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by John Brooks

Links Corner Course Database ID Number - 2101
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2012-10-28  32,142  bytes 72  7370 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
FICTIONAL  WOODLAND  Claymore 1.crz 
Course ID Course Key
efe1414fab914000b255f70216c8f5db  565dbed2296d409f3f59d96c8793e68c 


Claymore is very loosely based upon "Auburn Links at Mill Creek" (2001) by Josh Lane - a very nice layout but limited by being pre Links2003 - so here's an update, with some tricky greens and hazards cunningly placed - "grip it and rip it" won't work round here!

Good Luck!
John Brooks

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Imaginary, woodland course
Scotland, presumably.
S*/S*, and even that will be too much for some.
Concept  2/10
A nominal updating of a previously undistinguished course, Claymore hasn't really done much to push the layout into 'distinguished' territory. Notably featureless, using trees largely as a bordering exercise, the course features indiscriminate and cynical hazarding and just feels hugely artificial. With very few courtesies towards the player, it's not one I can say I'd welcome with any sort of affection.
Appearance  3/10
I quite like the mixture of autumn and summer planting, and the treeline is definitely a plus. Elsewhere, it's pretty barren stuff, with drab textures, ill-conceived elevations and hastily-formed hazards.
Playability  3/10
It's difficult to take Claymore seriously as a course, because it's so obvious that the design has started out with a hole shape and contrived hazards to fit. Several technical issues, such as weak bunker moulding and poor pin-positioning impact on play, and there's almost no atmosphere or authenticity to the course. I won't be going back.
Challenge  4/10
Some outrageously bad greening and pin-positioning makes some putts almost unplayable, and that will be enough to convince many that the course isn't even worth downloading in the first place. Certainly the second half descends into drudgery - not through any sort of natural challenge, but purely at the whims of the designer(s).
Technical  3/10
It's difficult to believe this has received a 2012 update when it seems still so firmly rooted in the original days of APCD design. Poor pins that are both mid-slope and too close to the edge of the green are a main flaw, but the big picture is that the course design doesn't count for all that much either.
Overall A weak choice for a course update and a poor effort in presenting it convincingly. 15/50
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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