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ShadowLands HD
by Mike 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
2017-04-15  154,972,160  bytes 72  7159 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
FICTIONAL  WOODLAND  shadowlandsHD.crz.crz 
Course ID Course Key
   

COURSE NOTES
Re-released as a free download April 2017. Thanks Mike.

HD update.

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Description
Fictional, dunes course
Location
TBA
Conditions
TBA
Concept  10/10
Thereís nothing in the Links pantheon to quite match Shadowlands. Unparalleled in its ability to effectively communicate an atmosphere, its sandy environs have been manipulated extremely effectively to produce a real golfing test: thereís more than a touch of Pine Valley about this course and the way it produces memorable fairways and greens, but yet blends so easily into the landscape. Itís probably Mike Jonesí most coherent and consistent course, which is high praise indeed.
Appearance  10/10
The texture makeover has done wonders for this course. Previously a little stark and featureless, thereís a surprising amount to be seen in a course without many gimmicks or trickery. The sand is an important focal point, of course, and the variety and quality of blending in the traps alone sets this design apart. When you add the lovely colouring and perfect planting, itís a feast for the eyeballs as well as the clubs.
Playability  8/10
Teeing up at Shadowlands is like greeting an old friend Ė the small details which youíve forgotten come flooding back and the impulsive need to press on with your round is undeniable. But, equally, like many old friends, you may well find it somewhat pat and predictable after a while. There isnít the sheer variety of options that youíd find on Mike Jonesí other courses, and some frustratingly obscured views make certain holes something of a lottery at times.
Challenge  8/10
Par is sometimes a very easy number to hit here. In a number of practice rounds, I was coming in at around 75% pars, which makes you wonder if playing Shadowlands is just a fraction simplistic. The sand and deep rough certainly provide a stern test, but Linksters should find recovery pretty simple. But then, what are golf courses there for, if not to score par on?
Technical  10/10
Amazing technique is evident in the blends, the planting and the all-round course atmosphere. There is no more convincing creation than this outside of the real courses for Links. Itís hard to distinguish which of Mike Jonesí courses is the most technically advanced, but Shadowlands is certainly putting forth its candidacy.
Overall Glorious atmosphere and a venue which will reward brilliant golf. An unforgettable course with genuine atmosphere. 46/50
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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Eagle15 %8
Birdie2 %1
Par4 %2
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