|Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 887
LINKS CORNER REVIEW
|Reviewed by Joe Turner `Loner' May 2002
Part of the included readme:
This club features two outstanding eighteen hole courses. The Stadium Course is a target design that features water coming into play on almost every hole. This course was considered the debut of stadium golf, with plenty of pot bunkers and moguls to make even professionals squeal. The signature hole is #17, a 137-yard, par 3, which is one of the most well-known island greens in golf.
Originally intended to be bordered by water on the right side only, the hole evolved into the famous island green due to needs elsewhere on the course. As architect Pete Dye was building the course on swampland, a good pocket of sand -- a rare commodity -- was discovered in the area around 17.
"Golf Digest" rated this course as the 2nd "Best Public Course" in the state for the years 1995-98. "GOLF Magazine" chose this course 7th in the category of "Top 100 Courses You Can Play in the U.S." for 1998. The same publication selected it 48th among the "Top 100 Courses in the U.S." for 1995, and 39th in 1997 and 33rd for 1999. "GOLFWEEK" chose the Stadium Course 19th under the category of "America's 100 Best Modern Courses" for 1997, 14th for 1998 and 15th for 1999. Pete Dye redesigned the Stadium Course in 1983. The Valley Course is a bit milder than its sister course, but it has more undulation in the fairways than the Stadium Course. Because this facility is situated only one mile from the ocean, the wind can become a major factor. This club annually hosts the PGA Tour's Players Championship. The U.S. Amateur was held at both of these courses in 1994. "GOLF Magazine" even selected it to their 1998 list of "Top 10 PGA Courses You Can Play."
From the time you stand at the first tee with Tiger and his caddie on your right to the eighteenth green with the fantastic clubhouse in the background you know that you have just played one of the most well crafted courses that you have ever seen, and you wonder if you have time to get another round in instead of shutting down. The tees boxes and the fairway both with mow patterns, a generous first cut, richly colored rough and a beautiful green with blended fringe are only a part of this perfect course. The majestic palms mixed with the stately pines all standing in a pine needle bed with an undergrowth of different sized bushes decorate this course with its finely made bunkers and water hazards with their wood sides realistically representing the actual course. Just in case you were wondering, the sound that you hear at the third hole is coming from the driving range nearby; all the small details are included.
Typical of this course the elevations and the caddie are perfect and they have to be because of the many bunkers and water hazards strategically placed on the fairways and greens. The fairways are ample in size and it is a joy to drive that extra yard and not worry about overly narrow landings. The greens are medium and have that gentle break that only a craftsman can give to them, the putting is not that difficult. Careful layout of your drives and working with the fine hole previews will help you score well on this course. There are few courses that are as well known as Sawgrass. When you mention Sawgrass and the # 17 hole to a golfer he immediately sees it in his minds eye, it is a classic and the recreation of that hole is nothing short of amazing here. The realism of this course is uncanny and it is all for the taking. You as I have will be playing it over and over, download it I can't praise it enough.
I am a player not a designer and therefore rate a course as a player for other players.
Included: readme, cameo, splash, hole previews, signs and numbers, custom flag, custom tees, ball washers, crowds, recorded round, tournament objects and other objects.
Not Included: everything is included.
Statistical Information: par 72, 7087y, 5 sets of tees, 4-3 pars, 10-4 pars, 4-5 pars.
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