|Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1687
|Part of Chuck's two course Fun Pack.|
CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)
Please remember that Clipnote reviews are the opinion of one person and do not constitute an 'Official' Links Corner review of the course.
Imaginary, dunes course
Those complaining that APCD desert-style creations are lacking in natural
dryness and desert-like features should be well satiated here. Little oases
of green pepper some crazy, rolling sand dunes. In true Chuck Clark style,
some relatively normal holes wind through all this chaos, there's some
intricate greening, and an enormous panorama to add authenticity. It's a
desert course unlike any other, and all the better for it. The realists might
want to steer clear.
This could have been pretty monotonous; instead it's been created to look surprisingly good. Judicious use of pools, bridges and
scrubby planting break up what might have been plain sand. The combination of green grass and desert dunes doesn't always
convince, mind you, and there is an almost inevitable repetition in the sand texture mapping. But the panorama and the course as a
whole are largely impressive due to the ambitious scale.
The blind tee shot is the primary curse here. Several holes will throttle you back in order to assure a fairway landing. Of course, miss
the fairway and you'd better hope your bunker game is in shape: thankfully there is little if any OB on the course. Swirling Sands gives
a good scope for improving one's bunker game, and that can't be said for many courses where sand play and fun are virtually mutually
It will probably come as a surprise to find that this pick-shot-ridden course is actually somewhat too easy. The greens were specifically
developed to counter the lack of planting or OB, but a good putter should find even the most extreme of them inarduous. The reward of
scraping a par after playing three bunker shots can't be deined, but really should it be this easy?
In some ways, Chuck's slightly outwardly style has found its ideal home at Swirling Sands. We don't expect gorgeous texture
transitions or realistic elevation use on a course such as this, and the result doesn't appear out of place. And there are lovely touches
amid the delicate planting and the restraint shown as a whole.
||If you want to own a way-out desert course, make it this one. The 18 holes that
make bunker play seem almost worthwhile.
|This course is available as a FREE download.
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