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Tron  BETA
by Noah Neumann

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1556
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2005-03-02  5,357,568  bytes 73  7706 yards
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A fantasy golf course based on the movie TRON!!

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Imaginary, concept course.
Concept  10/10
Every now and then a course comes along that sets a new benchmark. Tron most certainly isn't a new step towards photo-realism, nor a breakthrough in research. But it is an amazing, convincing recreation of the Tron film (allegedly set inside a computer), and a whole new dimension in golf design and gameplay. The course is 100% customised, greens have become Target Areas, bunkers are Static Traps, water is Coolant and Turbo Pads have rock-like attributes which launch your ball all over the shop. Elevations are sometimes gimmicky but used to good effect when the course might have been all right angles. Hole design, as befits the surrounds, is original, continually changing and challenging. Stunning stuff.
Appearance  8/10
Tron certainly gains marks for novelty value, and the textures work extremely well. There are quite a few blocked views, and the course is very dark on the whole, which counts against it. It's hard of course to compare such a novel look to standard courses, but only a cynic would say that it looks ugly.
Playability  9/10
I understand that there are individuals who just cannot stomach this sort of course, and good luck to them. For the rest of us, this course is a riot. With 100% playable landscape (aside from the coolant) and an entire new set of golfing challenges, there's a lot of fun to be had. The course is only let down by the occasionally unplayable lie and occasional unclearness as to the exact path to be taken.
Challenge  6/10
It'll take quite a few rounds to get things right at Tron. It's a completely different sort of challenge, and you'll do well to break par. Landing on the wrong terrain or elevation might result in an impossible challenge, which borders on the unfair, though, and it would be nice to have an escape route from this that doesn't involve backtracking.
Technical  9/10
A 100% customised course cannot be sniffed at and, again, it's difficult to make much of a comparison. The course at the time of writing is still in Beta phase, and I would hope that some of the inflexibilities can be ironed out. Otherwise, you have to give credit simply in terms of imagination and style.
Overall A round of golf completely unlike any other. Certainly worth a hack through, even for the Imaginary Course cynics. 42/50
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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