|Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1142
CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)
Please remember that Clipnote reviews are the opinion of one person and do not constitute an 'Official' Links Corner review of the course.
Real, marshland course
The water table is high enough here to make the grass virtually
swampland, and the still waters play a terrifying part on many a hole. Up to
the turn, there are nine valid opportunities to take a drop and penalty
stroke, and good luck avoiding them. Hole design is relatively forgiving,
even though it is geared around missing the water. Thankfully, the course
comes across as rather multi-dimensional, which can only be held in its
favour. The MS version is adequately put together, and carries the
genuine swampy feeling.
There's little to fault here, even though the whole doesn't quite exceed the sum of its parts. It's nice to see efforts at bunker lips, and
from a distance the marshland looks really quite impressive. But the deep greens take some getting used to, and to be honest the
whole course is just a little rushed.
The Judge course makes a big thing of requiring precision and exact shot planning. It's not a course for those who lack focus, and you
will quickly find that missing the snap will result in misery. Luckily, that frisson that only comes from playing across the lakes is everpresent,
even on the slightly lacklustre turn, and there's plenty of return value in simply coming to make all your shots.
Certainly no pushover, this one. Certain holes are notable for swallowing balls into the water, and to get around with the ball you
started with is something of a major achievement. The bunkers, too, take their fair share of captives. When you consider that the
majority of the Par 5s are by no means guaranteed birdie holes, you're lucky to escape with a Par.
It's a little too blocky to rank alongside the best, but The Judge really does reflect its designers in a positive light. The planting is
sometimes a little ordinary, and there's a hard edge or two available, but many of the design weaknesses have been wellcamouflaged.
||A water-filled layout that compares well to some of the best fictional courses, and
shows that they're not necessarily all that way out.
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