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Barton Creek Fazio Foothills (2003)
by Microsoft

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1136
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2002-08-21  19,888,654  bytes 72  6959 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
Course ID Course Key
39e221e989ef49cf97f85d37009262ab  6f707c61befc07ed32306139de91b081 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, parkland course
Concept  3/10
There doesn't seem to be much underpinning concept to this course. It's a fairly routine, get-out-there-and-hit-'em Sunday course. No holes stand out for their excellent design. There is no overriding theme to the course. It's pretty standard, all told.
Appearance  2/10
Unremittingly poor. Extrusions have left ridiculous sharp edges all over the course, the panorama is massively pixelated, the planting is weak and visually confusing. On several holes, the trees and pano just formed a mass of mixed green colours, from which it was impossible to discern shapes.
Playability  3/10
Pretty damn boring was my overall impression. There wasn't enough variety between holes, the scenery was best ignored (I had to wait until the last hole to get a halfway-decent screenshot, and then I forgot to move my cursor - doh!), and it was too easy to avoid the hazards. Despite some interesting greenside situations, this dragged.
Challenge  5/10
Seriously misjudged. The Par 5s were all a breeze to reach in two, the greens offered nothing unusual, and the bunkers were so easy they might as well have not been placed. Most disappointing were the approach shots: the greens were often unguarded and it was easy to pitch to within 10 feet of the flag regularly. I scored 10 under and I was barely trying.
Technical  2/10
It really defies belief that this has been turned out by professionals. Planting was terrible, massive extrusions left sharp edges everywhere, space was wasted and seemingly neglected. Only the textures seemed vaguely in place.
Overall A really half-hearted effort from the game's designers. There are very few redeeming features here, and even fewer reasons why I should recommend playing it. 15/50
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