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Kapalua Bay
by Microsoft

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 389
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2001-01-17  9,313,104  bytes 72  6594 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
Course ID Course Key
88f69413e17a4a8195b98f4d3fc0c328  2b30c3394bcb9524e717ed0485eded1b 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, ocean course
Concept  6/10
It's nice having the collection of Kapalua courses to play together, but they're all markedly different. The bay course is marked by plenty of blind tee shots, plenty of challenges and some spectacular landscapes. The really outstanding holes are those that provide a spectacular test, but there are no real weak links in the course itself.
Appearance  5/10
Despite being an early design, this has an edge over many of its peers. While the cloned planting is terrible, and texture boundaries look distinctly old-hat, the landscape has been crafted well and realistically, and the panorama is pretty good too. It's not eye candy in the tradition of our best amateur designers, but rarely is it ugly either.
Playability  7/10
This is a very playable course. Easy enough not to put you off early, and with most holes offering two or more routes to the green, most players will cruise round, probably more than once. Refreshingly gimmick-free, too, relying on the terrain and carefully-placed bunkers to do the work.
Challenge  6/10
Kapalua Bay, unlike the Plantation, isn't the sternest test of a golfer. Only the ocean-side holes will prove really expensive, the unassuming greens being tough enough to prevent birdies, but reasonable enough to allow pars. Most golfers should expect to shoot in the high sixties.
Technical  5/10
Even though this course is adequate, appearance-wise, the construction still looks old hat. Cloned planting crops up on many an occasion, which is shameful. The textures are poor and contrast starkly, and many of the shapes show jagged or hard edges. But the elevations and panorama look good and although this is far from the best we've seen form Microsoft, it's a damn long way from the worst, either.
Overall A reasonable re-creation. Hard around the edges, but fun to play and works sufficiently as part of the set. 29/50
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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