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Dorado Beach - East Course (LS)
by Microsoft

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 379
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2001-01-17  4,946,672  bytes 72  6889 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
Course ID Course Key
2e2e16ba49b6456194800d29d27957f3  fae549e7d73420db4b32c80cdb7bdeb3 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, tropical course
Concept  5/10
Very much a tropical resort course, Dorado Beach feels man-made and locked amid its palm trees. The resort buildings form a perennial backdrop to remind you where you are. Hole design is very much geared to the tourist - generous fairways and easy greens - but does still hold some promise for the serious golfer. The Links version is an old creation, and not helped by having a largely flat plot. But some of the atmosphere of the original has been retained, even if the looks are getting tired.
Appearance  2/10
Hard edges, lots and lots of clones, lack of significant buildings or plantings, plain panorama. No doubt this was cutting edge in 1998, but no longer, I'm afraid.
Playability  5/10
Oddly, the resort course ambience does your game a few favours, and Dorado is a relaxed and reasonably charming set of eighteen. No, it's not likely you'll be able to remember any individual holes afterwards. But you might go away from the course with an inexplicably favourable impression, which counts for a lot.
Challenge  4/10
Whatever challenge Dorado may once of had (and, in fairness, I doubt it was a lot) has been negated by this almost kindly release. The greens are almost unprecedented in their relative flatness, the fairways easy to spot, and the hazards few and far between. Expect to score low.
Technical  2/10
It seems almost unfair to knock such an old release, but the truth is that against modern competition, Dorado Beach is struggling to hold its head up. If you're going out to spend money, there are plenty of better options.
Overall Old, tired and too easy. Best to steer clear. 18/50
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