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Mesa Roja (2003)
by Microsoft

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1145
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2002-08-21  13,099,442  bytes 72  7704 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
Course ID Course Key
29c133ab12514252a259613f41ed9d87  594e9ed97bb3bf3599273d7087ec1fcb 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Imaginary, desert course.
Concept  6/10
This is, of course, the track used by Microsoft to show off the APCD and a handful of their sandstone textures. But it's a decent concept in its own right and contains some imaginative, if unpolished, hole designs. The sandstone monoliths are a great idea, but not utilised as well as they might be. If Microsoft can really go to town on the likes of Devil's Island, why didn't they on this?
Appearance  6/10
Generally, there's some impressive views, but later in the eighteen the designers appeared to grow lazy. The cliffs abut straight onto fairway without any transition. Elevation changes spoil some views and some of the most beautiful landscape is therefore not visible. The overall effect isn't half as impressive as one would like.
Playability  5/10
The novelty value of this course is the main reason to play it. There's a decent amount of risk/reward, but again I thought there could have been much more. The course is seriously lacking in replayability values, though: once you've seen it, there's nothing new the second time. Despite the variety of the holes, mystifyingly you'll end up playing many of them the same way.
Challenge  4/10
wide open fairways and greens and stone walls to knock your ball back into play, it's all too easy to score pars here. Birdies will come with time and patience, rather than skill. In contrast, the final Par 4 is some way over 500 yards and impossible to hit in two. I believe that technical know-how took priority over golfing expertise here.
Technical  7/10
The panorama's nice, and you can't knock what has been done with the rock formations or the desert sand. Some more work on texture transitions is necessary towards the end, and there's more than a hint of hard-edged shapes, but a decent effort nevertheless.
Overall Not as bad as most people make out, but there is still a lot to be desired here. Not a patch on Box Canyon in golfing terms. 28/50
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