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Royal Lytham and St Annes 2020
by Bill Bunning, Sean Landry, Adelade

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 - 2569
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2020-06-28  64,219,162  bytes 70  7094 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  LINKS  Royal Lytham & St Annes 2020 v4.01.crz 
Course ID Course Key
8f23e885d2a34e788eb23998a21b1e40  98c1d6e2ef4049912415c30b7bcbcf30 


Updated to version 4.01 (from 4.00) on 2020-06-28 with a hotfix for previously malfunctioning flag graphics.


Sean Landry kindly gave me permission to update this course from 2012 and agreed with the changes I had in mind. Bill Bunning made the original version so this is the 3rd update and 4th version in total this course is seeing. My goal was mainly to make it more playable on the "challenging" conditions, with added options for more fair pins, and slightly softened greenslopes where otherwise difficult to find a decent variety of realistic pin positions. I also wanted to see if I could change some grass colours a slight bit, seamblend the areas that were missing it, and fix some minor details here and there. As always with other people's courses, I changed as little as possible while still achieving my goals, a full list of changes can be found within the ReadMe. I already loved the 2012 version so I'm extremely happy I had the chance to work on this update, and with the result. Thank you so much Bill Bunning and Sean Landry for the work on this amazing course before me!

This is a tough tournament course in the rotation for The Open Championship, with narrow fairways, pressing heavy (but escapable) rough and over 200 bunkers - most being deep pot bunkers that definitely demand respect. Even with just a breeze this is an excellently challenging course. It includes custom grandstands and other custom details to imitate the atmosphere of the 2012 Open Championship, as they were made by Sean Landry aka 72animal and in the case of 3D Hole Signs superduran aka alarduran for the 2012 version. If there is enough expressed interest I will consider making a non-tournament version as well, but I highly recommend at least giving the Open atmosphere that the two of them achieved a chance with small crowds, I personally think it's great.
Pins #0-3 are based on locations for the 2012 Open, #0 for day 1, #1 for day 2, #2 for day 3 and #3 for day 4. Many of them may not be fully enjoyable on challenging green settings to everyone, but all other pins (#4-17) are easily playable on Fc/Fc.

Please do let me know what you think about any aspects of the course (while keeping in mind that it's a collaboration of multiple designers throughout the years, and that it's a course that exists in real life). All feedback is welcome, especially the constructive type, it's possible I'll consider further updates in the future if something comes up.

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