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Augusta National Par 3 HD
by Eddie Schmidt & Lee Harris

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
2011-04-06  0  bytes 27  1035 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  Par 3 Course  PARKLAND  .crz 
Course ID Course Key
   

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Description
Real, short course
Location
Georgia
Conditions
The 7th green might make you think twice about F*/F*
Concept  5/10
No matter how great the location or the air of austerity that surrounds this course, it is a little disappointing as far as 9-hole Par 3 courses go. The 2nd is clearly under-worked, the central pond is used to excess, and the greens are largely unprotected. The lovely resonance of Augusta is here in spades, and the diligence of the designers is very apparent in that respect, but it’s difficult to remove the fact that this is little more than a pitch’n’putt course. 5/10
Appearance  10/10
Awesome work in the trademark azaleas, and indeed all the many flowers that dot the course. The course buildings are easily overlooked but worthy of attention too, as is some crazily intimate 3D modelling (see that handrail?). Finally, the course also has the textures it deserves: elsewhere you might criticise them for being close-cropped and neat, but attention to detail like this is only to be expected at Augusta. Incredible.
Playability  8/10
Turn the crowds on full for the proper Augusta Wednesday experience, and – probably uniquely in the Links archive – so much is added to the gameplay. Played in isolation, the course is dull and forgettable, but if you can convince yourself you’re actually there, then this is terrifically immersive. It makes a grand little course for settling bets and trialling MoPs too. It wouldn’t surprise me if this course has actually clocked up more computer plays worldwide than any other.
Challenge  3/10
The emphasis shouldn’t really be on how difficult this course is, but it’s no stretch of the imagination to say that people will find it pretty easy. With all the holes coming in at well under 140 yards, there’s no need for anything more than a nine-iron here. Sure, the greens are small, but the bunkering is virtually irrelevant and chip-ins are legion. Even on Augusta’s preferred slippery settings, you’d expect to be well under par even on nine holes.
Technical  10/10
Pixel-perfect work here, and attention to detail that might never be matched. One look at the flowerbeds will betray exactly how much dedication and love has gone into this little plot.
Overall Possibly the most minutely-detailed recreation available for Links. The course isn’t really much cop after a dozen plays, but you’d never be without it. 36/50
Please remember that Clipnote reviews are the opinion of one person and do not constitute an 'Official' Links Corner review of the course.

USER RATINGS

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Ace80 %60
Eagle12 %9
Birdie3 %2
Par5 %4
Bogey or worse0 %0

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