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Carlyon Lakes 2012
by Paul Seaman

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 - 2102
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2012-11-09  139,428  bytes 72  7440 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
FICTIONAL  PARKLAND  Carlyon Lakes 2012.crz 
Course ID Course Key
be1b2a7eb1384da287f2b6bec3c1be77  1ca5c50e7b3ea20ac2a722114c9c2047 

I would like to say a massive THANK YOU TO MAILMAN.

Firstly for identifying what the problem might be, (I had no clue,) and then spending 3 days solid testing every single pin....324 of the suckers.....Jees.....Thanks a million mate....

If you do not use the green analyzer, I wouldn't bother downloading the 2012 version because it's crash free with the GA disabled, unless of course you play in tournaments. I would imagine if the course is used for tourney play the admins will use the 2012 version....

In my eyes the original is nicer aesthetically, because the multiple green textures add a little more realism...


CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Fictional, woodland course
Derbyshire, by the delightful back-story.
There are some tricky slopes but carefully-placed pins. I'd be tempted to stick with M*/M*
Concept  7/10
Paul's technique has very little to prove after a swathe of outstanding courses, and Carlyon Lakes looks well set to carry on the trend. Relatively orthodox in layout, but with sumptuously plotted and bunkered holes throughout, it has plenty to offer. Location-wise, though, it's not the most convincing of courses, and the eponymous lakes scattered around the halfway mark are just too artificial, which is a little off-putting.
Appearance  10/10
A rich, delightful, mossy colour scheme makes Carlyon the ideal counterpart to Duine Mara, and the woodland planting is rich and varied. The sunken bunkers are best of all, picked out subtly with a longer grass texture. It's nothing less than we would expect, of course.
Playability  9/10
As always with a Seaman course, there's plenty to think about and not a dead hole all the way around. Regardless of the relative shortage of atmosphere, there's still enough stimulating and understated golf to really enjoy Carylon Lakes. The water actually doesn't come into play very much, and the true woodlands test of finding fairways with accuracy dominates. The intricate green complexes enable different pin positions to play very differently, so there's plenty of replayability too.
Challenge  7/10
A course of two halves, judging by the background, there is certainly some apparentness of this in the play. The back nine cranks up the difficulty level a little, and some might find the positioning of the water a little extreme, especially given that this is allegedly an older course. But there's barely a blade of deep rough to compensate, and most approaches will be routine affairs, leaving you with some puzzlesome greens. If I had a criticism, it is that these different areas of challenge don't really gel together well enough.
Technical  10/10
Even in beta-phase, this was very close to perfect, and the finishing touches to the course presentation (including some delightful hole previews and the fictional story behind the course) are - as ever - perfect. 1
Overall A terrific course, not particularly hampered by the lack of location, although that is definitely a sector for improvement. 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.


 Votes cast
Ace56 %30
Eagle35 %19
Birdie4 %2
Par0 %0
Bogey or worse6 %3

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