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Prestige Golf Club 2012
by Steve Pope and Matt Mcintosh

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 - 2075
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2012-05-16  91,156,480  bytes 72  6900 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
FICTIONAL  MOUNTAIN  PrestigeGolfClub2012.crz 
Course ID Course Key
60130513f9e24bf09aae25ca89279d6b  cae2f22b93ead991f3ff9533124ad864 


CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Fictional, mountain course
No obvious clues given, but this feels quite Canadian.
Plays OK on F*/F*
Concept  8/10
One of the most creative and exuberant fictional courses created for links, Prestige’s success were very much rooted in the fact that there was still some realistic backing behind the course, and indeed the extravagant alpine lakes and waste areas don’t feel particularly out of place, especially not after its recent overhaul, which emphasises the strategy behind the course. It’s not likely to be to everyone’s taste, but a luxurious creation it certainly is.
Appearance  7/10
With improved textures and bunkers bereft of their ugly black lips, there’s no doubt that Prestige has been given a makeover to keep pace with the onset of time. Advancements in design mean flaws are more readily obvious, though, including lazy bunker blending and a proliferation of clones at treetop level. The panorama remains majestic throughout.
Playability  10/10
It really is no exaggeration to suggest that Prestige offers an ever-changing strategy on literally a shot-by-shot basis. Often courses with this sort of tag are full of forced carries and cynically-placed hazards, but other than a few too many split fairways, there’s little of that artificiality here. The improved visuals from Matt should usher this course into the realms of a new generation of players.
Challenge  7/10
You’d do well to get round without hitting the water, but the easing up of the greens was just the right tonic for this course. By no means is it easy, though, and the varying types and depth of bunker are testament to many dropped strokes. The planting, too is used very effectively as part of the difficulty gradient and the strategy; many a player will be at risk of clipping tree-tops on their way to the green.
Technical  7/10
There’s still very much a lack of finesse around Prestige, and in places an odd choice of course extras (what’s with the fans?). The hole previews are a bit amateurish and dated too. But with a modern hand to tidy up the planting, the excellent original elevation work has been allowed to shine through, and if anything make more impact than the original.
Overall An unconventional but dynamic and extremely exciting mountain course, which has received the final polish it always deserved. 39/50
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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Ace21 %3
Eagle57 %8
Birdie21 %3
Par0 %0
Bogey or worse0 %0

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