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, tropical course
A nice if unremarkable tropical course, Mauna Kea wends its way through
palm forests and along clifftops. Most holes offer you a driving challenge,
with one or two even forcing you to shape or drive blind, and there is a lot
of ‘roll’ to the fairways. But it’s lacking the panache or thrill of many tropical
courses and at times you’d be excused for thinking you weren’t in Hawaii
This old design is looking distinctly poor. The textures are stretched and don’t transition well, and the panorama is pixelated and
unclear. The ocean views are just awash with blue: no detail at all. Perhaps I shouldn’t be too harsh, given the course’s age ad some
spectacular views, but it doesn’t stand up at all well.
With a lack of stand-out holes and something of a prescriptive approach to target golf, this course doesn’t stand up and ask to be
counted. There is a distinct lack of thrill and you won’t need most of your bag as the same shots turn up again and again. Add to this
the frustration of the nearly-impossible greens, and you’ve got one unfulfilling round of golf.
Mostly thanks to the frequent elevation changes and severe greens, Mauna Kea presents a good challenge to all golfers. With clever
bunker positioning, a lot of scores will depend on pin positions. But the challenge is the best thing about this course, and you’ll be
pushed – never unfairly – to break par.
The same problems arise as with other course conversions, and the fact remains that these LS conversions are sub-standard. Harsh
stock textures and transitions and somewhat unconvincing planting are a complement to the wayward panorama. The elevation work is
OK, but this one is only for fans.
||An OK course, but not done any favours by the conversion. Play it once if you must,
but I doubt it’ll be a keeper for many.
|This Microsoft course is available for purchase from RegNow.