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Fontana GC
by Thomas Wagner

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1828
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2008-03-25  85,299,200  bytes 72  7540 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  PARKLAND  Fontana GC Fixed.crz 
Course ID Course Key
   

COURSE SCREENSHOTS

COURSE NOTES
Dear Linksters

This will be hopefully the final version of Fontana GC.
Thanks again to everybody who helped to find the less good things inside the file.
In this repaired version I did some changings to the fairways. I made them smaller on several holes. So I hope the course is now more challenging.
I also added drop zones around the media towers on hole 4 and 18.
I too changed the aim from tee to landing area so that stock drives will land now on the fairway.
At last the frogs-volume is turned down to tolerable loudness (especially for Acrilix).

This is the original read me from the first version:
»FONTANA GC« is a real course only a 20 minutes car ride outside Vienna/Austria.
From June 5 to 8, 2008 Fontana will host the comeback tournament of the PGA European Tour in Austria. (www.fontana.at)

The par 72 course has a length of 7040 yards (~6436 m) from tournament tees (SL 139/CR 74,3).
This measurements are taken from the birdie book and do not confirm to the values in Links.

5 tee boxes and 12 pin positions at each hole.
Logo, custom pano, splash, hole previews (from the original birdie-book) are added.

Since I have a new computer I was able to plant crowds (with my old one I had to to much problems with rendering times).

I planted some tournament objects, among them some advertising signs around the greens,
which are defined as „all pass through“. If you unfortunately place your ball behind such a sign
don't fear, they don't stop the ball when chipping through on to the green.

Many thanks to all designers which will recognise their textures and objects I used thankful.
So I hope you will have fun and challenge when playing the course.

with best regards
Thomas Wagner
»keep swinging«

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Description
Real, heathland course
Location
TBC
Conditions
TBC
Concept  9/10
Fontana is quite unexpected in straight-laced Austria. It is carefully constructed to take advantage of hazards, rather than elevations, and has a large amount of viewer-friendly risk/reward golf. The Links version is somewhat cartoonish, in the designer's normal style, but has moments of beauty along the way. Overall, it's an impressive and almost over-awing creation, as well as being a vital European tour stop.
Appearance  8/10
Certain features, such as the detail in the grass planting, and the incredible rockworks, are mould-breaking and the most photo-realistic that we've seen. Sadly, there are a few flaws elsewhere. There's some obvious shaping of the textures around many transitions, and the waterside in particular is unfortunately delimited. There are quite a few clones visible in the planting too. Despite good customisation, there is something about the designer's style which will not quite appeal to all eyes.
Playability  10/10
Fontana is very immersive, compulsive and daring, and very difficult to ignore. There's a lot of choice, a great deal of risk/reward and that key feature of being pulled onwards to the next tee to see what is facing you. The holes become steadily more tasty as you approach the clubhouse; the 18th being a terrific Par 5 to rival the closer at Pebble Beach.
Challenge  8/10
With deep rough perfectly placed to catch the errant tee shot, and hazarding designed to pick out the unwary without being intrusive, there is a lot to be cautious about at Fontana. For those that can pick out their shots, though, a few birdie opportunities will present themselves: don't expect legions of them or easy low scores by any means.
Technical  8/10
Some of the techniques here mark another great stride forward for the designer, and the delicate planting and custom textures are on a Par with any. There's not quite enough consistency around the course to garner full marks, though: nearly every great bit of work is undone by a neighbouring view that suffers from shape placement or an inadequate texture.
Overall Despite the occasional flaw, one of the best - and most exciting - stops on the virtual European tour. 43/50
Please remember that Clipnote reviews are the opinion of one person and do not constitute an 'Official' Links Corner review of the course.

USER RATINGS

 Votes cast
Ace27 %15
Eagle39 %22
Birdie29 %16
Par4 %2
Bogey or worse2 %1

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