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Rugged Dune 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
2017-04-16  110,681,779  bytes 70  6746 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
FICTIONAL  LINKS  ruggedduneHD.crz.crz 
Course ID Course Key

HD update, re-released as a free download April 2017.

User Poll covers this and a previous (Non HD) version.

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Fictional, dunes course
Concept  10/10
The most remarkable portrayal of sand dunes available in the game is the template for this course, which unsurprisingly makes a big thing of its surrounding with plenty of sandy hazards and long grass. Not dissimilar to Crystal Pines, in the tight landing areas and short course length, it is a more forgiving course around the greens, which offer more bail-out, but not around the fairway, where the deepest of deep stuff is guaranteed to add strokes to your score. As ever, the golfing design is of the highest quality, particularly the stretch of holes along the back nine which are never straightforward; always complex. The overall experience is striking but still lifelike.
Appearance  10/10
The texture work is the best on the game, period. The bunkers are amazing detailed works of art, and the textures everywhere – from the heavy rough, to the bald spots on the fairway – are absolutely spot-on. The planting, too, despite never rising above two feet high, is mixed, highly detailed and appropriate in a way that other dunes courses have never quite mastered. The decision to minimise course objects is totally justified in this case and the re-creation of lonely wilderness.
Playability  9/10
Rugged Dunes belies its short length with a lot of uphill approaches, and indeed uphill drives. In fact it’s a wonder we don’t end up a few hundred feet above sea level, but that can pass. What is important is the impressive combination of target golf and perfect risk/reward – particularly off the back tees, which for one come very much recommended. The final word is left to the intricate green complexes, which often make tight target areas, but offer a range of putting, chipping and recovery positions unmatched within 18 holes.
Challenge  9/10
With the release of the Mod, Rugged Dune has come close to hitting its perfect median point: as long as you have a bunker game up to scratch, you will find the opening nine a very close scramble for par and the second half an opportunity to strike out for birdies. The fact that the course has this amount of structure in the gameplay as well as the visual design is credit to a talented designer.
Technical  10/10
Flawless. Amazing attention to detail: on a course like this, all the detail is on a particularly small scale, which makes the APCD-work all the more remarkable.
Overall An incredible creation, presenting some exhilarating golf. Easily among the best from the game’s most talented designer. 48/50
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
Ace77 %96
Eagle9 %11
Birdie8 %10
Par3 %4
Bogey or worse3 %4

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