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Latrobe Country Club
by Microsoft

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 397
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2001-01-25  5,534,356  bytes 72  6281 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
Course ID Course Key
7b95fdbb5ac14d688ae461913cdb64bd  71b2a5add731a35fa45c96964703d920 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, parkland course
Concept  5/10
Latrobe really know how to cram holes into a small space! This is an incredibly compact little course, which benefits because of the intimate atmosphere and the sense of location which derives from being able to see the holes you've just played. It's allegedly Australian, although you wouldn't know that from the standard-fare hole design and the expansive greenery.
Appearance  4/10
With the exception of the novelty value of looking back up the fairway you've just played, there's little eye candy here. Nothing to take your breath away. Nothing to make you admire the delicate reconstruction. Just a bunch of bizarrely random planting and some unconvincing bunkers. Not for me, I'm afraid.
Playability  5/10
Latrobe is pleasing enough to play round. You won't feel intimidated or threatened at any point, and a couple of tee shots will demand some good shaping, but generally the player is not made to feel he's working particularly hard for his par. A no-brainer, perfectly suited for the Aussies.
Challenge  4/10
Like a lot of its era, this is over-easy. The elevation changes are pretty but don't add a lot of difficulty. The bunkers are an insult, and the greens do not provide anything like enough challenge. You'll be hungry for Eagles on the Par 5s, and most likely will score one or two as well.
Technical  3/10
This is pretty ludicrous for a Microsoft course. The planting is dire - random and seemingly inconsequential. Shapes are hard-edged and textures are stretched and unconvincing. The bunkers and water features look plugged-in and nothing like natural. An insult to the paying public.
Overall There's no particular reason to play this course. Let it occupy a few minutes of your time if you're feeling brainless, but don't feel that you must 21/50
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