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Four Seasons Resort Aviara
by Microsoft

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1303
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2000-09-29  37,266,700  bytes 72  7010 yards
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CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, parkland course.
Concept  6/10
The resort aspect of this course certainly plays its part. The holes thread their way in between chalets and park roads. These features do a great job of setting the location without becoming intrusive and gimmicky. Hole design is varied, although there's little that really stands out, other than the beautiful 11th hole. It's a decent course on the whole, but if you're going to incorporate a course into a golf game, why not go for something spectacular?
Appearance  5/10
The good, the bad and the ugly. At its best (above), Four Seasons is stunning. At its worst, the planting looks cheap, sparse and lined-up; the ugliness derives from the awful unnatural terrain work - surely these elevations don't look like this in real life. There are a few hard edges, particularly around the paths, which would be better omitted.
Playability  8/10
This is a great course for shot-shapers and shot-makers. There are plenty of rolling elevations to test your approaches and often you tee off almost at right angles to the fairway. Water features (although sadly not bunkers, which are almost non-existent) add an appropriate amount of interest and variety. The one downside is trying to putt on the ridiculous greens, which feature improbable slopes, and even more improbable pin positions.
Challenge  5/10
Despite the challenge presented on the smooth parts, this is an easy course to score on, mostly thanks to the lack of fairway protection. Even if you mis-hit your drive, there's a good chance you'll wind up on some smooth, flattish ground for an easy approach. The course plays easily, as one would expect of a resort course, and your chance of wanting to going back to improve is minimal.
Technical  5/10
This should have been better. The elevation work is woefully poor, and some of the textures clash. While the planting is good in places, it looks uncared for in others. My impression is that a lot of work has gone into creating the resort features, and not enough into the aspects that make a golf course playable and enjoyable.
Overall Just as if you were on holiday there: play it once, relax, and then pack up your clubs and move on. 29/50
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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