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Kauri Cliffs HD Final
by Lindsay Addie, Pat Auge, 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 - 2685
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2021-12-01  167,574,701  bytes 72  7109 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  OCEAN  Kauri Cliffs HD Final v1.00.crz 
Course ID Course Key
cea125632e25451d9ad42ec388d06968  ebfc3eee563efcd0696e499a8f01c32f 


Thank you Daniel for making this release possible!

This course file has quite a history and I (Adelade) go over that in more detail in the ReadMe, but for now let me just say that Lindsay Addie gave me permission to complete and release this course, which was made - though not completed - long ago by him and Pay Auge. My goal was to complete the last known version by them into a polished enough final version, which mainly meant seam blending all of it, but also cleaning up various texture, mapping and mesh aspects that were still in experimental or beta stages, along with adding certain features such as hole previews, crowds, sounds and pins that are fair on all green settings. A bunch of other minor edits and fixes were made as well, but even though Lindsay Addie said I could edit it however I wished, I definitely wanted to keep it as true to the surmised original intent of the original designers as I could. A full list of changes by me can be viewed in the ReadMe.

Kauri Cliffs is a real ocean course on the coast near the northern tip of the northern island of New Zealand. I expect all Linksters are quite familiar with it, and it plays pretty much the exact same as the Microsoft version, with mostly generous fairways and greens. The setting is perhaps the most amazing one for any real course made for Links, atop and among the tall ocean cliffs with all their splendid views, where the grandiose elevations make for the main gameplay challenge. The sometimes-canyon-like deep grass areas and a couple holes with highly threatening Out-Of-Bounds lines also challenge to make the round spicy. Needless to say, the wind will rarely be less than moderate or strong at the real-life location, so that is part of the true experience as well, but otherwise the course should respond well to a wide range of settings depending on taste - although I recommend realistic green speeds from at least Sc/Sc, F/F, M/Mc and faster.

A couple things to note before playing:
-There are no drop hazards on this course (except for the stream itself, which should not come into play anywhere), however, some holes have prominent areas of Out of Bounds (much like the Microsoft version), and a couple areas on holes 6, 15 and 16 were given Out of Bounds a little closer to the play area purely in order to protect the player from problematic lies among bushes with common hard bounces. Grasses and bushes in all deep grass areas apart from the OB areas seem to all play fair without hard bounces.
-Even if this is a 2021 release, the course plays like it did in real life in 2010. One of the par 3 holes has been somewhat modified since then in real life, but otherwise I don't think there are any significant changes. I personally will never have any desire to change that part.
-Don't pay too much attention to the instructive text on the hole previews, they seem to have been written (not by me) for handicap golfers and shorter tees than the Backs. Aside from the text, the hole previews are fully reliable, including shown distances.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to and supported this project into being finalized in the end after all these years. I hope everyone will enjoy this great course by Lindsay Addie and Pat Auge.

Please see the ReadMe for the complete rich story of this course file (as far as I know it, anyway), a full list of my edits, a statement about sharing of APCD resources, full Acknowledgements and contact info.

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