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Bartlett Springs HD
by Peter Beckwith

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 - 2057
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2012-02-19  0  bytes 71  7326 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
FICTIONAL  WOODLAND  .crz 
Course ID Course Key
   

COURSE NOTES
Bartlett Springs is a 7369 Yard Par 71 Championship course fictionally situated in the town of Bartlett Springs, Illinois. The course is situated on rolling terrain and features abundant protected wetlands and densely forested areas that line the perimeter of the course.

Bartlett Springs features five sets of tee and plays to the following lengths:
Tour 7326 Yards
Gold 7027 Yards
Blue 6661 Yards
White 6114 Yards
Red 5533 Yards

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Description
Fictional, marshland course
Location
Illinois, as stated by the Readme
Conditions
I'd be happiest easing this one down to M*/F*, or M*/M* if feeling really cautious.
Concept  9/10
A third intensely-designed and reasoned course from one of the top Links course planners today, Bartlett Springs is perhaps a little more confrontational and hazardous than Casten Acres or Stansbury, but that's not to say it isn't very clever indeed. With a convincing and professional course history in the readme, and a pretty formidable course length, it is a very modern design, built for the player rather than just the whims of the designer.
Appearance  9/10
Delightful wetlands textures and a willingness to push convention by overlaying grasses on water and paths, the deep bluegrass-green palette of Bartlett Springs is certainly among its main draws. As would be expected from this designer, the bunker sculpture and blending is of the highest quality, but the upper-level planting is pretty undistinguished and just occasionally the background draws the eye when it just doesn't quite conform. This occasional glitch does little to stop the course looking great for the most part.
Playability  7/10
While its predecessors showed deep and intuitive sense of how to present a realistic, fair, but engaging golf hole, I can't help think that this course has been somewhat over-thought. The water hazarding is ever-present, and the bunkering marks out the route all too conveniently. The best aspect is the open fairways, and the potential for shot choices from the tee. The par 3 holes are all very credible, though, and present much of the course's best aspects.
Challenge  8/10
A layout very much geared around the modern, tournament golfer, it's hard to really get off the mark here. The course as a whole will produce decent scores: those hoping for intense risk-reward will be disappointed, but the bunkering is a real limitation on many golfers, and the water is virtually omnipresent after the innocuous but beautiful first hole. The greens aren't pushovers, either, with many holes located in the middle of slopes, albeit gentle ones. Expect mid-to-long putts to be rare.
Technical  10/10
We can expect nothing less than the best from Pete Beckwith, and although his target audience tastes aren't quite in line with mine this time, there's no doubting the quality of the creation.
Overall A less subtle and more in-your-face effort from this designer, but still retains a massive amount of credibility as a set of holes and a course as a unit. 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

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