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Not only did the designer build this course perfectly for its escalated firmness, he also captured the essence of a European links course. It featured a lovely seaside theme, with beautifully rendered seawalls, and barriers to prevent golfers that may have had one too many from tumbling into the drink. It had large, undulating and tiered greens, and good fairways that required good wind calculations to manage. It also had several deep bunkers that you would expect to find on a links course. Putting was difficult, as it was difficult to hug the ball up to the pin, but not brutal.
Opposite from what I've been complaining about in several previous reviews regarding firmness, the greens were oriented longish lengthwise, with a rear pin placement to allow for bounce and roll-up. And on smaller greens, the fronts were free of impediments so you could land it short of the green and do the old bounce and trickle. That was made more difficult by the slopes and contours of the fairways and greens themselves, so you sometimes had to look for a counter intuitive landing area if you wanted to get it close.
I would have cared for a little more use of elevation, and would love to have seen more time planting the long dune grass in the rough to really knock this one out of the park, but there were lots of mounds and moguls, and was a great representation of a real life links course.