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Royal St. George's 2021 Open
by John Brooks, 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 - 2670
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2021-07-26  34,964,104  bytes 70  7186 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  LINKS  Royal St. George's 2021 Open v1.00.crz 
Course ID Course Key
b44072cf97f045ea86f69811f3383c50  659c15cdf2f5fcaf9a04837f79937bdb 


I (Adelade) had originally not intended to do any work on this course, but a week before The Open someone brought up that John Brooks 2021 Beta version was still not made final, and John Brooks had not visited Links Corner for a little over a month. It got me reconsidering perhaps making a very small and simple edit, which actually turned into a decently moderate update in the end. John Brooks made this course and I simply edited it, it is mostly his course and I very much thank him for making it available to us all, and also for him allowing updates!

My goal with this update was not a perfected course or anything, just a quick little project to fix the things I personally considered most crucial. More specifically - I wanted to make the greens and pins playable on challenging settings, remove the sharp edges that were in play, improve/change some of the textures slightly, and change the panorama. I ended up doing more than that (most significantly, a lot of work on getting the greens accurate), a full list of changes can be found within the Readme.

The course is a classic Open venue with classic linksland golf located on the coast in south-east of England. Despite having the 4th most hosted Open Championships through the ages (3rd most if only counting venues being used since 1925, and only one time away from a tie with Muirfield for 2nd), it is actually one of the less popular Open courses among pro players - at least those that arent particular fans of links-style golf. The common criticism is that it is not as fair to play as other Open courses, with bumpy and sometimes dome-shaped fairways diverting balls into the rough here and there, plus a few blind shots to deal with. However, the course played much more fair in 2021, with certain subtle alterations to the course, and somewhat softer fairways (at least for being links golf). If you embrace the charms of linksland golf, the quirkiness of the layout can be seen as a major positive thing instead, and there are many holes with a lot of character. Personally I really enjoyed
watching the 2021 Open, the layout actually feels a lot more interesting to me than many other Open venues, and through working so closely with the green elevations, I've grown to really love the wonderful green areas. If you want to experience the course the realistic way, do play it with Windy at least on occasion, and firm settings are also realistic for linksland golf unless it is raining perhaps. Greens and pins are made to be enjoyable with realistic Open green speeds, I recommend F/Mc (or faster, since run-off areas - which are a huge part of linksland golf - play quite sluggish in Links).

See Readme for more info, including pins for the real 2011 and 2021 Opens.

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