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, links course.
The inferior of the St Andrews collection is less exciting, both visually and
golfing, than its more recognised older brothers. Although itís got a
different, seaside-links feel, there has been much less effort expended on
the Jubilee course, with the result that it looks under prepared and
unintimidating. The majority of holes are straight and little in the way of
hazards comes into play.
There certainly hasnít been much time lavished on this. The texture transitions are straight and hard, and the course Ė for rough
moorland Ė looks distinctly under-planted. The bunkers are horrendous, and most are just straight-extruded leaving a horrible hard
edge which not only looks poor but affects play too. The panorama is nice, but the course urgently needs attention.
Because of the restricted nature of many holes, there is little choice after most tee shots, and youíll find yourself playing hole after hole
in a very similar manner. There is limited playability factor through the eminent location and the thrill of playing at St Andrews (albeit on
a minor course), but for the most part itís nowhere near as good as the Old Course.
Now this is where Jubilee scores points of its 19th Century cousins. A more modern links, stretched out in length (although certainly not
excessively), with subtle green breaks will always be harder than the Old Courseís drivable Par 4s and flat greens. I think the rough
here at the jubilee course should certainly have been more punishing, but the course is still a good test regardless.
Itís appalling that anyone thought this course was in a fit state to put out with the terrible bunkers and almost non-existant low-level
grass planting. The moorland location of St Andrews is not done justice at all, and the result is just cheap and tacky.
||If you can overlook the glaring visual errors, this is a reasonable re-creation of a
real course. But itís well below standard for a commercial release.
|This Microsoft course is available for purchase from RegNow.