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Western Heights
by John Brooks

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 - 2074
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2012-05-16  28,298,264  bytes 69  7166 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
FICTIONAL  PARKLAND  western1.crz 
Course ID Course Key
c851e7db3a7947c0831e808ed180db76  8cd5e7a147f3114990276e190cdcb55a 

An update on an old design by Matt de Souza

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Fictional, mountain course
There are no clues given to where it’s supposed to be, but it feels like Scotland to me.
S*/S* only.
Concept  5/10
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 is…well, to be honest it's 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.
Appearance  4/10
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.
Playability  3/10
I found Western Heights hard work, and it's 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.
Challenge  5/10
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.
Technical  4/10
If courses are going to be updated, it's 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.
Overall A peculiarity among the recent trend of course updates: this course was little-heardof before, and hasn't received quite enough attention to take its place among the other updates. 21/50
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
Ace8 %1
Eagle23 %3
Birdie54 %7
Par15 %2
Bogey or worse0 %0

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