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Pilgrim Trails Golf Club
by Mike Jones

Note: This course contains 1024x1024 textures and can only be played in version 1.07 or later of Links 2003

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1890
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2009-06-05  265,045,034  bytes 72  7579 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
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CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Fictional, woodland course
Concept  9/10
Just when we thought he was out of the game, he comes roaring back in! Mike Jones's return to high-definition Links is a huge roaring cross between Bethpage and Crooked Creek, but still with so much of the innate understanding and magic that comes from - well - being Mike Jones. The holes are deliciously set out, hazarded with precise viciousness and are a very, very stern test of golf. The whole thing is tied together by terrific redflowered gorse planting, a lovely trademark which does a lot to hold the course together.
Appearance  10/10
Glorious bunker technique is just the start. There are dozens of charming little 3D creations lurking in the woods, and the texture use has really put high-definition on the map. Pat Auge's clubhouse stands proud above the whole lot. Seriously - what more could you want?
Playability  8/10
The course has really been extended - it's a good thousand yards longer than Crystal Pines or Las Joyas, and that certainly carries a different weight to the play. There aren't many courses where the struggle for par is so readily fought, but ultimately such a terrific battle. The fact that my first two test rounds yielded 30 pars out of 36 is testimony to a design genius. But, and it's a big 'but', these battles are hard work in the long term, and perhaps don't give Pilgrim Trails the compulsiveness of other Mike Jones courses.
Challenge  10/10
In terms of hazarding, this sets a new standard. On a sandy landscape, the bunkers are widespread, but they are perfectly placed and in exactly correct volume to make your round a trial but never an unfair challenge. The greens are flat but heavily guarded, and the woodland is in play for the errant tee shots. The difficulty gradient along the closing holes lets up slightly, but it's really nothing less than you deserve after struggling for par over the first two thirds. It's difficult to express how brilliantly judged the whole thing is, despite the huge length.
Technical  10/10
Being released simultaneously with Bethpage Black meant that the Links community was treated to two of the finest ever pieces of APCD work, without argument.
Overall Not just visual splendour, but one of the most supremely well-judged rounds of golf we have seen in a long time. 47/50
Please remember that Clipnote reviews are the opinion of one person and do not constitute an 'Official' Links Corner review of the course.


 Votes cast
Ace88 %155
Eagle7 %13
Birdie2 %4
Par1 %2
Bogey or worse1 %2

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