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Shinnecock Hills HD Tournament edition
by Robert Miller

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
2011-03-16  0  bytes 70  7029 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  LINKS  .crz 
Course ID Course Key
   

COURSE NOTES
Shinnecock Hills....Home of the 1896, 1986, 1995 and 2004 US Open

This is a completely new version with new 1024 textures, plants, and custom 3d tournament options when played with tournament objects and crowds on.

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Description
Real, farmland course
Location
New York
Conditions
Possible on F*/F*, although a couple of greens are very unforgiving.
Concept  10/10
Shinnecock is a real storytelling course, and itís easy to get wrapped up in the plot as you are whisked away from the clubhouse into thick grasslands fitted with immaculate, winding golf holes. Each half wraps up with a standout Par 4 as you glimpse the clubhouse back on top of the hill. Itís a delightfully intimate course, and has been expertly ported to APCD, retaining a surprising old-fashioned atmosphere and austerity.
Appearance  9/10
Rob Miller is, without a doubt, the best visual artist we have seen in the Links community, and the lengths he has gone to in order to reoutfit this course are simply incredible. Itís much more than a re-texture job, although first prize goes to these marvellously detailed and seamless textures; each bunker-edge and tee box is its own little portrait. There is a host of new 3D work as well; the clubhouse looks awesome, and the planting at all levels is richer than ever. I canít claim to love the two-tone fairways, but itís a look based on the real course.
Playability  10/10
Subtle angles of attack and brisk recovery both play their part here, and the course is a far cry from several long, soulless US Open hosts. Hazarding, landing areas and rough all dally between being an outright threat and providing wonderful scenery. But, best of all, the authenticity of the design makes Shinnecock evocative and compulsive for people who long to play the real thing. It doesnít get much closer than this.
Challenge  9/10
With an impressive gradient, Shinnecock slowly ups the difficulty level through a relatively unthreatening open half, into the twisty oblique fairways of the back nine. The greens, relatively open at first, slowly constrict towards the end, and the slope means that anything outside 10 feet is no certainty. The US Open Rough is the final challenge, but avoid it and the course offers every chance of a birdie putt, not least on the two generous Par 5s.
Technical  10/10
The original incarnation of this course was close to sublime; for a re-model, this has had an inordinate amount of time spent on it, and just looks absolutely stunning.
Overall A course that really defies the superlatives. Almost as good as it gets Ė for now! 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.

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