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East Neuk Golf Club
by James Baker

Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2011-04-17  0  bytes 72  7338 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
FICTIONAL  LINKS  East Neuk Golf Club.crz 
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COURSE NOTES
That is my second course, the first one being East Point Golf club
I hope you will enjoy this fictional course set in Fife.

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Description
Fictional, links course
Location
Fife, Scotland
Conditions
One or two misjudgements make M*/S* the safest option. Gusty or Windy conditions would be very viable
Concept  5/10
This course comes hot on the heels of the barking-mad East Point course, and could well be easily confused, given that it seems to use a similar plot and panorama. It starts in much more authentic links fashion, with some cramped holes which use pot bunkering and the surrounding gorse excellently, but it becomes very hard work after the turn, with long demanding Par 4s which are tough and demoralising. It’s certainly a course with its place in the Links oeuvre, but it’s a shame that the designer’s links ideals didn’t stretch to making holes that felt like they had suitable history.
Appearance  8/10
A great mix of planting really suits this course, and the shrubbery – even in close up – looks every bit the real deal. The textures are handled well, even around the bunkers and especially on the stone regions, and there’s none of the blurriness and impossibility that was found on East Point. The panorama is striking, but doesn’t really fit the course, and the sea regions are rushed and sharp-edged, but they’re really two minor faults on a course that shows distinct improvement.
Playability  6/10
The plethora of blind shots and hacking-out lies aren’t exactly soothing for a golfer, although there’s a lot of compensation in the curious little lies and shots around nearly every green complex. But this is also a course sorely lacking in such niceties in hole previews or some sort of guidance for the player, which is just frustrating because of the designer’s ambition in creating complex holes.
Challenge  3/10
You’d be happy getting to the turn in level par, but don’t expect it to continue. The back nine is filled with tight landing areas, twisty fairways and rough that will just not be escaped easily. While there’s some nice ambition with the design of quite a few green complexes, quite a few of the cross the boundary into insanity, and really provide a downer for the course as a whole.
Technical  6/10
The designer’s visual style has improved brilliantly since his first course, and there are signs that his course management has done likewise. But it all gets very contrived towards the end in an effort to be challenging, when a more modest layout would have been equally – if not more – effective.
Overall Another amazingly creative set of holes from a flamboyant designer – not always conducive to good golf, but worth seeing at least once. 28/50
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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Birdie27 %9
Par9 %3
Bogey or worse6 %2

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