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Firestone C.C. - North Course
by Ed Balaun

Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2001-12-02  36,816,278  bytes 72  7092 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  WOODLAND  FirestN.crz 
Course ID Course Key
f07e378bd7c44952a886598860a35d6d  1547a2cbaa99f284da1313e25bf37bb1 

COURSE SCREENSHOTS

LINKS CORNER REVIEW

Reviewed by Joe Turner `Loner'

December 2001

This being a real course usually hampers the designer, he has to use only whatís at the course and if it isnít a particularly interesting course the game is over before it starts. Not in this case, it is an interesting course and he does a fantastic job of showing it to you. From the heavy, dense trees interspersed with color to the excellent contrasting shades of green used for the tee boxes, the mowed fairways, roughs and greens. The gentle slopes of the fairways and greens were most impressive.

The elevation was and had to be perfect, I had a few differences with the caddie but there werenít any major problems. The putting at times was very easy with slight breaks but a few times it had a slope you had to allow for. Firestone being Firestone had the usual narrow fairways but he had a way of making them enjoyable. The bunkers and water hazards didnít seem to present much of a problem. This course looked, played and felt like a real golf course in the style of the old Microsoft days when you knew you were playing the real thing.

5th hole, par 5, 530y, a long straight narrow fairway with a heavily guarded green. My drive of 287y left me with 243y to the flag; my 3w flop shot took me close to pin high on this narrow green and close enough for an eagle.

6th hole, par 3, 212y, the caddie suggested a 2 iron but I decided to go with a 3 iron and had a very easy birdie.

17th hole, par 3, 217y, with a 21.5 drop, I again ignored the caddies 2 iron and used a 3 iron adjusted for extra length. It proved to be the perfect choice, pin high 4.2ft from the cup. Why canít I play like this all the time?

I canít say enough about how perfectly Ed designed this course. Just last night I played Firestone south and it did not compare to todayís experience. The course was laid out in a way that if you ever played the south course you would know that this is itís companion course without looking at the name. The hole shapes, the old tree growth, the perfect elevations combined with the fascinating fairways made this one of the most pleasurable courses that Iíve played in a long time. If you are looking for an enjoyable game on a perfect course, download and keep this one. He did more with only a slightly larger download than Microsoft did with the south course. I not only hope but I know you will enjoy your stay here


Reviewer Note

I am a player not a designer and therefore rate a course as a player for other players.


Summary :

Included: readme (WordPad with scorecard), cameo, splash, hole preview, custom flag, ball washers, cart path, tents and a clubhouse with satellite TV.

Not included: custom tees, hole signs or numbers.

Statistical information: par 72, 7092y, 3 sets of tees, 4-par 3ís, 10-par 4ís, 4-par 5ís.

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Description
Real, lakeside course
Location
TBC
Conditions
TBC
Concept  6/10
The North Course is very reminiscent of an alpine course in its rolling terrain and use of drop-offs as hazards, and it wouldnít be a surprise to find that the designer has modelled the appearance of the course to accentuate this aspect of the course. Once you dig a bit deeper, of course, there are quite a few course design trademarks being thrown into the mix, which Ė if it werenít for the fabulously confrontational Par 5s Ė might spoil the ambience somewhat. Happily, Firestone carries off this meshwork of styles reasonably well.
Appearance  6/10
With the famous Firestone giant golf ball as a reassuring customised presence, there is little doubt about the hard work that has gone into parts of this course. The textures are a break from the norm, the planting deftly carried out (with maybe just a hint of a clone or two), and the elevations smoothly handled. There are suspicions that the hole widths have been slimmed down a little, which is a distraction from something that could have been very, very good.
Playability  7/10
Thereís an effortless enjoyability about this track which isnít found too often in the tougher Real courses. The use of water keeps the golfing brain constantly in gear, and the hazards feature in quirky, if not completely unexpected, fashion. The variety of challenges playing on different conditions gives the course legs in a tournament, too.
Challenge  7/10
The greens are a bugbear. They appear to be tilted rather than moulded, and are consequently rather frustrating. The fairway narrowness has been mentioned, but thereís not too much to worry the golfer by missing them. Careful hitting will take the majority of hazards out of play too. A reasonable balance, even if not quite the overall package.
Technical  6/10
The large amount of customisation is worthy of appreciation and generosity, as are the imaginative approaches towards textures and the panorama. For all that, Firestone North still hasnít quite escaped the 2001 disillusionment which several other courses of the period seem to have elevated themselves beyond.
Overall Unusually, an APCD partner to an MS course. Better than the South Course almost by default, but that shouldnít mean it isnít worthy of the golferís attention. 32/50
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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