|Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1702
||Pine Dunes Golf Club.crz
|Pine Dunes is a fictional woodland golf course set in…….well, I’ll leave that up to your imagination. It started out being the usual type of course I play here in East Texas, but, the general style transformed during the designing process. Pine Dunes is my fourth course to be released.|
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.
Fictional, dunes course
A truly magnificent course, Pine Dunes plays in an almost desert-like
environment, thanks to the large planted sandy regions (it would be
erroneous to call them bunkers as they lay at ground level) and a dry,
yellowing feel to the textures and spindly trees. Hole design is excellent,
although it does tend towards the ‘bendy’ a little too much, and there is an
unnecessary reliance on water for hazarding. But this is an impressive and
believable environment and represents a massive step up in terms of the
designer’s ability and strengths.
Amazing. Planting the bunkers covers up the need to use lips and adds a different and unusual appearance. The forests look similarly
impressive, and a suitable panorama towers over the whole lot. There is good custom 3D work in the clubhouse, and the water regions
are excellently planted and some of the best I’ve seen. Superb.
An excellent variety of hole designs both stimulate and challenge players. The Par 5s are brilliantly judged for the 2-3 shot boundary,
and the course as a whole is an excellent illustration of how to provide good golf without stretching to unnecessary length. There’s
good ambient sound and a certain amount of risk/reward: the course is only let down slightly by a little jerkiness in the rendering times.
The sandy areas gobble up their fair share of balls, but are balanced nicely by the putting surfaces. With the gentle gradients on the
greens, a regulation hit will often result in a birdie. Such occasions are relatively rare, because many tee shots will catch the forest or
the hazards. I particularly enjoyed the forest escape play: it was challenging without being impossible.
A tremendous step up from the designer’s previous courses, this features outstanding planting and a genuine sense of how to create a
good golf course. Only the occasional texture problem is at fault: the green texture is oddly inappropriate and might look better as a
||A brilliant and instantly likeable course. Moderate, fair and exciting by turns and
with a closing nine to match any in the game.
|This course is available as a FREE download.
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