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Troon North - Monument Course (2003)
by Microsoft

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1152
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2002-08-21  19,452,358  bytes 72  7014 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  DESERT  Troon2k3.crz 
Course ID Course Key
6b095a3b65a6444f90839a934aeb526f  0014e73bb874cebbf41955de52000a7c 

The Monument was designed by the team of legendary golfer, Tom Weiskopf and architect, Jay Morrish, and stretches to 7,028 yards and a par 72.

It presents a challenging layout for the pros, as well as an enjoyable experience for the average golfer. Both will enjoy the wide fairways that wind through lush desert vegetation, natural washes and towering saguaros.

(extract from Troon North website)

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, desert course
Concept  8/10
Not to be confused with the home of the Postage Stamp, this Troon is in Arizona. It's a dry desert course, the one that set a template for many average APCD designs and is regularly voted one of the best courses in the USA. It features some impressive hole designs, using the best that the desert has to offer, although it becomes a little repetitive down the back nine, and closes with a whimper rather than a bang.
Appearance  8/10
Considering its age, Troon is looking fine. The panorama is impressive if a little blurry, and the rock planting around the course is natural, good-looking and a good hazard for the golfer. It's a shame there's a little too much cloning when it comes to the arid trees, but the course is surprisingly free of hard edges, and it's clear that no insignificant effort has gone into the presentation.
Playability  7/10
With a good variety of shapes required off the tee and the inspired decision that the desert is playable terrain, then there's plenty to see and do at Troon, and a variety of landscape to get lost in. After about 12 holes, though, you get a 'seen it before' feeling, and the course doesn't present anything new. The course is still better than average, though.
Challenge  2/10
Perhaps part of the course's appeal is its amenity to low scores. The fairways are largely flat, the greens are large and accommodating, and the desert is surprisingly easy to escape. It's one of those courses on which bogeys are nigh on impossible unless you hit the water, and hence is not particularly difficult.
Technical  7/10
There are a couple of mesh folds and abrupt elevation changes that require eradicating, and the tee boxes and fairways could use a first-cut. But the technical work has held up very well, given the course\'s age.
Overall A more solid effort than usual from MS. A great start; shame about the lacklustre finish. 32/50
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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