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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
||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
|This Microsoft course is available for purchase from RegNow.