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Newbury & Crookham
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 - 2104
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2012-11-12  22,508  bytes 69  5961 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  PARKLAND  nc1.crz 
Course ID Course Key
04df2efef4c345118ff2946d26d94a8f  3f68cafdb74b6f055418d5bba06196c4 

This Course lies on the Berkshire Downs overlooking Newbury Racecourse and was originally opened in 1873. Although relatively short by modern standards, there are a number of challenging "risk and reward" holes and the Course is great to play for both Visitors and Members.

Happy golfing,

John Brooks

CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, forest course
Quality control on the greens is mixed, and I'd stick with M*/S*
Concept  7/10
A typically cosy and clean course from John Brooks, Newbury is one of England's oldest courses, and the age is evident in the way the holes chart their course over and around the hillside, with few of the modern gimmicks. It works extremely well, and the difficulty gradient has dated very nicely, substituting good fairway shape and trees for out-and-out hazarding. Several raised greens dissipate the need for too many bunkers.
Appearance  5/10
Almost an example of John's stock in trade, the course has a few good aspects (clean textures, no obvious mesh flaws) combined with a few old problems: the panorama being a fraction too low and some low-res planting. The treeline has been very well managed to look both authentic and reasonably clone free, but the course needs something special to lift it above the merely average.
Playability  7/10
Like all John's courses, there is an inestimable sense of locale and intimacy that you just don't get from the fictional creations. A few extras - location-specific sound planting, a good Readme and hole previews, and perhaps even a recognisable landmark or two - would be a perfect finishing touch, but even without them, it's definitely possible to picture the real thing.
Challenge  8/10
A pleasantly stiff test, this one, especially given the shortage of Par 5 holes. The front nine, in particular, use the hillside excellently and rare will be the opportunity to set up a genuine putt for birdie. There are a few more target-driven holes on the inward half, and it's not inconceivable that a shot or two will be picked up, but forget about trying to walk all over this course.
Technical  5/10
A routine but standard technique has allowed John to turn out a succession of enjoyable courses. However, there are continually problems with pin numbers and positioning, and it certainly feels as if the greens receive less attention than the landscaping as a whole.
Overall A course where it's possible to appreciate and enjoy the original challenge. With some shine on the Links port, it could be superb. 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.

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