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Lyme Regis Golf Club
by John Brooks

Note: This course contains 1024x1024 textures and can only be played in version 1.07 or later of Links 2003

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 1931
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2010-01-04  38,670,030  bytes 71  6255 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  UNCLASSIFIED  lr1_locked.crz 
Course ID Course Key

Lyme Regis Golf Club was founded in 1893, and is a beautiful course set on a clifftop plateau on Dorset's Jurassic Coast (a World Heritage site) with panoramic views along Lyme Bay to Portland Bill where the Olympic yachting events will be held in 2012. Although not long, the prevailing wind off the sea makes this a tough test, so the game needs to be played taking this into account.

This design has been done following a game of golf in September. About 200 digital photographs were taken from from strategic positions on each hole during the round (without slowing the game down!), and satellite imagery was used to give correct positioning of hole layouts.

Final version updated for (a) pano (courtesy and with thanks to Daniel Watson) (b) easier tree pass-throughs, (c) incorrect tee direction at 16th hole yellow tee, and (d) tougher rough along cliff top to stop balls disappearing too easily!


John Brooks

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, links course
Concept  6/10
Lyme Regis is an unusual links course, trimming its rough immaculately and using its hilltop locality and rolling grasslands to provide the majority of the challenge. Several par 5s make excellent use of this, particularly the awesome 15th, and the links rough is hardly missed at all. It does all feel a bit 'transplanted', though - as if this were a golf course lifted wholesale from somewhere else.
Appearance  6/10
While the tree-planting does seem a bit determinedly random, the slopes of the courses are convincing enough, as are the chalky cliffs, at least from a distance. The marker poles are undoubtedly useful, but they are here in proliferation and don't exactly make the place look nice. At various points, the panorama looks disappointingly low-resolution as well.
Playability  8/10
This is good, good links golf. Even the straight holes have just enough going on to keep you engaged, and the Par 5s are excellent risk/reward 2-shotters. Sadly, as has been the case with this designer's other courses, there is a mite too much slope on the greens to really make this a going proposition on the tougher settings, but play with the wind turned up and the greens slowed down and you'll have a blast.
Challenge  6/10
I really think the rough needs toughening up a fair bit here. It's just too easy to make a swift escape from a position that - on any other course - would be a real problem. Even mis-hits may not go totally unpunished, thanks to a relatively small plot and the ease of hitting neighbouring fairways and tee boxes. On a reasonably lengthy course, there could be so much more to challenge you, and so much more to play for.
Technical  6/10
John's courses are starting to feel a bit 'production line' in the manner of some other prolific real-course APCDers. While I have enjoyed pretty much all his creations, there is a nagging feeling that they are starting to lack finish and some personal, memorable touches. It's sound work, but doesn't seem able to quite stick its head above the crowd.
Overall A tasteful grassland links, and a real illustration of how well a sloping layout can be used, but lacking the finesse of the best course conversions. 32/50
Please remember that Clipnote reviews are the opinion of one person and do not constitute an 'Official' Links Corner review of the course.


 Votes cast
Ace6 %1
Eagle39 %7
Birdie39 %7
Par17 %3
Bogey or worse0 %0

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