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St Andrews Links New Course
by Microsoft

Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2001-11-29  30,070,075  bytes 71  6598 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  UNCLASSIFIED  standnew.crz 
Course ID Course Key
ea34b1188ff14ba0af0d1ab4ec0c3b6b  b53dee9c70d38e1cd5fdfda3f801ffa6 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Description
Real, links course
Location
TBA
Conditions
TBA
Concept  4/10
The New Course certainly lives up to its name. There is a viable, planned golf course in modern design set out on this patch of land, unlike the neighbouring, sprawling Old Course. But therein lies its flaws: even more so than the Jubilee Course, this style does not fit comfortably onto links land, and the use of 19th Century hole lengths with 20th Century designs just doesn’t add up. Only that indefinable aura of St Andrews, with the glimpses of the famous buildings, keeps the New Course afloat.
Appearance  2/10
There’s just nothing to see! Some scrubby planting is well enough rendered, but the textures look old, clashing and inappropriate to the wild terrain. The bunkers are undeservingly poor, and there’s…well…there’s nothing to see!
Playability  7/10
Magically, somehow, the aura of St Andrews penetrates even this, the most mundane of courses. There’s nowhere near the strategic merit of big brother Old here, but the gift of a location makes it work. A round will pass fleetingly, if uneventfully, and you might even come back for more.
Challenge  0/10
Of course, wanting to shoot fifty-nine again might be the reason to come back. Most holes will be a driver-wedge-putt affair, helped by no inescapable hazards in play and some surprisingly generous greens. Even a misplaced pin or too won’t dampen the flow of birdies.
Technical  3/10
After the success of the Kapalua trilogy, it’s easy to see why MS repeated the trick with St Andrews. Sadly, though, it’s clear than neither the New nor the Jubilee course got the time they deserved and was instead lavished on the Old. Admittedly, a bleak landscape is not easy to replicate, but there have been many better attempts than this.
Overall A piece of whimsy with low scores guaranteed. Inevitably suffers from being the lesser half of a pair and has been justifiably overlooked by both designers and players. 16/50
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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