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Classic Club
by Matt Henry

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 - 1982
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2011-01-11  85,451,691  bytes 72  7337 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  DESERT  ClassicClub.crz 
Course ID Course Key

Final version of previously uploaded course Classic Club at Northstar.

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, desert course
Southern California
Playable on F*/F*
Concept  8/10
This huge, stadium-style course has been a Tour fixture for several years, and the wide use of the artificial lakes while still just about retaining a desert atmosphere have made it a fan favourite. The better holes here are comparable to Sawgrass or Bay Hill at their best, the use of so many do-or-die water drives being somewhat unusual in a desert course. Unfortunately, there is a certain amount of filler which makes the Classic Club at Northstar somewhat second best to its better-known rivals. Disregard it at your peril, though: there are very few desert courses as well-produced and playable as this.
Appearance  7/10
This is a very neat production, with apt textures and a drop-dead gorgeous pano, although the dry grass is a tad brown and boring, but I suppose you canít expect much more in the desert. The course buildings are carried off well, and the water is a big improvement on previous incarnations. The planting is a bit sparse and doesnít really stand out.
Playability  9/10
Itís very pleasing to notice that Northstar hasnít succumbed to some of the excesses of its Tour brethren, and a course that isnít entirely centred around length of the tee is a refreshing change. The emphasis on corner-cutting drives over water mean thereís plenty to be done with the first shot though, although the bunkering is an intelligent challenge as well. The Par 3 holes come in a great variety and round off the course well.
Challenge  9/10
Like any PGA stop, youíd expect the Classic Club not to pull its punches. Holding the greens is no given, especially given that they really should be played on swift settings. You can count on the water and bunkers to do their bit, balancing out some rather tame rough. Counting on the greens and Par 5s to pick up strokes is probably the right way to go.
Technical  8/10
This course has received a lovely final polish and really fits the rotation well. While it would be difficult to find anything totally stand out, there is very little in the way of problems, and perhaps just a little imagination in some of the textures (the greens are nice, though) and planting would be warranted.
Overall Excellent desert fare with more than a modicum of course water to keep you on your toes. 41/50
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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Ace14 %5
Eagle74 %26
Birdie11 %4
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