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Merion East 2013 - beta  BETA
by Glenn Braden

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 - 2141
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2013-06-12  133,626,650  bytes 70  6997 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  WOODLAND  Merion East 2013 - beta_locked.crz 
Course ID Course Key
47a8adde20e54040b3ee4152e06d41eb  17bcfcadf49cd31193381e1eeaec89c4 


I want to thank Dexter and Mick for the chance to update Merion.

There are a couple of blend issues that I have had some difficulty with which is why this is listed as a beta. I will take care of those and any other changes to the course that need taken care of after the Open.

The course length should be about spot on, there are new pin placements which I have tested and sent my thoughts on to Jason for the apcd OWGC Open setup. The greens are greasy but play well under fİ/fİ. The fairways are narrow, the rough is deep and the bunkers will not be easy with the new grasses planted around them so I think this setup should be difficult but fair.

So please remember this is a beta and the final will come out as soon as I can get it together.


CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, estate course
I wouldn\'t fancy the F*/F* advised by the designer. M*/M* is as fast as I\'d go.
Concept  8/10
This update of Dexter Gresh\'s classic course emphasises the US Open toughness of Merion East - what was once a tame creation is given real teeth with back tees and slippery greens. The course retains its country club charm, though, and although the opening holes are a little sterile, the back stretch are classic tests of strategy and target-golf. The millimetric work initially imposed on the course geography is - of course - still intact too.
Appearance  8/10
I can\'t claim to be a fan of the colours. The course comes across as extremely bright and vivid: almost cartoon like. But there are adequate compensations elsewhere, including well-constructed course buildings and authentic tree planting brought into HD with skill.
Playability  5/10
I\'ve always been frustrated by route-one golf and being throttled back at Merion, and there is little compensation by way of a breather hole or two, especially in this Tournament incarnation. The watchword at Merion is \'careful\', and while consistently careful golf might be admirable, it doesn\'t always make for fun golf.
Challenge  5/10
Merion was never an easy course, and there\'s no doubt that this represents an international standard of test. The fairways are extraordinarily tight for a real course, and the rough has been subtly toughened up (thankfully not to Deep Rough levels). I have to be critical of the pin positioning though, as far too many seem to be unrealistically mid-slope.
Technical  9/10
In terms of raw ability, there isn\'t much to fault here, beyond the extra work that needs to go into the greens. Merion has never felt like an accommodating course, and to make it so appealing in Links is a stiff task, well-achieved.
Overall One of the US Open rotation that really lives up to its billing. 35/50
Please remember that Clipnote reviews are the opinion of one person and do not constitute an 'Official' Links Corner review of the course.

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