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The Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol
by Microsoft

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1128
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2002-08-01  103,656,595  bytes 72  7103 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  OCEAN  cabo.crz 
Course ID Course Key
9112bcc32561411f9a4068edb6280d65  1ff3e2006184e1b86dc1c625fa323e8a 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, desert course.
Concept  6/10
Mexican golf courses aren't exactly commonplace, and doubtless Cabo del Sol is the premier available offering. It's not an ocean course in any sense of the word, being swathed in arid, harsh desert. Golfers have not been done any favours by the desert being made Out Of Bounds. Hole design tends towards the long, and bunkers come into play often; perhaps too often. There's just enough variety to prevent you growing bored, thankfully.
Appearance  9/10
With surprisingly rich planting for a desert course, good textures and - at last! - some competent seam blending, Cabo is one of Microsoft's better looking clubhouses. The impressive sight of the clubhouse guides you around the turn, and the ocean side is deftly constructed. It's not Mike Jones, but it's one of the best commercial courses in terms of visuals.
Playability  7/10
Having OB desert is a major turn off. There is little rough bordering the fairways, and slight hooks or slices (especially on Champ mode or higher) are punished too harshly. But the Par 5s provide an excellently-judged degree of tension, and all the Par 3s offer a spectacular view to take your mind off the lurking desert. It's not a bad round, but it could use some more risk/reward to really justify itself.
Challenge  8/10
Obviously, hitting the desert will cost you shots, and swingers without a firm snap will drop strokes. But the softly rolling greens will yield birdie putts as compensation and the most common score will hover around par. It's a frustrating course at times, but you might be pleasantly surprised by your score.
Technical  9/10
Unlike the majority of the commercial courses, this compares pretty favourably with many APCD releases. Perhaps the landscaping looks a little blocky in places, and certainly the OB rules might have been adjusted for the benefit of the game of golf, but the textures look good, the planting excellent, and many up-to-date techniques have been utilised well.
Overall A very competent desert course. Where many in the same style have failed, Cabo looks realistic and plays effectively. It's not quite in the top flight, but a nice novelty to have among the wealth of US and European courses. 39/50
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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