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Valhalla Golf Club
by Microsoft

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 354
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2001-01-18  7,722,058  bytes 72  7058 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
Course ID Course Key
da483cb3afc042c2b3047f751bf78374  bc91efef26003b60f84c2d851b75fbb2 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, parkland course.
Concept  5/10
Microsoft have succeeded in taking another well-loved course and making it pretty nondescript. Thankfully, some of the excellent Jack Nicklaus hole structures save it from complete mediocrity. But the Par 5s lack originality and challenge, and the course is held up by some impressive Par 3 designs. But it looks distinctly under-worked, and you get the feeling that far more should have been done with it.
Appearance  4/10
The planting, especially at ground level, is poor, pixelated and obstructive, and the textures have never looked so inappropriate. The panorama isn't exactly fine art. Around the water features, in particular, there are some good, realistic views available, but when you're out of the forested areas it becomes clear how much more work could have been put into this course.
Playability  6/10
The clever Jack Nicklaus designs offer a fair amount of risk/reward, and even the simplest looking Par 4s require you to think your route out carefully. Despite this, the course inexplicably comes across as unstimulating and a round seems to take forever. It goes to show how poor appearance can pervade an otherwise good golf course.
Challenge  4/10
With some easily-reachable Par 5s, this course will hand you opportunities to break par on a plate. The greens are gentle and approach shots are rarely threatened by hazards. It's generally easy to escape trouble: this would never pass muster as a links course. 65 is a realistic score, which means the whole thing is a mite too easy.
Technical  4/10
The grass planting is in urgent needs of repair, and old complaints such as the bunkers and texture transitions re-surface. The deep rough texture, underplanted, looks comically out of place. It wouldn't have been difficult to insert a more convincing panorama, either.
Overall A good demonstration of how to wreck an interesting and challenging course. Worth having for some impressive hole design, but you might as well play it with your eyes shut. 23/50
Please remember that Clipnote reviews are the opinion of one person and do not constitute an 'Official' Links Corner review of the course.

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