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Entrada at Snow Canyon (2003)
by Microsoft

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1140
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2002-08-21  18,147,567  bytes 72  7241 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
Course ID Course Key
93e9f9a09b524416aa42b566ba87fd32  8d7badd736fa02e4abc9975e194d0a70 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, desert course.
Concept  5/10
No snow, but a lot of desert sand and even some lava on the closing stretch. An odd course because, while it is patently based on a real design, it doesn't feel genuine, not helped by a mish-mash of technical work. There are several standout holes which make up for this, not least the excellent 18th, but one feels the designer ran out of ideas on the 6th which features an arrow-straight fairway and no bunkers.
Appearance  5/10
This is looking old hat by modern standards. Although the panorama is impressive, convincing and a decent fit for the course, bad edges abound, particularly between the stock grass textures, the path and the desert, which look eye-clashingly bad in close proximity. Several of the extrusions and elevations look mounded and cheaply done and overall the course just lacks that air of authenticity. The lava around the close is not terribly convincing, and some better texture work would be considered a must here and elsewhere.
Playability  4/10
A couple of holes offer you a decent playing option, but that isn't really enough to make up for the majority which are straightforward drive-and-pitch holes with little variety. Given the nice desert surroundings, it's surprisingly easy to grow bored at Entrada, but stick with it until the closing lava holes for a change of scenery.
Challenge  6/10
Like a lot of real course re-creations, this turns out a bit easy. The fairways are narrow, but largely unguarded and the rough is generous. A lot of layups will finish close and most players will score well under 70 even with average putting. From the 15th onwards, the difficulty level is upped, but something sterner really should be in place earlier in the round.
Technical  3/10
This is an LS course conversion and shows in the harsh lines and bumpy terrain. Compared to the real course, it would seem that a lot of features have been distorted and the textures could use a lot of work, particularly the ugly lava.
Overall Worth playing, but not the most realistic course conversion. There are hidden treasures at Entrada, but there's an awful lot of mediocrity that you'll have to wade through in order to get to it. 23/50
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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