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Le Golf National 2022 RC
by Sage Vanni, 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 - 2742
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2022-09-28  105,789,220  bytes 71  7331 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  PARKLAND  Le Golf National 2022 RC v1.00.crz 
Course ID Course Key
4531150fe8614539bc060875c871eb99  c0b03b973ad03a70aeeacff42f3b86f8 


This course file was made from the ground up by Sage in terms of mesh and seam blending, and then - with his permission - completed in most other aspects by me (Adelade). While Max Deschamp's versions of this course (from 2003 and 2004) serve as a strong inspiration for my personal involvement in this course, this new version does not have anything directly to do with those older ones. I still want to deeply thank Max Deschamp's versions from back then, because they introduced me to this wonderful course, and without them, this new version might never have been completed.

My goal with this project was to finish what Sage had started into an enjoyable-enough final product that was true enough to how the course played in the 2018 Ryder Cup. This mainly means that it is a somewhat tough setup, but I at least decided not to make the rough play anywhere near as monstrously thick as it did for the Ryder Cup guys. From the shorter tees, I believe the course should be enjoyable enough for casual play as well, although you might also want to stick to the Easy pins for that.

Le Golf National is a real parkland course in France, Guyancourt, almost right between the south-west outskirts of Paris and the farmland countryside. Alongside Valderrama, it just might be the most famous and prolific course in all of mainland Europe, having hosted Open de France 28 times since 1991 (including the one that is happening now in 2022 September 22-25), having hosted the Ryder Cup in 2018, and scheduled to be the host for golf in the 2024 Summer Olympics.

The course plays pretty tough, with fairly narrow fairways for the most part, and instead with a large buffer of playable rough on the sides, and only trees in a select few places. The greens are decently large and gentle, but the thrilling drama comes in large part from all the water that is highly in play on many of the holes. Players certainly need to be strategical and accurate to be successful on this course. As the American Ryder Cup Team experienced to their disadvantage - being a long hitter doesnt tend to be the same advantage here that it may be on most other courses.

For a first round, I recommend to consider playing the course from the Ladies tees (7188 yards total) instead of the Back tees (7331 yards total), because I think they might make the course more enjoyable for most people. If you're not a fan of tough courses to begin with, probably even the Middle tees (7060 yards total). I shouldn't overhype the difficulty of the course however, there certainly are many tougher real courses around.

Please see the ReadMe for more info, including how the project came to be, more pieces of info about the course, acknowledgements, a statement about sharing of APCD resources, and contact info.

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