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The Stone Canyon Club (2003)
by Microsoft

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1150
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2002-08-21  35,969,618  bytes 72  7230 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
Course ID Course Key
428be71842e64d7eacd99c408a227118  22835904441658f076113e180487e613 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, canyon course
Concept  9/10
The rockiest of all desert courses features immaculately designed holes, making maximum, clever use of natural elevations and hazarding. There really is a perfect blend here, from the knockout Par 3s to the lengthy and strategic Par 5s, and everything in between. It's been brought to life effectively, stretching the Microsoft design norms to some extent and retains an offbeat appeal. If you're looking to spend a little cash, you could do far worse than this.
Appearance  8/10
Large numbers of rocks have been used, and although some attempt has clearly been taken to avoid cloning, the occasional duplicate is still visible. Elsewhere, though, there's fine use of elevations to produce some unusual effects, a less glaring than normal texture set, and a dramatic panorama to round off the visuals nicely.
Playability  9/10
There are some subtle but very clever fairway shapes here, and a lot of intelligent merit, unusually for a desert course. When you combine this with the elevations use and the trademark Par 3s, there's a stimulating and constantly engaging round of golf on offer. This is definitely one to add to your tournament rotation.
Challenge  3/10
Suffering heavily from Real Course syndrome, Stone Canyon has not brought much of its challenge to the Links game. The desert is more scenic than penal, and the designer has not relied heavily on hazards. Contrary to appearances, the greens are not at all difficult to hit, and birdie putts will be inevitably forthcoming.
Technical  9/10
I have to say I'm quite impressed with this step up in terms of both vision and visuals. Yes, today's APCD legends would put any Microsoft course to shame, but Stone Canyon is certainly one of the most ambitious and least-flawed releases out there, and deserves a high mark.
Overall A very impressive desert-style course, and certainly one of the best of the genre out there. One of the best from MS, too. 38/50
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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