TPC Scottsdale Statium Course home for the Waste Management Tournament
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Other Courses by Wayne Adams
Reviewed by: Craig LeVasseur on 3/14/2016
I fired this one up with the same level of excitement that I always get when trying a new real course in TGC. I was immediately disappointed to be playing the pre-renovation version of Scottsdale. That's my fault, as I didn't read the release notes from the designer. At the same time, though, it's still a little disappointing.
I've played the course quite a bit in Tiger Woods, although it's definitely been awhile. It seems like a pretty faithful recreation in terms of the layout, but I'm not sure how accurate the sculpting of the course is. With the ability to modify textures in the GNCD, I'm also a little skeptical about the use of the Delta theme instead of Desert.
These are my overly critical observations when judging an RCR, though. If I can take a step back and just analyze the course on its own and not as an RCR, there are a lot of things to like here. The smooth fairway sculpting combined with the late afternoon lighting looks fantastic. There is plenty of fairway here, which immediately makes for a more relaxing round. This can lead to letting your guard down, though, which is a mistake. I often found myself above the hole on my approach shots, leaving extreme downhill, difficult putts for my birdies. It took me a solid 9 holes to adjust my game to start making better decisions on approach.
Overall, it's probably not difficult enough to replicate the PGA Tour experience, but all of the elements are there for it to be a great venue for no-aids play. My hypercritical nature, combined with the availability of some really fantastic courses, requires me to keep this one off of the list of the very best RCR's. But as a standalone TGC course, this one is enjoyable and should be on everyone's list to play.