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Thanksgiving Point (2003)
by Microsoft

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1151
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2002-08-21  38,352,842  bytes 72  7728 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
Course ID Course Key
822ebc696cee4156a0bb3ba47ae5df4e  a3d876999b35bfcd2ff9999f07fe6592 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, farmland course
Some greens will top out at about M*/S*
Concept  3/10
Huge, sprawling and soulless, this is resort golf par excellence (no pun intended). Dumped unceremoniously in the prairie, Thanksgiving Point makes heavy use of hazards and demands naught but big hitting. The problem is, in the middle of cowboy country, the whole thing just feels manufactured and artificial: the very antithesis of what golf should be about, especially when the setting could have given rise to something more original.
Appearance  4/10
A great panorama dominates the course, and some good planting has been wheeled out, but the textures are poor (particularly the long grass) and nothing really matches or coheres, or feels like part of a living, breathing golf course. Microsoft's designers' heavy hand with elevations makes its presence felt again, and the overall impression is disappointing in light of many of the other 2003 courses.
Playability  2/10
While I understand the logic in stretching courses out over 7,500 yards, I really find it difficult to hack round the extra length. The Par 5s at Thanksgiving Point, in particularly, are monstrously bloated slog-fests: Heaven knows how many strokes it would take me to hit the green in real life. Despite some unusual use of the water hazards, the course as a whole is largely devoid of charm and anything that would make you want to play again.
Challenge  7/10
It won't come as a surprise to many big-hitters when they attempt to take on Thanksgiving Point on its merits, and wind up short. At least a bogey or two should be routine for even the best hitters, and you certainly shouldn't bank on any of the long holes to pick up shots. Thankfully, some moderate greens allow putts from medium range to be holed more often than you would expect, and keep your score respectable.
Technical  5/10
Even despite the poor visuals, MS have wheeled out a few new tricks to impose on this course. It's just a shame that the technical staff didn't also find the time to fix the same old problems which are still recurring.
Overall A course somewhat depressing in its ordinariness. Could have been a gem with all the praries to play with, but instead it ends up playing to the whims of an unimaginative designer. 21/50
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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