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The Centenary Course at Gleneagles
by Microsoft

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1133
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2002-07-30  67,111,484  bytes 72  7067 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  LINKS  geagles.crz 
Course ID Course Key
e69d93abe0a044e099e30a59354f6c5a  4d1a0e0ba64e2e2730aada4eefa692ac 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, heathland course
Plays surprisingly well up to M*/F* and faster if you choose pins carefully on one or two greens. Windy conditions advisable
Concept  8/10
Very full of British charm and landscaping, this is one of the better efforts from the Microsoft design team. They have succeeded in transferring a visual stimulating and varietal course into Links with very few flaws. The course itself is one of the best in the British Isles; traditional links mixed with target-style American values, if fizzling out a little through the final few holes with some 'challenge' holes that have lost much of their difficulty.
Appearance  7/10
A cut above many of the original Links courses, Gleneagles has been pretty well planted and blended, and looks particularly good from middle- and far-distances, aided by a well-matched panorama and a decent variety of planting, given the course is quite sparse. There's some frightfully lumpy elevation work, though, not least around the bunkers, and they are indication enough of how much techniques have progressed.
Playability  9/10
The statuesque nature of this course is enough to see you through at points, and plenty of holes have excellent strategy shifts depending on your approach angles and choice of tees. There are a bundle of excellent trademark holes which you shouldn't miss out upon. The lack of ambient sound is all that is wanting here.
Challenge  7/10
Much of this course plays very tightly to par, only giving up occasional strokes here and there. The rough is spacious, but the greens aren't at all easy to hit, even on the Par 3 holes. Sadly, a lot of this gets thrown away down the closing stretch, all of which seem to play abnormally easy, and a score a few under seems to be the median performance.
Technical  6/10
Certainly lacking by today's standards, but this is certainly better than the majority of Microsoft's output with a good coherence and some very believable aspects to the course. Shame about the extrusion and elevation work, which can be a bit of an eyesore at more than one point.
Overall Holds up well as one of the better commercially-available courses. Don't ignore this for your tournament out of sheer snobbery. 37/50
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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