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TPC Louisiana
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 - 2030
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2011-08-01  0  bytes 72  7372 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
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The course was designed in 2003 by Pete Dye on filled in swamp land near Avondale, LA. It is a par 72 playing at 7372 yards from the tips. There are 71 bunkers on the course which are fronted by mounds, due to the fact that the course is built on a swamp the designers could not go below the water table so they built the surrounding mounds instead. The greens are large and very undulating and can result in some very difficult putts if your approach shots are not well placed.

I hope you enjoy the course,

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, marshland course
Louisiana, obviously
Plays well at F*/F* - realistic conditions might be a tad slower
Concept  8/10
An impressive, if rather artificial layout, you sense while playing Louisiana that every bunker moulding has been placed with a slide-rule, and the moguls that dot the fairway are precision-placed rather than a natural feature. It's really a stadium-course in wanting, and you could be cynical about the lengths that have clearly been taken to create a course rather than rely on terrain. But, on the flip-side, there are some terrific challenges, and the course sticks its nose out ahead of most of the Tour rotation.
Appearance  6/10
I do worry that Glenn Braden's courses are become a little same-y, although this could partly be the fault of the PGA. While good work has been done with the planting, yet again, and there is a decent clubhouse, there are some distinct extrusion marks, a mis-coloured panorama and some stretched textures around the bunkers where a separate lip would have been more appropriate. Overall, it's a bit underwhelming.
Playability  8/10
It's really, really easy to lose yourself in the course here. The work of a magnificent course architect, it constantly teases and challenges you to hit some tempting targets. There's plenty of room to accommodate long drives, and your bunker play will likely get a workout too. Several holes are tantalisingly within under-regulation range. It's enough fun to breeze you around a four-round tournament before you know it.
Challenge  5/10
Louisiana isn't going to hit the heights in terms of course lengths, and it could well be that many greens are hit a little too easily. Add this to modest, escapable rough, and planting that is decorative more than threatening, and there's a course waiting to be eaten up. You should count on at least one Eagle at some point.
Technical  7/10
This one is still a little rough around the edges (no pun intended), but with some work on the colours and horizon, there could be a fantastic tribute to the real thing here. Planting is definitely the strong suit from this designer, though, and that holds a reasonable amount of credibility on its own.
Overall An excellent course which has been meticulously constructed with very little regard to its surroundings 34/50
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
Ace27 %13
Eagle65 %32
Birdie6 %3
Par2 %1
Bogey or worse0 %0

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