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Augusta National 2009 - 2010 update
by Andrew Jones

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

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1945
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2010-04-07  166,324,057  bytes 72  7455 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  PARKLAND  AugustaNational2010_locked.crz 
Course ID Course Key

Contains new 3D tournament objects.
Moderated the slope on 15th green.
Contains course condition texture properties for the greens and fairways for use with 1.07 patch.
Thanks to Dr Rob for the texture assistance.
Corrected texture properties on the bank at number 15.

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, estate course
Playable on F*/F* with care and patience.
Concept  10/10
Incredible design and layout complement the austerity and sheer prestige surrounding Augusta, to the extent where very little extra needs to be said about it. The slippery greens are protected effectively by a variety of hazards, the famous Amen Corner is one of the most challenging stretches in golf, but the real test comes from the stiff slopes, particularly on approach. The Links re-creation was so thorough that the 1.06 Mod was designed with this course in mind. A must-have for all golfers.
Appearance  9/10
The delightful planting, customised for the large part, is due for an overhaul but still is very evocative of the rich flora around Augusta. The hand of several designers in making this millimetrically accurate is still very evident though, and itís frequently difficult to believe youíre not playing through photos of the real thing. The next release, with trees and plants re-done, promises to be a cracker.
Playability  9/10
For most people, the joy of playing this course is going to be comparing ourselves to Snead, Nicklaus and Woods, re-creating famous shots and trying to prove ourselves better over a course that we are already very familiar with. Even if youíve never seen the Masters (and why are you playing a golf sim if you havenít?), this course is immensely replayable, with a multitude of opportunities to practice a sharp draw or a big-breaking putt. Every hole, including the Ďeasyí start, presents a fresh and original challenge. But the rendering times are lengthy, and Ė I donít know if itís just me Ė thereís this nagging feeling that youíre spoiling Augustaís very special aura by plodding round on a golf sim.
Challenge  7/10
The continual adding of length really pushes Augusta into the hardest class, and itís not difficult Ė without the distance achieved by the pros Ė to be hitting wooden clubs off the fairway. The greens are every bit as tantalisingly tough as in real life, and the appreciable amount of still water presents a constant concern. Early Augusta renditions were perhaps a little too easy: the trend has very much swung back towards the challenge presented by its real-life counterpart.
Technical  10/10
The wealth of big names that have had creative input into this rendition in the past cannot be denied, and it was the first Links design to take replication to the level of obsession. With a dedicated update schedule, itís still every bit as good.
Overall The course everyone needs to own; lives up to its billing perfectly. 45/50
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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