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Mauna Kea
by Microsoft

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 402
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2001-01-17  4,812,369  bytes 72  7160 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
Course ID Course Key
fb23476f98ab4010a65e2453f7ae430a  d0b82c29aab9ff6fb9b2cfe5f3abe724 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, tropical course
Concept  6/10
A nice if unremarkable tropical course, Mauna Kea wends its way through palm forests and along clifftops. Most holes offer you a driving challenge, with one or two even forcing you to shape or drive blind, and there is a lot of 'roll' to the fairways. But it's lacking the panache or thrill of many tropical courses and at times you'd be excused for thinking you weren't in Hawaii at all.
Appearance  4/10
This old design is looking distinctly poor. The textures are stretched and don't transition well, and the panorama is pixelated and unclear. The ocean views are just awash with blue: no detail at all. Perhaps I shouldn't be too harsh, given the course's age ad some spectacular views, but it doesn't stand up at all well.
Playability  3/10
With a lack of stand-out holes and something of a prescriptive approach to target golf, this course doesn't stand up and ask to be counted. There is a distinct lack of thrill and you won't need most of your bag as the same shots turn up again and again. Add to this the frustration of the nearly-impossible greens, and you've got one unfulfilling round of golf.
Challenge  8/10
Mostly thanks to the frequent elevation changes and severe greens, Mauna Kea presents a good challenge to all golfers. With clever bunker positioning, a lot of scores will depend on pin positions. But the challenge is the best thing about this course, and you'll be pushed - never unfairly - to break par.
Technical  4/10
The same problems arise as with other course conversions, and the fact remains that these LS conversions are sub-standard. Harsh stock textures and transitions and somewhat unconvincing planting are a complement to the wayward panorama. The elevation work is OK, but this one is only for fans.
Overall An OK course, but not done any favours by the conversion. Play it once if you must, but I doubt it'll be a keeper for many. 25/50
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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