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Frankfurter Golf Club
by Microsoft

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1304
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2001-08-14  29,646,504  bytes 71  6749 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
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CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, forest course.
Concept  4/10
Narrow fairways wind their way in between thick, dense forest. It's nothing we haven't seen before. Although the tee shots generally keep you thinking, in terms of the shape required, the approach shots and greens are monotonous and really drag the course down. The fact that it's as flat as a pancake doesn't help either.
Appearance  2/10
There's not much to look at here, and its stunning that Microsoft are palming something this primitive off as a 2003 course. A lack of seam blends and elevations (even on the small scale) stands out. Custom objects are few and far between and the whole course lacks charm or eye candy.
Playability  2/10
I didn't enjoy playing this, due to the ease of missing the fairway off the tee, and the fact that it is too easy to score par or better on every hole. There is no concept of risk/reward and no optional ways of playing any hole. After 12 holes without once being in serious trouble, I was ready to give up, and only the prospects of eagles on the closing Par 5s kept me going.
Challenge  2/10
There's something seriously wrong with a course when you can slice your tee shot into deep woods and still comfortably par the hole after a chip shot onto the fairway. It's all very well the fairways being narrow, but there is a serious lack of anything to punish you if you don't hit them. Bunkers are ill-thought-out and rarely come into play. The rough is easily escapable. A score close to 60 should be quite easy.
Technical  4/10
There's not much to praise here. The flatness of the course is worrying - surely even the real course cannot be this horizontal. Shapes are not blended, and the look is artificial, despite being based on a real course. A few custom objects liven up the round, but there's not nearly enough customisation, in terms of appearance or challenge.
Overall Microsoft at its worst. Uninspiring, ugly and unsuitable for the Links golfer. Surely there must have been a better option for conversion than this. 14/50
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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