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Gentle Hills 2
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 - 2076
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2012-05-16  44,941,312  bytes 74  7728 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
Course ID Course Key
8f18c37823cf43c0a8b3e1a0ad0754b6  a5c809614a5cf57de74a78825db4b605 

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Fictional, woodland course
The designer isnít inclined to provide Readme files; Iíd guess the landscape at Virginia, based on previous designs.
It's ill-advised to go past S*/S*
Concept  4/10
The title being apparently an excuse for plenty of elevated tees, this is somewhat nondescript, despite drawing inspiration from a fair few classic holes. The uncomfortable mixture of tournament-grade and homespun golf holes doesn't sit easily on this unusual Par 74, and it's hard to fathom the designer's intentions at times: wildly disparate hole lengths, green difficulties and tee positions make for uncomfortable bed-fellows.
Appearance  4/10
Despite an overhaul, there are plenty of stretched, blurry textures here, along with some obviously delineated planting and stretched shapes. The water hazards deserve more attention, too. Having said that, the whole thing works well against the panorama, and there's a nice line in bunkers with effective grassy lips.
Playability  3/10
Golf that is stimulating for golf's sake is often a difficult thing to create, and there is more than a little of the routine and obvious around Gentle Hills. Certainly, the 'hills' aspect doesn't make itself felt as often as it could, and the hazarding doesn't present much by the way of thought. Although there are pretensions to creative golf, playing each hole carefully in the manner prescribed by the hole preview inevitably leads to success. Yawn.
Challenge  4/10
A Mod-friendly remake should surely have toned down the greens, and the landing areas generally are absurdly generous, especially with the woods never being more than a tangential threat. At least one hole is an obvious eagle target, and you can expect birdies even on the low handicap numbers.
Technical  4/10
The obvious peculiarities aren't enough to give this course a name, and there are some real clunkers such as apparently unfinished bunkers, massive and unnecessary aiming markers, and in one case a tree blocking the tee shot. John's updates must have made significant improvements; I'm only glad I never played the original, in that case.
Overall A largely unsuccessful attempt at stimulating risk-reward golf. 19/50
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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