|Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 2030
|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)
Please remember that Clipnote reviews are the opinion of one person and do not constitute an 'Official' Links Corner review of the course.
Real, marshland course
Plays well at F*/F* - realistic conditions might be a tad slower
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
||An excellent course which has been meticulously constructed with very little regard
to its surroundings
|This course is available as a FREE download.
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