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Firestone Country Club-South Course
by Microsoft

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 385
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2001-01-17  2,481,987  bytes 70  7097 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
Course ID Course Key
c5a9a8b7d3084b52b13aab4ce2f1600f  b394414f3d2472b7477a01719f974e25 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, parkland course.
Concept  4/10
The things that strike you most about Firestone are the eclectic and exciting planting, and some really tough and ramped-up greens. They swallow some otherwise very straight and ordinary holes and transform what might have been dull into a course with a modicum of interest. But it's a typical American tournament course, reliant on the long and straight, without many fripperies, and suffers as a consequence.
Appearance  5/10
For an old, tired VGA Tour course, this isn't too bad. Yes, it's reliant on stock textures and seams are terrible. Yes, there's a lack of clear views and the mesh work is dire, especially around bunkers. But the use of colours and inventiveness in the planting is ahead of anything from its time, and for that alone the course holds up.
Playability  7/10
Given the lack of variety in the hole designs, this is a decent round of golf, providing you can adjust to the American-tournament-golfer mentality. One fairly major annoyance is the prevalence of hard, wide paths; while they don't always adversely affect your score, it is irritating to watch them bounce stray shots all over the course. That one thing aside, this course passes the time relatively well for one of its age.
Challenge  9/10
Firestone is one that has been pitched well. Certainly, the greens are tough, and may be fractionally beyond the pale for Mod players. But there's nothing in the way of deep rough, and approach shots will require forethought and precision. The Par 4s might not give up many strokes: save your game for the long 'uns.
Technical  5/10
By the standards of its time, this is a cut above. Only slightly above, mind you: there's some poor surface work and a lack of low-level planting. But the customisation looks great, and you can tell the designers have pushed the boat out (somewhat!) to model features that might otherwise have been overlooked.
Overall A course with some appeal, despite the sinking reputation of older MS tracks. Requires a little more flair than on first appearance, and will present a tough challenge to the best putters. 30/50
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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