overall Yet another beautiful and very naturalistic Scottish course. The authentic and uncomplicated touch that we’ve come to expect. 35/50
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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Ace42 %25
Eagle42 %25
Birdie10 %6
Par5 %3
Bogey or worse0 %0

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