|Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 2074
|An update on an old design by Matt de Souza|
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.
Fictional, mountain course
There are no clues given to where itís supposed to be, but it feels like
Scotland to me.
The original Western Heights was one of those courses undistinguished among many other quite coarse efforts of the time. John
Brooks has taken the rough product, given it a modern makeover, and the net result isÖwell, to be honest itís still pretty
undistinguished. I can see why the original would hold some appeal, with its rollicking elevations and good storytelling, but the update
just looks rough and underfinished.
A few nice blends apart, Western Heights still looks old, with plenty of stock and cloned planting, and too much obvious shape
placement. The elevations are supposed to be a big draw, but they are handled poorly, and the remake has done little to iron out the
consistency. The small plot and heavy woodlands make the whole thing feel claustrophobic.
I found Western Heights hard work, and itís no secret that a lot of that was due to a lack of polish. There are plenty of iffy pass-through
properties in the trees, and much of the elevation work is purely penal, rather than a challenge to creativity. Some tiny fairways and
lengthy approaches do little to help. The best hole is the 18th, but getting there might just be too much for most.
I can certainly see why a course of this difficulty might be much desired by John Brooks after some of his little pushover Real courses
of late, but for most of us it might be a step too far. I felt more like my real-life hacker equivalent, ploughing out of trees and rough all
the time. The lack of attention to proper, playable greening is unforgiveable.
If courses are going to be updated, itís necessary to give them more polish than Western Heights has received. It remains something of a
peculiarity and a fossil, and plenty of old-fashioned technique is still very much in evidence.
||A peculiarity among the recent trend of course updates: this course was little-heardof
before, and hasnít received quite enough attention to take its place among the
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