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Covered Bridge Golf Club (2003)
by Microsoft

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1139
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2002-08-21  19,206,097  bytes 72  6843 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
Course ID Course Key
93d6b4dd105d4b3db1bb5eec95acd638  45a07d6c9cce69b635b828fdf769150d 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, parkland course
Concept  3/10
Gentle, unassuming and almost totally non-outstanding: that's Covered Bridge. While this course has been well re-created and clearly had some time expended on it, there's not a single hole that causes you to draw breath or work up a modicum of strategy or bravado. It's brainless golf of the highest order.
Appearance  8/10
Now, to be fair, this is one of Microsoft's designers' better attempts. Some iffy elevation work aside, there is real charm in the soft texture set and the stand-out planting. Those with an eye for detail will find a lot to feast upon on the way around.
Playability  2/10
Disengage your brain, heft your driver, and swing: it's really no more complicated than that. There is but one hole of strategic merit - everything else consists merely of getting your ball to the green as easily as possible and putting out. The lack of variety is enough to become disconcerting down the back stretch, and you realise the cleverness that must go into other apparently featureless courses.
Challenge  1/10
Nothing doing here at all, I'm afraid. With easy greens, flat landing areas, barely any bunkers and water hazards located to catch out the amateur, the Links golfer should feel he has a right to shoot under 65. Bogies would be a remarkable occurrence requiring some exceptionally bad golf.
Technical  6/10
For all the good work done elsewhere on this course, it is a real mystery why Microsoft continually neglected to correct the lumpy elevations that dog many of their courses, and it's off-putting on what could be an impressive creation. But the course is worth your time to admire a good creation, even if the golf isn't to your taste.
Overall A good spectacle let down by being home to some of the most brain-numbing golf this side of the local pitch'n'putt. 20/50
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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