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TPC Blue Monster at Doral 2011
by Glenn Braden

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 - 1993
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2011-02-28  0  bytes 72  7072 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  PARKLAND  tpc blue monster at doral 2011 -1.crz 
Course ID Course Key
702eb13cd6644d01b1bd4c7e0b6cb44c  e6e7229298041549e4094b7c00d6b16a 

This is an update from last years release featuring new greens and pins and an out of bounds area along holes 12 and 13.

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, tropical course
Playable at F*/F*
Concept  8/10
Throughout Doral's previous incarnations, I have found it difficult to really identify with the course, but there is more of the Gulf of Mexico feel to this latest version, and not least the excellent work in creating a course on this very flat and uninspiring landscape. The green complexes and hazards are classic in feel, yet exceedingly testing, and the course taken on its basic merits certainly lives up to the 'Monster' aspect of its name. Steadily improving aspects are becoming more and more apparent in the APCD work, not least in finally imbuing this course with a believable atmosphere.
Appearance  8/10
The detail in the texture set is immaculate, but it is a very wet, deep green where some people might prefer something more washed-out (or even a combination of the two might work…). The planting is excellent, and there are plenty of traces of the tournament objects around the course, giving it a big-time atmosphere which in this case is highly apt. The bunker blends continue to disappoint - not wanting to put down what is clearly a huge job, the speckly transitions just don't fit the bill.
Playability  8/10
Much better than once it was, you really have the opportunity now to feel immersed in Blue Monster's extravagant tropical presentation and realise the excellent challenges presented by the architect. It actually improves with repetition, and is excellent when played in direct competition. This is definitely a course that works best as it was intended - under full tournament conditions with slippery greens.
Challenge  7/10
With some outstandingly tough Par 3s and signature Par 5s, there's no escaping the in-your-face brutality of the Blue Monster. It's unsurprising that the designer has seen fit to ease down on the greening and rough. The greens - fair enough, given the majority of users who want challenging conditions. But the rough is just too simple to escape, and should be heavier like most of the other US Tour courses. It's still a punishing track, but not as much as it should be.
Technical  8/10
As ever with courses that have received numerous updates, continuously refining and improving, there is great technical merit in the perseverance of the designer. Doubly so for the improved atmosphere which restores so much viability to this course. While the visuals are as good as they're ever going to be on this artificial and slightly underwhelming layout, there is still a little fine-tuning around the edges which won't escape the attentions of a smart golfer.
Overall Another big step forward for a course which has earned its fame through being one of the toughest Tour stops. 39/50
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
Ace20 %12
Eagle63 %37
Birdie17 %10
Par0 %0
Bogey or worse0 %0

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