CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)
Please remember that Clipnote reviews are the opinion of one person and do not constitute an 'Official' Links Corner review of the course.
Real, parkland course.
Microsoft have succeeded in taking another well-loved course and making
it pretty nondescript. Thankfully, some of the excellent Jack Nicklaus hole
structures save it from complete mediocrity. But the Par 5s lack originality
and challenge, and the course is held up by some impressive Par 3
designs. But it looks distinctly under-worked, and you get the feeling that
far more should have been done with it.
The planting, especially at ground level, is poor, pixelated and obstructive, and the textures have never looked so inappropriate. The
panorama isnít exactly fine art. Around the water features, in particular, there are some good, realistic views available, but when youíre
out of the forested areas it becomes clear how much more work could have been put into this course.
The clever Jack Nicklaus designs offer a fair amount of risk/reward, and even the simplest looking Par 4s require you to think your
route out carefully. Despite this, the course inexplicably comes across as unstimulating and a round seems to take forever. It goes to
show how poor appearance can pervade an otherwise good golf course.
With some easily-reachable Par 5s, this course will hand you opportunities to break par on a plate. The greens are gentle and
approach shots are rarely threatened by hazards. Itís generally easy to escape trouble: this would never pass muster as a links course.
65 is a realistic score, which means the whole thing is a mite too easy.
The grass planting is in urgent needs of repair, and old complaints such as the bunkers and texture transitions re-surface. The deep
rough texture, underplanted, looks comically out of place. It wouldnít have been difficult to insert a more convincing panorama, either.
||A good demonstration of how to wreck an interesting and challenging course.
Worth having for some impressive hole design, but you might as well play it with
your eyes shut.
|This Microsoft course is available for purchase from RegNow.