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, canyon course
This is certainly different. You start off playing through rocks and desert
grasses, and slowly work your way down to the oceans and palm trees. It
could only be Hawaii, of course. The course is short but cleverly designed,
and despite being short on hazards, will make you work for your par.
Some clever ground-level planting makes this look very nice indeed. The desert rocks are OK, but repetitive and crying out for some
rock planting or alternative textures to break up the monotony. The panorama is very effective and seeing the ocean comes as a real
surprise; you just donít get enough of them on most golf courses. Most importantly, this is certainly a different and original set of views
and is really worthwhile for those who are sick of green courses.
Itís hard not to enjoy a round at Hapuna. The course presents a variety of challenges and hole styles, and uses everything from the
impinging rock hazards, to water, to steep elevations, in order to present a challenge. Most holes have subtle alternative routes of play
which makes the course even more enjoyable the second time around.
A round at Hapuna is a mite too easy, thanks largely in part to some very flat greens. Several holes are slightly too short for their par,
but redeem themselves with clever elevation use. The Par 3s are the toughest, each being noticeably distinct and individual. If some
more testing cross-slopes and pin positions were used here, then we could be looking at a near-perfect course in terms of difficulty.
The biggest letdown is the rock textures, which are clearly repetitive and stretched. Some textures boundaries are harsh too, and a
couple of shapes have hard edges. But the planting and custom objects are very good (as we should expect from Microsoft), and if
more attention were paid to the desert areas this could be a real stand-out.
||A stand-out among real courses in terms of unusual visual appeal and playability.
Certainly a course to consider if youíre in the mood for something different.
|This Microsoft course is available for purchase from RegNow.