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Kapalua Village (2003)
by Microsoft

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1144
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2002-08-21  30,538,491  bytes 71  6656 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
Course ID Course Key
e79716da6e794dcbb715e99aa116c8ad  9ccb81344bf3e17d47190d7b66e90757 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, parkland course
Concept  5/10
Kapalua Village lacks the intimidation of 'older brother' Plantation and plays a more gentle and forgiving round of golf with generous rough and little in the way of immediate hazards. It's a short and unprepossessing course with few holes standing out for particularly good design.
Appearance  3/10
Microsoft clearly didn't spend as much time on this lesser course. The textures are stretched and distorted, bunkers like blots on the landscape, and the planting looks underdone, especially off the immediate line of play. There's not much at all to look at on this course, to be honest.
Playability  5/10
With narrow fairways and frequent doglegs, the sensible player isn't given much choice in the manner of playing a hole. Recovery shots are, on the whole, too simple and it's very easy to chip close to the pin. The elevations don't contribute to the play as much as hinder it: you'll undoubtedly see several approach shots finish short of the green.
Challenge  5/10
The Village starts deceptively easy, but the test stiffens around the turn. Sadly, the final holes are not sufficient as a test, and a score in the mid-60s should be comfortable. Part of the reason is the unchallenging bunkers and the wide open rough areas (there is no heavy rough on the course). The greens are the easiest at Kapalua, and make putting something of a formality. This course is a disappointment after a round on the Plantation.
Technical  3/10
For a 2000 course, this is a hell of a disappointment. Lack of texture use, woefully pointless bunkers, harsh transitions and hasty planting are all traits that Microsoft have avoided elsewhere. Some areas just look like a mistake; others don't bring across any of the course's atmosphere or location.
Overall A massive disappointment, and by far the weakest of the three Kapalua courses. It looks distinctly under-polished and unengaging. 21/50
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