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Phoenix Country Club (LS)
by Microsoft

Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2001-01-18  9,900,723  bytes 72  7073 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  UNCLASSIFIED  Aphoenix.crz 
Course ID Course Key
491d0cef70374ac19aa0aac11265198a  bdb39232595b81312715385388121977 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Description
Real, woodland course
Location
TBA
Conditions
TBA
Concept  2/10
Thereís not much that makes this course stand up and demand to be counted. Thin fairways thread straightish paths between some daunting (and pretty bizarre-looking, it has to be said) forests. Thereís precious little to tell one hole from the next and the whole course radiates mediocrity.
Appearance  2/10
Pretty poor, on the whole. The planting looks utterly bizarre and unnatural, with several obvious clones. The tee boxes deform the surrounding landscape, and several odd-looking humps and bumps adorn the fairways. Even the views of the greens are unclear, which not only looks ugly, but also impedes the playing of the game.
Playability  0/10
Yawnarama! There is no variety on this course, utterly none. Youíll play one soulless Par 4 after another; if one seems a bit longer, itís a Par 5s; and the 3s are completely nondescript. Itís possible to play round without using half the shots in your armoury; the bunkers donít come into play at all and the tightness of the fairways is frustrating. I canít see any reason for anybody to enjoy a round here.
Challenge  5/10
Despite the restrictive fairways, the course is too easy, and for one very important reason: the greens. Nearly every green is large and completely flat, and a much too easy way to reward yourself with birdies. Thankfully, the forested areas encroach quite alarmingly, so thereís a good chance youíll get tangled up in a tree before the stream of birdies runs to ridiculous levels.
Technical  1/10
I honestly thought when playing this course that it had been made by an APCD first-timer. The planting is bizarre, tropical and completely inapt, there are hard edges and unlikely elevations all over the shop, and the greens are a joke. Itís scarcely believable that this is alleged to be a commercial course. Shocking.
Overall Probably Microsoftís least redeeming moment. An awful mess of a course which doesnít engage or challenge you one bit. 10/50
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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