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Hapuna Golf Course
by Microsoft

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 386
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2001-01-17  31,746,133  bytes 72  6734 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
Course ID Course Key
a6a6bd536747460c97a1ffced974bd91  fea81e64e0795f89c087251e69fc8510 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, canyon course
Concept  8/10
This is certainly different. You start off playing through rocks and desert grasses, and slowly work your way down to the oceans and palm trees. It could only be Hawaii, of course. The course is short but cleverly designed, and despite being short on hazards, will make you work for your par.
Appearance  8/10
Some clever ground-level planting makes this look very nice indeed. The desert rocks are OK, but repetitive and crying out for some rock planting or alternative textures to break up the monotony. The panorama is very effective and seeing the ocean comes as a real surprise; you just don't get enough of them on most golf courses. Most importantly, this is certainly a different and original set of views and is really worthwhile for those who are sick of green courses.
Playability  8/10
It's hard not to enjoy a round at Hapuna. The course presents a variety of challenges and hole styles, and uses everything from the impinging rock hazards, to water, to steep elevations, in order to present a challenge. Most holes have subtle alternative routes of play which makes the course even more enjoyable the second time around.
Challenge  7/10
A round at Hapuna is a mite too easy, thanks largely in part to some very flat greens. Several holes are slightly too short for their par, but redeem themselves with clever elevation use. The Par 3s are the toughest, each being noticeably distinct and individual. If some more testing cross-slopes and pin positions were used here, then we could be looking at a near-perfect course in terms of difficulty.
Technical  7/10
The biggest letdown is the rock textures, which are clearly repetitive and stretched. Some textures boundaries are harsh too, and a couple of shapes have hard edges. But the planting and custom objects are very good (as we should expect from Microsoft), and if more attention were paid to the desert areas this could be a real stand-out.
Overall A stand-out among real courses in terms of unusual visual appeal and playability. Certainly a course to consider if you're in the mood for something different. 38/50
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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