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St Andrews The Old Course HD
by Stewart Parker

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 - 2116
Release Date CRZ Filesize Par Course Length
2012-12-25  132,841,472  bytes 72  7335 yards
Type Style CRZ Filename
REAL  LINKS  St Andrews The Old Course HD.crz 
Course ID Course Key
0072f23c18b14aa0819d301ad8ffcef4  7f699e84fddc66d37ec6f2f157e26a20 


CLIPNOTES by Ben Bateson (ousgg)

Real, links course
To be honest, some pins don't merit faster than M*/S*. Windy conditions are advisable, though.
Concept  10/10
There's little point in trying to knock St Andrews in terms of concept and design - it is pretty much the oldest and best-established course in the entire collection. Quite simply, it's a design that has spanned ages and still holds firm as the veritable home of golf. Stewart's re-planted and re-textured design looks immensely superior to the original, aided by the full package of extras - from a comprehensive Readme to authentic hole previews and even a few familiar faces in the crowds!
Appearance  9/10
As with many of Stewart's links courses, the rough has taken on a genuinely threatening air with its new-found density, and the tartingup of the course surrounds with good, detailed textures and 3D - even if it is a little routine - has undeniably added atmosphere. The wilderness aspect of the Old Course has very much been enhanced over the clean-cut appearance of the MS version, and the bunkers and streams are - thankfully - unrecognisable from the original. The attention to detail is superb.
Playability  10/10
Classic courses need very little incentive to get you out and playing them, and St Andrews is certainly no different. Trying to hit the famous Road Hole (or the bunker, if you're masochistically inclined) alone could happily engage a golfer for half an hour. With nigh-on 150 years of history behind the Old Course, it's surprising to find how much authenticity you can find carried over onto a computer rendition.
Challenge  7/10
It has to be admitted that, if you can hit the generously-sized fairways, then the Old Course has lost some of its bite over the years. The major obstacles of mountainous greens and dense gorse are still rather frightening, but they are mitigated to no small extent by short hole length and some potential eagle chances. Good, gusty conditions are the key to keeping it real.
Technical  9/10
It's unlikely that Microsoft's original will retain many fans with this comprehensive overhaul. However, a couple of nitpicks remain, not least in the pin-planting: a couple would never pass muster in real life and may well upset those who want an unnaturally slippery St Andrews.
Overall Finally, justice has been done to the Old Course. I can't think why anyone would not want to own this. 45/50
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
Ace78 %71
Eagle16 %15
Birdie3 %3
Par1 %1
Bogey or worse1 %1

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