Copper Creek National (Major)

Designer: Craig LeVasseur

Course Description:

This is an Autumn course, and the theme of the course is trying to replicate a venue suitable for hosting a major, such as the PGA Championship. The course I had in my mind while creating it was Hazeltine National, one of my favorite major courses. It is quite tree-lined, so it might also remind you of a course like Oak Hill.

I wanted it to be a classic design, with a good amount of length, and pins that are tucked in difficult locations. I don't want just to punish golfers, though, so it's no monster in length, and the greens are designed to have a very safe and fair landing area in the center. A good approach is that of a major championship, find the fairway off of the tee, play for the middle of the green, and do a good job of lag putting.

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It's important to put this course in perspective. It was released to much acclaim around the v.06 of early access. At the time, in a lot of ways, it was a ground-breaking course. It was one of the first really true "stadium feel" golf courses created in the game. Designer Craig LaVasseur was one of the first to push the envelope of the designer, not accepting much of the autogenerated stuff and really making the course feel like his own style and design. In retrospect, the course is definitely tricked up in spots and requires a lot of less-than-driver tee shots to score well, which can be frustrating in videogame golf. Many of the fairways are a touch too narrow, and not many of the pins can be attacked. If this course were submitted now, it wouldn't receive as high of a rating. But for what the course is, and what it was when it was released, it accomplishes its task of being a brutally tough, yet playable test of golf.

4.25/5.0 and a featured course on our Q-School rotation because it will separate the great players from the good ones. Restraint and thought are needed here, and there's nothing wrong with that once in a while.

Tournaments Hosted

Year Event Tour Winner
No hosted tournaments for this course.

Other Courses by Craig LeVasseur

Course Name Theme Par
Pinehurst #2 2016 Boreal 70
Magnolia National, Georgia (Sunday) Boreal 72
Magnolia National, Georgia (Thursday) Boreal 72
Magnolia National, Georgia (Friday) Boreal 72
Magnolia National, Georgia (2016) Boreal 72
Doak Valley (Tournament Links) Countryside 72
Copper Creek National (Q-School) Autumn 71
Boulder Pointe Final Edition Alpine 72
Boulder Pointe Golf Club 2015 Alpine 72
Pinehurst #2 (Blue Tees) Boreal 70
Wildfire Ridge Golf Club Desert 72
Chambers Bay, WA (Sunday) Links 70
Merion East - Ardmore, PA (Sat) Boreal 70
Doak Valley (CC Champ D) Countryside 72
Leelanau Bluffs Golf Club Delta 71
Ross Society Country Club Rustic 72
Magnolia National 2016 (Sunday - Max Firm) Boreal 72
Magnolia National 2016 Par 3 (Firm) Boreal 27
Oakmont Country Club (Medium) Rustic 70
Old MacArthur Highlands 71
St. Andrews Links - Old Course Highlands 72
Magnolia National (CC Qualifier) Boreal 72
Magnolia National Par 3 Course Boreal 27
St. Andrews Links - Old Course Highlands 72
Oakmont Country Club Rustic 70
Merion East Golf Club Boreal 70
Leelanau Bluffs (Par 71) Delta 71
Pinehurst No. 2 Boreal 70
Chambers Bay (WGC Match Play) Highlands 71
Ross Society Country Club Rustic 72
Doak Island Resort Tropical 72
The Ross Club of Detroit Rustic 70