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Chambers Bay 2021
by Sage Vanni, 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 - 2700
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2022-01-04  137,149,006  bytes 72  7164 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  LINKS  Chambers Bay 2021 v2.00.crz 
Course ID Course Key
46427c7675524b669e624223783751dd  65da230093b19eeec2e2719717d409c7 


Sage kindly gave me (Adelade) permission to update this course and also his blessing for me to do whatever I wanted with it. I liked most things about the original version, so I never wanted to change too much and have kept things as faithful to it as I could, while still achieving my goals. The reason I wanted to update this course was because some of the original greens were not enjoyable on the "challenging" green speeds, so I have completely reworked all green slopes to be closer to the real greens, and also replanted full pins. As a secondary reason, I knew there were many additional tee areas on the course, and with the previous version only utilizing 4 of the tees, I figured I might want to add the final set somewhere - those new ones are now the Ladies tees and measure 7512 yards in total (348 yards longer than the Back tees). A full list of changes can be found within the Readme.

Chambers Bay is a real linksland course in Washington state at the coast of Puget Bay, which is an extension of the Pacific Ocean. It is a very spectacular layout designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. with extremely dramatic dunes and elevations along with gigantic bunker complexes. Fairways are often very large but undulating, a trait shared by most greens as well. It was famously used for the 2015 US Open where most people hated it because of the green surfaces being too young and in very poor condition, making putting a bumpy lottery. The bad reputation earned from then doesn't take away that it is one of the most spectacular layouts you could find around the world, and I think it plays amazingly in Links as long as you don't use too easy settings or conditions. Being a linksland course, it was designed with firm greens and strong wind in mind.

A couple things to note before playing:
-The 2D grasses play more consistent/predictable now than previously, they dampen the ball slightly (but not that much), so it is wise to be careful and consider laying up safe if you end up in the rough (just as one often would, in real-life linksland rough). Either way, you're usually kind of unlikely to hit the grasses on the way up since they are so thin.
-The Back, Mid, Fwd and Jun tees are how the course plays in real life on regular days for normal members, the Ladies tees play slightly longer than the Back ones, and simulate better how the course would be played if a tournament was staged for pro players with similar club distances to the standard ones in Links. The course still doesn't play very difficult from the Ladies tees, so they are highly recommended as standard ones - even in tough conditions - unless enjoying casual golf in Links.
-No pins are placed on a steeper slope than around 3.5%, so I recommend mostly using F/Mc or F/Fc (and playing without the grid).
-The panorama will look best with bright, partly cloudy skies.

I am not surprised that I ended up liking the course once I finally got to play a round on it, but I was surprised to find out that this has quickly become actually one of my very favourite courses for Links. The many raised tees, dramatic dunes and undulating greens make it an absolute joy to play, very unique course with so many stunning holes. I am so very grateful to Sage Vanni and Sean Landry for having created this one, especially considering how it clearly was one of the most difficult courses to make. Lots of extremely massive and complex bunkers, heavy reliance on panorama, heavy reliance on elevations becoming accurate, vast amount of different tee areas, and Sage even did a good job capturing the dune grasses with planting.

See the Readme for a little more project backstory and a full list of my edits, among other things.

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