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Moana Palama
by Shawn Kobold

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
2011-09-29  0  bytes 71  7048 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
FICTIONAL  TROPICAL  .crz 
Course ID Course Key
   

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Description
Fictional, tropical course
Location
Hawaii
Conditions
Plays well under fast conditions.
Concept  6/10
Somewhat reminiscent of Waialae in its flat beach-front setting, Moana Palama continues a trend of solid, if slightly unspectacular courses from this designer. A rather nondescript opening nine doesn’t promise much, but thankfully things liven up as the second half moves down to the beachfront, and actually in retrospect the contrast is quite nice. It’s easy to see why Shawn’s clean-cut style has its fans – no impossible lies or nasty surprises here – but to step up to the big leagues, the courtesy touches such as splash-screen, thumbnail and hole previews really need to be part of the package.
Appearance  7/10
Shawn clearly takes pride in meticulously-manicured courses, and this fits the locale rather well. The minty green textures work well with the blueing panorama, and the planting is largely tasteful and restrained, although some trees don’t look terribly native. The 3D clubhouse/hotel is a good effort although perhaps a bit crude close-up. Some hasty work around the lakes and coastline spoils the fresh and clean look.
Playability  4/10
Frankly, I found the first half to be incredibly tedious and lacking. The fairways are open and there rarely seems to be much decision beyond pulling the big club and smacking it down the middle. The second half improves somewhat as it opens out onto the coastline, but I can’t really imagine anyone going out and playing this for fun. A tournament staple, certainly, but it’s hard to see Moana Palama’s place in a casual rotation.
Challenge  6/10
The fairways are almost optional, given the ease of escape, and the bunkering is often only marginally in play, especially from anything other than the back tees. But there’s just enough done to stop this course being a pushover – again, another one which will appeal to the tournament types.
Technical  6/10
A difficult one to judge. Clearly, Shawn has the knack of producing clean and believable courses, although it does now feel like there’s a bit of a production-line going on, and certainly some customisation and eye-candy wouldn’t hurt without detracting from the golf.
Overall A pedestrian first half with a slightly more exciting second. Solid, but almost definitively unspectacular. 29/50
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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