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Tribute at Otsego Club
by Microsoft

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1131
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2002-07-30  73,471,116  bytes 72  7347 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  WOODLAND  tribute.crz 
Course ID Course Key
f1ffc680e8744d76998125bad7313ded  bd0a237a4f37dd9ea83a7ee35e1b5c50 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, woodland course
You'll probably want to stick to S*/M* or slower.
Concept  4/10
18 not-particularly-outstanding holes, some woodland and gentle rough. Not a lot to write home about. The course's main feature is the good elevation work, which causes a continual re-evaluation of club selection. Otherwise, it's a fairly humdrum selection of holes; there's little that stands out and impresses.
Appearance  6/10
Generally passable and not too offensive. The seam blends are OK, although the course is crying out for an original set of textures, and the elevations and custom items are expertly done. The coup de gras (pun not intended) is the planting, which is hugely varied and very authentic. It's topped off with a nice panorama and looks decent, although it's not up to the best APCD standards.
Playability  3/10
Yawn city. Few holes offer a playing choice or any risk/reward, and the constant elevation changes just become frustrating as you search in vain for the right club. A lot of pin positions border on the unfair: either mid-slope or too close to the edge of the green. This is not relaxing, nor particularly fun to play.
Challenge  4/10
Flat greens and desperately short Par 5s make for eagle opportunities, and these will lower the scores. A 65 would certainly not be out of the question around Otsego: those on Pro level might want to be closer to 60. A lot of hazards seem almost marginal to the golf on offer; while I'm sure the re-creation is accurate, it didn't have good golf in mind.
Technical  6/10
As a 2003 release, this is pretty good technically, and fundamentally ticks all the right boxes. The paths distract too much from the play, and there is a distinct lack of customisation (as with all MS courses), but the biggest flaws here are with the golf, not with the design.
Overall Another course where you question the wisdom of selecting it for Links conversion. Very little in the way of stand-out features. 23/50
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